The Celebrate Syria event will highlight the best of Syrian art, music and food on Regent Campus, and will introduce a Westminster student’s Lebanon-based social enterprise that focuses on young Syrian artists.

On Friday 26 February Celebrate Syria will open with a screening of the film The Art of Resilience in Fyvie Hall, Regent Campus. The documentary, produced by Westminster student Raghad Mardini, is about the Art Residence Aley (ARA), which she founded. Based in Lebanon, ARA gives young artists from Syria a place to develop their skills.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Raghad Mardini and the launch of the book Syrian Art in Hard Times 2012–2015. The event will then close with a taste of Syrian food, music and art.

Raghad Mardini is a student on the Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture MA course in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. She joined the University to start her dream of running a social enterprise celebrating the arts.

Speaking about the importance of art in Syria, Raghad said: “It’s the power of life over death, peace over war. At this event, you can engage in Syrian culture through art, music and food.”

The event is part of the Career Development Centre’s Employability Month, and aims to highlight the link between employability and social enterprise.

Berekhet Berakhy from the Career Development Centre said: “Supporting students to think and potentially run their own enterprise, including social enterprise, is one among the many practical ways that the University of Westminster enables students to improve their employability prospects.

“Raghad’s event – Celebrate Syria – is at the beginning of such a journey. With the structured support of her course leader and the Career Development Centre, the event will enable her to showcase her talents in curating a multi-sensory art and cultural show. It will also be a fantastic opportunity for her to share the fruits of her labour with like-minded professionals, future clients, sponsors and the media.

“Should Raghad decide to pursue her dream of setting and running social enterprise for Syrian arts, this event would offer a perfect start.”


The event will take place in Fyvie Hall, Regent Campus from 4.30–7.30pm.

  • 4.30–5pm: Film screening – The Art of Resilience
  • 5-6pm: Panel discussion
  • 6-7pm: Art exhibition, music and food

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