Fourth Day at Telskuf… Syriac Cultural Week 2022… A Rich Program and Fruitful Dialogues

On Sunday, December 11, 2022, the town of Telskuf hosted the activities of the fourth day of the Syriac Cultural Week 2022 which was organized by the General Directorate of Syriac Culture and Arts in the Kurdistan Region, at Mar Ephram Hall in Telskuf. The event was held in the presence of Mar Paul Thabit Habib, Pastor of the Chaldean Diocese of Alqosh, and Bassem Billo, Deputy of Telkef District, in addition to several priests, sisters, and a large number of people from Telskuf, neighboring villages, and towns.
At the beginning of the activities of the fourth day, Kaldo Ramzi Oghanna, Director-General of Syriac Culture and Arts, presented an honorary shield in the name of the Directorate to the Church of Telskuf, which was received by the Pastor of the Church, Father Faris Yako Marouki. Then, a dialogue session centered on “Our History” began in which Prof. Dr. Amer Al-Jumaili, a Researcher at the Mosul Studies Center / the University of Mosul, and Professor Rakan Faraj Al-Khayyat, a Researcher at the Nineveh Antiquities and Heritage Inspectorate, dealt with the issue of the Sennacherib Irrigation Project in Telskuf. The session was moderated by Bernard Youssef, Director of the Syriac Heritage and Museum. This was followed by a presentation of choreography by the Barmaya troupe, which comes from Beit Zalin / Qamishli, Syria.
Then certain poets took turns to recite their poems, namely: Jamil Francis / Teleskuf, Barzan Abdel-Ghani / Baghdida, Gabriel Mamuka / Karmles, Ghazwan Sabah / Baghdida, and Aytham Francis / Telskuf. This was followed by a singing segment with the artist Danny Asmaro and the musician Bashar Nader. Additionally, the Telskuf Folkloric Ensemble presented a choreography about traditional marriage in Telskuf.
On the sidelines of the fourth day’s activities, an exhibition of handicrafts and artworks of creative men and women of our people was opened.
It is worth noting that the Syriac Cultural Week 2022 continues its activities for the period from December 8-12, 2022, moving from Nohadra – Dohuk to Alqosh and Telsukf in the Nineveh Plain, as it concludes its activities in Zakho. Its program includes a variety of cultural activities, art exhibitions, and dialogue sessions, with the participation of elite creative people from among our people.

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