The Euphrates Heritage House
Report on Syria TV
The Euphrates Heritage House is a key component of the Eye on Heritage ‘Heritage of the Euphrates’ project.
In an effort to preserve Euphratean musical and literary heritage, a group of young people from the Deir ez-Zor province of Syria have established the Euphrates Heritage House. This centre is located near the Syrian / Turkish border in the Turkish province of Urfa (Şanlıurfa), which has recently become a centre for refugees from the Euphrates and Jazirah regions of Syria.
The Heritage of the Euphrates project regularly publishes content to local and regional audiences on Facebook. Its videos have attracted over five million views.
Eye on Heritage
Eye on Heritage is a new platform for engaging stories from the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. We work with professional and amateur photographers and film-makers to bring authentic heritage and culture to local and international audiences.
Cultural heritage, in both tangible and intangible forms, is under threat from neglect, misappropriation, and destruction. The situation has become particularly urgent due to sectarianism, nationalism, and conflict.
Eye on Heritage provides a platform for the documentation and celebration of visual and material culture that may be vulnerable to physical damage or destruction. We also seek to record vulnerable oral and musical traditions at risk of erosion, either through the reduction in cultural transmission from one generation to the next, or through deliberate campaigns of suppression.
We combine the outreach potential of digital and social media channels with a network of talented photographers, film-makers, and storytellers. Our current projects include campaigns celebrating poetry and musical traditions from the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria, the Tigris River Valley in Iraq, and the rural and urban areas of northern Afghanistan.