28/08/2023

Third Annual Mardutho Festival concludes in Hasakah, North and East Syria

HASAKAH, Syria — Under the auspices of the Syriac Cultural Association and with the participation of various institutions, including the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo d’Bethnahrin, MUB), the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), regional military councils, and prominent community figures, the Third Annual Mardutho Festival concluded in Hasakah, North and East Syria.

The day began with a moment of silence to honor the memory of martyrs, followed by a performance by the Syriac Cultural Association Scouts from Zalin (Qamishli).

Folk group Abdul Masih Qara Bashi from Hasakah showcased traditional songs emblematic of Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) heritage.

The program proceeded with folk presentations by the Syriac Cultural Association, the Assyrian Democratic Party’s (ADP) Athra folk troupe, and the Inana folk troupe. Poet Zerin Boutros delivered a compelling poem highlighting the significance of preserving the heritage of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in their homeland of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia). This was followed by a charming performance by young musicians Maria Qass Hanna and Naya Elias.

Vocalists Michel Echo and Maxim Ishak sung Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) folk songs.

The day’s events were brought to a close by a special ceremony acknowledging the contributions of poets, artists, bands, musicians, and gifted participants involved in the festival.

Security for the festival was provided by the Sutoro (Syriac Security Forces) and Sutoro Women.

Footage from the first day and second day of the festival was aired live by Suroyo TV.