Homs is considered to be one of the major cities in Syria that has a strategic location along the fertile Orontes valley in the middle of Syria between Damascus and Aleppo. Homs has been a home to many civilizations through history, this led Homs to be one of the most attracted city to settlers in Syria. It was known as Emesain ancient times, it dates back to 2300 B.C. This historical background increases the significance of protecting and passing on the city’s cultural heritage to the next generations.
The website "Homs Sweet Homs" aims to shed light on the cultural heritage of the city of Homs showing what’s at stake (the rich history of the city and the diversity of its people) and what’s being lost during the current conflict. This website is a documentation of Homs in several aspects; it comprehends cultural and social life, arts, music, literature, food and other values of the city.
In addition, the initial activities and communication during the preparation of “Homs Sweet Homs” helped to maintain and develop the network of Syrian cultural heritage activists and professionals.
Anadolu Kültür was founded in 2002, as a non-profit cultural institution. Individuals from various fields of arts, business and civil society came together to spread culture and art across Turkey and abroad. Anadolu Kültür continues its efforts with the belief that cultural and artistic exchange will help develop mutual understanding, dialogue, and overcome regional differences and prejudices, as well as believing that a broader cultural life will lead to discussions about concepts such as citizenship, identity and belonging.
Anadolu Kültür’s vision is to achieve the dream of a society that has managed to overcome its prejudices, finds nourishment and enrichment through differences, and where cultural diversity is not perceived as a source of conflict but wealth. Anadolu Kültür aims to build bridges between different ethnic, religious and regional groups by sharing culture and art, supporting regional initiatives, emphasizing cultural diversity and cultural rights and consolidating interregional collaboration.
This project is implemented in collaboration with Kaleemat Art Gallery, SIMAT – Syrians for Cultural Heritage and supported by Chrest Foundation.
Project's Coordinator: Nashwa Hamdoun.
Project Assistant: Mert Hocaoğlu.