SACF 2022 Programme

This year’s inaugural festival offers a platform to showcase a rich and exciting body of artistic output and creative expression that sheds light on Syria’s historical, economic, social, political and cultural specificities. It presents a multitude of entry points through which to approach and reflect on present-day Syria, pitting the richness and diversity of Syria, along with its local intricacies, against the uniformity portrayed by the global media and its images. Such an assemblage of works then necessarily points towards the plurality of the people and modes of existence that have constituted the formation of Syria since its independence in 1946. 

The festival emerges as a site of counterrepresentation, where a broad range of narratives, topics and issues can begin to make their way to the surface, allowed to be made visible once again. This importantly, presents a portal, wherein connections between past realities and present-day urgencies can be redrawn, offering a lens through which the revolutionary aspirations of 2011 and the violent and destructive suppression that has since engulfed the country can be re-witnessed not as an isolated set of events, but rather encountered as a series of situated historical processes. This then opens up a space to creatively and critically reflect on a number of pertinent questions: How can we begin to renegotiate the present through the lens of the past? What reparative possibilities can be realised through such encounters? And lastly, what new trajectories towards the future can be generated as a result?


An Evening with Ayman Jarjour and Fares Ishaq

Ayman Jarjour and Fares Ishaq

Kings Place

January 20, 2022


Hidwa - Lullabies for Troubled Times

Dima Orsho


Kings Place

January 20, 2022


The Cinema of Omar Amiralay

Omar Amiralay



January 22, 2022


A Taste of Syria

Syrian Sunflower

 Made in Hackney

January 23, 2022


Looking Back to Move Forward

Dr. Ammar Azzouz, Dima Mekdad, Lina Sinjab, Louai Alhenawi & Sandouk Alhakaya

Museum of London

January 24, 2022


Dreams of the City

Mohamad Malas


January 27, 2022


Access to the Future

Abdullah AlKafri, Khaled Barakeh & Shireen Atassi

Online, Zoom

January 28, 2022


SACF x Sada Sound Syndicate

Sada Sound Syndicate

Online on

Radio Al Hara & Root Radio

January 20 – February 7, 2022


Omar Amiralay: Sorrow, Time, Silence

Hala Alabdalla

Barbican Centre

January 30, 2022


The Voice of Ancient Syria

Ibrahim Keivo

Kings Place

February 16, 2022


Syrian Cassette Archives London Showcase

Syrian Cassette Archives

Cafe Oto

February 3, 2022