Under the auspices of “Mother Syria Assembly ” “Sun Gate forum was launched on Sunday, 02/12/2017 in a cultural and artistic celebration , in the “City of Hope”, restaurant in Damascus.
In a welcoming speech during which he announced the twinning between “Mother Syria Assembly ” and “Sun Gate ” President of the assembly, Dr. Mahmoud al-Irk said that this event signifies affiliation to Syria’s civilization and diverse cultures and the Syrian Phoenician alphabet that taught the world poetry, literature, and the art and has been always a meeting place for love and renunciation of war, murder and the forces of darkness.
MSA President added that “the sun gate ” forum is but an integral part of MSA “cultural approach” , especially that the past six years witnessed tragic conditions that emerged from the unjust war against Syria, and therefore a good alternative should be created in, with the fact that MSA is a supportive and an incubator for all talents which are the ingredients of a new Syrian generation, who is committed to homeland Syria and a lover of knowledge, stressing that this meeting stands against all attempts to eliminate Syria’s ancient culture and prove that both the artist and the soldier play their due role in protecting man and the homeland.
Minister of National Reconciliation Dr. Ali Haidar stressed the importance of the event in building the Syrian culture after six years of war.
” Meeting on an intellectual and cultural activity needs deep understanding and sincere tools ” he said, adding that such events means celebrating joys after six years of a war of atrocities imposed on our country , with an attempt to enhance our commitment to Syria , the country of 10 thousand years of civilization
Chairman of “Sun Gate” forum Dr. Bahjat Akroush said that twinning between MSA and “the Sun Gate” aims to convey the message of the Syrians who are fighting terrorism, in one hand and write in the other , so that their art and literature will be a witness for what was happening in their country, to be tales for next generations about the heroism of the Syrian people in defending their country , noting that addressing the forum as the “Sun Gate” is due to the fact that art and literature signify the victory of the Syrian army and to confirm the fact that word and music are tools to confront terrorism that Syria’s civilization will not die , rather will deter terrorism as it has been always triumphed throughout its history against the invaders.
Renowned artist and filmmaker Mazhar al-Hakim said:” “Give me bread and theatre , I give you sublimed people.”
Interventions by Rev. Gabriel Chairman of the national amity forum, Mrs. Edna Kheir Beck, and writer Hassan Hamwi stressed that the Syrians are but the oak trees in this blessed land .. They are towering mountains and olive trees and that al-Sham may get sick and may bleed, but will not die, stressing that the Syrians always seek a better tomorrow ..
During the ceremony which was attended by cultural and artistic figures , patriotic songs and speaking about the reality of the situation were by artists Hossam Tahsin, Samir Samra, and Essam Jamal, in addition to monologues that expressed determination to rebuild Syria.