The Cultural Thing, in co-operation with its parent organisation – NoozDesk - is organising a tour of Syria with an unsigned music band from Australia and one from the UK, to take place in the summer 2013.
The aim of the tour is to promote a better understanding of events in Syria and to unite young people from the West and Syria. We are calling the tour ‘Guitars Not Guns’. There have been too many young people from the West going to Middle East countries with guns – we want to change that!
Gari Sullivan, who founded The Cultural Thing, lived in Syria in 2007 and has returned there on a regular basis. If you are interested, you can read a detailed account of his trips to the country from his Insight Into Syria page. There is also a Facebook page where you can connect and chat directly with Syrians.
Young Syrians love ‘Western’ music. They are aware of all the bands familiar to people in the West. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to bring music lovers from two opposing sides of the world to make friends and gain better understanding of each others culture and political situations. People coming together without the interferences of governments.
As well as performing at least three gigs in major Syrian cities during the 10-day tour, the bands will:
- Have the opportunity to be interviewed on Syrian TV and Radio.
- Be part of a video documentary of the tour.
- Make a promo video
- Network with Syrian musicians and event organisers
- Have their website translated into Arabic – subject to type of website.
The tour will have a Syrian technical and translation crew supporting the bands every step on the way. They will also have the support of youth and other organsations in Syria.
Young Syrians – They get to widen their knowledge of world music, make contacts with young people in the West, promote peace and understanding.
Young British and Australians – They get to widen their understanding of events in Syria and the rest of the Middle East, make contacts with young people in Syria, promote peace and understanding.
The Bands – They get to promote their musical talents to a much wider audience, make important international contacts and develop their world music understanding
We need to raise only £9,000 that just $13,650AUD for the ten-day tour. You can help by donating even a small amount to the ‘Guitar Not Guns’ tour fund. Simply click on the ‘Guitar Not Guns’ paypal donate button on the right hand side of this page.
Please note: Due to Western government sanctions, Syrians are not allowed to use PayPa
Any UK or Australian band seriously interested in doing the tour should discuss it as a group and then contact The Cultural Thing to be included in future discussions and project updates. You will be expected to fund-raise for the tour.
Please note: There is not as much violence in Syria as the Western media would have people believe. There are just no-go parts of the cities. All involved in the tour will have the protection and support of Syrians who have local knowledge and speak fluent English and Arabic.