Syrian cultural centers to remember Commander Soleimani with art exhibitions

December 28, 2020 - 18:50

TEHRAN – Two cultural centers in the Syrian capital of Damascus will open two exhibitions of posters and photos of Qassem Soleimani on January 6 to commemorate the first martyrdom anniversary of the Iranian commander.

The Kafarsouseh Center will be hosting a photo exhibition entitled “Narrative of Love”, which will display the photos of Soleimani’s funeral procession.

Posters by a group of artists are also scheduled to be showcased in an exhibition titled “Only for God” at the Aburmaneh Center. 

Soleimani, the chief of IRGC Quds Force, was assassinated during a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad on January 3.

The events have been organized by Syria’s Ministry of Culture in collaborations with Iran’s Cultural Center in Syria and the Art Bureau of the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization.

The Art Bureau in Tehran has launched a campaign named “My Hero” to remember Commander Qassem Soleimani, a few days before the first anniversary of his assassination.

The campaign takes its name from an album the bureau released last week featuring nine ballads composed by Alireza Qazveh, Reza Yazdani, Ali-Mohammad Moaddab, Mohammad-Hossein Nemati, Faezeh Zarafshan, Milad Habibi, Mohammadreza Shafiei and Omid Mahdinejad.

The main goal of the campaign is to promote the album “My Hero”, and also help the singing style of ballads find its way among the citizens, and thereby discover talented youths.

After his martyrdom, Soleimani has become the subject of several films, theatrical productions and festival programs.
In February, only one month after his martyrdom, the courtyard of Tehran’s City Theater Complex hosted some open-air performances named “The Soldier” on the military life of the commander. 

The play, which was performed in three acts, was written by Amir-Hossein Shafiei and directed by Pejman Shahverdi.

The first act of the play was dedicated to Soleimani’s leadership of Iranian forces during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

His role in the victory of the Lebanese in the Israeli 33-Day War of 2006 was spotlighted in the second stage.

The last act of the drama focused on the key role he played in the defeat of the ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.  

“The Soldier” was a joint production of Iran’s General Office for Dramatic Arts and the Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense Theater Association.

Recently, young filmmaker Behnam Bahadori announced that he has made a short documentary named “Green Zone” about the good conduct of Commander Soleimani toward children.

The Children’s Department of the Art Bureau of the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization is the producer of the film.

The 38th Fajr Film Festival announced it would honor films on resistance and jihad with an award named after Soleimani.  

In addition, the 16th Resistance International Film Festival, which will be held during December, will review films on Commander Soleimani’s role in awakening people in the region and around the world in a special section named “Prominent Resistance Martyr Section”.

The Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality will also be releasing “The Soldier”, a symphonic poem composed in memory of the Commander on his first martyrdom anniversary. 

Arman Mehrian is the composer of the symphony, which is in its post-production stage.

Photo:  A poster for the photo exhibition “Narration of Love”, which is scheduled to be organized at the Kafarsouseh Center in Damascus.


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