ZALIN and HASAKAH, Syria — The Syriac Cultural Association is gearing up for the 3rd Annual Mardutho Festival, set to take place in Zalin (Qamishli) and Hasakah in North and East Syria.
Istifan Massoud, an official of the Syriac Cultural Association in Zalin, revealed that meticulous preparations are in full swing for this vibrant festival, spanning both Hasakah and Zalin.
Massoud elaborated on the preparations, which encompassed training sessions for folk bands, choirs, and scouts to ensure a splendid showcase of talents.
“The organizing committee has engaged with various Syriac institutions, urging their participation and attendance at the festival,” Massoud remarked. He further explained that the festival, spanning two days, serves as a rich testament to the cultural heritage of the Syriac people. The first day of the event will be hosted on 25 August at Gulbankian Hall in Zalin, with the second day unfolding at Maribella Hall in Hasakah.
Massoud revealed that the festival’s program encompasses a Scout band presentation, followed by performances from two choir ensembles hailing from the Syriac Cultural Association. Moreover, folklore presentations from the participating bands will further enrich the festival.
He highlighted that the event will also celebrate individual children’s talents, providing them with a platform for showcasing their skills, alongside engaging singing presentations.
As the festival draws to a close, Hasakah will play host to an awards ceremony where participants will be honored with well-deserved shields of recognition.