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The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians: Drawing a Line

Southbank Centre, London

Image credit: Damon Albarn onstage at The Roundhouse London, 2010, with members of The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music © Mark Allan

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Drawing a line: From the Great War to civil war

A remarkable panel come together to give an in-depth view on Syria, its contested borders and the migrant crisis.

A hundred years after the Sykes-Picot Agreement saw French and British diplomats carve up the Middle East, historian James Barr explores the WW1 pact’s links to the current conflict, which to date has displaced nearly ten million people.

He is joined by writer Wassim Al-Adel, who mentors displaced Syrian refugee children and youth living on the Syrian border, Regina Catrambone, the co-founder of MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), the search and rescue charity that has to date saved over 12,000 lives at sea and Ahmad, a Syrian campaigner born in Aleppo and recently granted asylum in the UK.

Chaired by Diana Darke, author of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis and Middle East expert.

This event was presented by 14-18 NOW, WW1 centenary art commissions, and accompanied the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

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