“The shrine of the prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, is very special. It’s a spiritual place which brings relief to your heart. When I go there I feel a deep belonging to this land, its language and thoughts. Any differences between Syrians and local people disappear at the shrine. It feels like we’re one people.”

Lemis Alrehbe, Poet

“For me it’s a hall at the municipal building where Syrian and Turkish artists meet and share their work. I feel appreciated there. We’re invited to exhibitions and given the chance to show our work. No one there cares about nationality. Art is like the universal language that brings us together.”

Suzan Mislim, Artist