Assyrian Festival of Music and Culture kicks off in Australia

FAIRFIELD, Australia —  The Assyrian National Council in Australia held the Assyrian Festival of Music and Culture at Fairfield, with the aim of gathering the Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people and spreading their endangered culture due to the crises throughout  history.

The festival began with a prayer held by priest of the Assyrian Church of the East Father Ramin Yohannes.

Then, head of the Assyrian National Council in Australia Hormuz Shaheen delivered a speech, in which he spoke about the ancient history of music and culture of the Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian).

Shaheen added that music played an important role in the civilization of the Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people, especially in wars, culture and religion.

Shaheen thanked the representatives of the Australian Federal Government and representatives of institutions of Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people that participated and attended the festival.

About 13 artists and singers from Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) people participated in this festival, alongside with folkloric bands performances.

At the end of the festival, Australian MP Chris Bowen presented musical gifts to five Syriac (Aramean-Chaldean-Assyrian) persons, as an appreciation for their efforts in the festival.

Other Australian MPs, including Stephen Kamper presented symbolic gifts to some of the participating musicians and folklore troupes.