Qisetna preserves the cultural and oral heritage of Syria, one story at a time.
They are dedicated to building an active, supportive community across the world, helping to connect Syrians living in Europe and beyond, with others who have also left their home country.
They often run free events, storytelling workshops and art exhibitions to encourage people to come together and share their precious memories of Syria! With stories from the narrow alleys of Old Damascus to the cotton fields of Deir Ezzor, Qisetna is at the frontier of Syrian arts and culture, a place where ordinary people write about their memories and reclaim their cultural identity. The stories here have become an important archive of Syrian experience which has been recognised by the Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year award in 2017.
Qisetna touches people from New York and Stockholm to Cairo and Tokyo, sharing not only Syria’s ancient oral heritage – the art of hakawati (storytelling) – but also the most recent works of its contemporary artists.