NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — On Tuesday, the multi-ethnic video clip “Forgotten Melodies” was released. The clip includes performances by various folk bands, including the Yorthutho Folklore Band of the Syriac Cultural Association.
In a statement to Suroyo TV, Official of the Syriac Cultural Association Hanna Soumi said that, “About a year ago, we started preparations for this video clip, which highlights the cultural diversity and coexistence of the components of North and East Syria.”
According to Soumi, the clip includes performances by folk bands from six of the region’s components: Syriacs (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean), Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Circassians, and Armenians. Great efforts were made in filming and directing such a valuable work which reflects the cultural diversity of the region.
Art plays a major role in social cohesion,” said Soumi. “Through this video clip, we aim to convey a message that war cannot stop art and folklore. We filmed the clip scenes in a destroyed theater in Tabqa and some historical places that symbolize the components of the region and their love for life and peace.”
The video clip was funded by the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria.