Syrian Reflections Series

Syrian Reflections Series

Four years ago, Syrian Refugees began arriving in Canada. With support of the Syrian community, the Festival is presenting opportunities for attendees to discover what these New Canadians fought to get here and how they are thriving since their arrival.

Welland Centennial Secondary School Presents Escape from Syria

Friday, May 3, 7 pm
The Robby, 85 Church Street, St. Catharines

Welland Centennial’s one-act play Escape From Syria is a theatrical adaptation of the graphic novel “Escape From Syria” (Firefly Books, 2017) written by Canadian author Samya Kullab. Shining a light on the Syrian Refugee crisis 13-year-old Amina’s life is unexpectedly turned upside down after she — and her family — survive a harrowing explosion in their hometown of Aleppo. The audience follows Amina and her family through displacement, poverty, resettlement and the adjustment process. A true story of resilience, hope, and identity. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Escape from Syria
Escape from Syria
Escape from Syria
Escape from Syria

Film Presentation of Inside My Heart

Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 am and 7 pm
The Robby, 85 Church Street, St. Catharines

A film directed by Debra Kellner, delivers a vital reminder about the families and individuals who have been swept up in a global crisis that has seen more than 68 million people driven from their homes.

Syrians in Niagara Open House

Friday, May 10, 7:30 pm – 10 pm
The Robby, 85 Church Street, St. Catharines

The final piece of this exploration will be this Open House event. Occurring during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, these newly arrived Canadians invite all peoples from all religions to experience the Iftar-the traditional breakfast meal eaten after sunset, in a setting that encapsulates the feelings of sharing a meal with a friend who was once a stranger.