The Damascene Rose. From Syria to Turin is a cultural project stemming from the collaboration between the Royal Museums of Turin, the Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture and the Syria Trust for Development with the aim of promoting Syria’s rich cultural heritage through the lens of the iconic Damascene rose.

THE OATH OF CYRIAC
4 July – Arena Cavallerizza
In collaboration with the Museo Nazionale del Cinema

As the war rages around them, a small group of archaeologists, museum curators and attendants struggle to preserve the monumental collections of antiquities at the Aleppo National Museum during the Syrian conflict. For years, these women and men will bid farewell to their families every morning before heading to the museum under a hail of shells, facing sniper fire, often sleeping on the ground of the museum for several days in an attempt to accomplish their mission.

SAMI MOUBAYED IN CONVERSATION WITH CARLO CERRATO
5 July – Royal Palace, Dance Hall (2nd floor)
In collaboration with the Circolo dei Lettori of Turin

Journalist Carlo Cerrato interviewed Syrian historian and writer Sami Moubayed in an exploration of the Damascene Rose in Syrian literature as a symbol of beauty and cultural heritage.
AN ODE TO THE ROSE
5 July – Royal Palace, Salone delle Guardie Svizzere
A concert directed by Master Missak Baghboudarian, director of the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra.

Musicians:
Mirna Kassis,Voice
Valentina Corsi, Voice
Tareq Abu Salameh, Oud
Salah Namek, Cello
Lorenzo D’Erasmo, Percussions
Missak Baghboudarian, Piano
CULTURAL HERITAGE: A BRIDGE FOR PEACE
6 July – Royal Palace, Dance Hall (2nd floor)
Roundtable and keynote speech by Dr. Houmam Saad

Houmam Saad, Deputy Director General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria, addressed the disastrous effects of the Syrian conflict on the country’s cultural heritage, focusing on the importance of culture in post-conflict social and economic reconstruction.
Numerous experts spoke on the subject.

A ROSE FOR FOUR SAX
7 July – Roman Theatre
In collaboration with the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” of Turin
Concert part of the Torino Crocevia di Sonorità programmeMusicians and students of the Saxophone School of Master Pietro Marchetti:
Micaela Stroffolino, soprano sax
Mariagrazia Massanova, alto sax
Sofia Ferraro, tenor sax
Eugenio Enria, baritone sax