CULTURE & ART

AFTER THE After The beginning of the Rojava Revolution and the expansion of women’s roles into all areas of life, institutions for art and culture were opened across Rojava/Northern Syria. Many women have begun to participate in artistic and cultural activities. It was necessary to form a special arena through which women could display their art, so in 2016, the Golden Crescent (Kavana Zerin) movement was formed in Qamishli. The Golden Crescent movement allowed women to express themselves in a space without men, and to organize themselves in the cultural arena.

Throughout history, the Kurdish people have suffered greatly under tyrannical regimes which banned their language, culture, and history. In the face of fascism and dictatorship, women had the most prominent role in preserving Kurdish heritage. They would sing songs at night for their children, while farming and doing housework, and in weddings. Through these small acts, they held onto their culture and passed Kurdish songs down to the next generation.

The oppression that Kurdish art and culture faced made it difficult for women to join folkloric teams. Despite this, they continued to work in secret, and the teams put on dance, theatre, and musical performances during Newroz festivals. Through this, they showed how the Kurdish people suffered to prove their existence. The Rojava Revolution, which was a revolution of freedom and democracy, freed all women, and gave the Kurdish people the right to enjoy and develop their language, art, culture and history. The committee of culture and art has worked to protect and develop our cultural values, and to educate women and prove their existence in terms of intellectual, culture and artistic, which represents the resistance spirit.
The committee stood against all forms of capitalist modernity, which is dominated by material concepts and which has infiltrated all parts of modern life. Art has become a commodity in the global market, and cultures around the world have suffered. To fight against this, we must revive Kurdish folklore, art, and culture as well as all other cultures. The committee of culture and art has worked to protect and develop our cultural values, and to educate women and prove their existence in terms of intellectual, culture and artistic, which represents the resistance spirit. The committee stood against all forms of capitalist modernity, which is dominated by material concepts and which has infiltrated all parts of modern life. Art has become a commodity in the global market, and cultures around the world have suffered. To fight against this, we must revive Kurdish folklore, art, and culture as well as all other cultures.

WORKS OF THE COMMITTEE

The Golden Crescent centers have been opened in all provinces of Rojava/Northern Syria: Jazira, Afrin, and, most recently, Kobani. These centers provide women with cultural and artistic education, as well as courses to develop proficiency in Kurdish language and literature. The aim of these courses is to enrich the mosaic of Syria’s languages and cultures through art.
The centers formed artistic teams, including the Martyr Sakina team for music, the Martyr Ihan team, and many others, to teach Kurdish folk dances and traditional dress. These teams participated in national events and celebrations. A special orchestra institute was opened to teach children to sing and play musical instruments. The committee organized many festivals such as children’s festival, a cinema festival and a music festival.
The committee has also produced films that positively portray Kurdish culture and that promote important values. These films are important, as foreign films do not accurately fit the values and traditions of our society.

WOMEN’S CULTURAL CONFERENCE

The first conference of the Golden Crescent arts and culture movement was held on 20/10/2017 in Qamishli, under the slogan “With our cultural spirit, we will break the restrictions of Imrali and live a free and dignified life with the Leader APO. 210 delegates from all provinces of Rojava/Northern Syria attended this conference, which passed a number of resolutions. An internal system and a general coordinating body, comprised of seven women from all over Rojava/ Northern Syria, were established. The conference resolved to develop mechanisms to promote women’s culture and to strengthen their capabilities in cinema, theater and all other areas of art and culture; and to establish educational programs about women’s freedom and their role in building and developing their societies, especially in areas newly liberated from ISIS.

WOMEN’S CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

This association coordinates women’s artistic and cultural activities across Northern Syria. It is connected to the arts and culture body of the Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava/Northern Syria. The association includes five groups: the Golden Crescent Movement, the educational women, the women writers, the Arab women, and the Assyrian women. This association organized an art and literature festival that attracted people from all parts of society in Rojava/Northern Syria. The festival also attracted visitors from around the world, including America, Libya, Tunisia and other countries.

FUTURE PROJECTS

The committee plans to build an arts and culture academy, a women’s cultural center, an exhibition of women’s art, a children’s art section, and an exhibition of the work of writers and artists from all parts of Rojava. In order to build an educated society, the committee will open arts, culture, and literacy courses for women, as women constitute half of society and raise up the other half. It will also work to strengthen relationships with cultural and artistic organizations across Rojava, and with local and international women’s organizations.