the urgency of being understood

     2019. AVASA is also present at the reopening of the Archaeological Museum of Aleppo. For this occasion, we set up an Arabic and English version of the exhibition "The millennia for today": the panels were visible on two large screens, some bilingual posters provided further information, and free copies of the catalog in English were available to the visitors. At this link you can find a report of the event written by Yasmine Mahmoud. 2019
     2019. After Rimini and Damascus, the exhibit "Millennia for today" continues its tour, this time in Los Angeles. The catalogue and panels have been entirely translated into English and presented to the public on the occasion of the Open House of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The exhibition will remain open indefinitely. 2019
     2018. AVASA has been invited to actively participate in the reopening of the National Museum of Damascus, after seven years of closure due to the war. So we decided to present a fully translated Arabic version (catalogue included) of the exhibition "Millennia for today", previously set up in Rimini. A report of the event is available at this link . 2018
     2018. Starting from the material presented at the Beirut exhibition, greatly expanded and enriched in its contents, AVASA has organized a new exhibition that has been set up for the Rimini Meeting in August 2018. Entitled "Millennia for today", it included new audios and videos, as well as a few objects that have been especially sent from Syria. Numerous collaborators of AVASA were also present in Rimini, to meet visitors and share their experiences. 2018
     2018. In Leiden, in the Netherlands, Urkesh has been the protagonist of a double event organized by the University of Leiden in collaboration with the associations "Ex Oriente Lux" and "Oriental Landscape Leiden". In this one-day event, entitled "Archeology for Peace", not only Urkesh has been presented as a paradigmatic example of a project that brings the local communities together, but we also set up an exhibition which included some of the panels already presented in Beirut, accompanied by new videos. 2018
     2017. The exhibition highlights the spirit of pride in the past that everyone shares in Urkesh, a past that these communities have internalized even more during these dark seven years of war.
     Organized by fellow archeologists from Qamishli, and translated into Arabic and Kurdish, the event will also include a series of guided tours for our friends from the many villages in the Urkesh hinterland. We illustrate in a separate page some details of the exhibition.
     2017. At the American University of Beirut, AVASA has dedicated an exhibition to our site during the six years of war. It was a particularly important event in light of the participation of Syrian colleagues representing various communities involved in safeguarding the country's cultural heritage. The entire material of the exhibition is available here (.PDF 2MB) and the catalog here (.PDF 4MB). In addition, you may read a detailed report on the full project. 2017
     2016. Another great exhibition at the Rimini Meeting on the millennial history of the Republic of Georgia, concentrated on the late ancient and medieval period, with a total of more than 12,000 visitors in a week. The catalog, quickly sold out and now reprinted, is also available online on our website. 2016
     2015. The Rimini exhibition arrives in a "traveling" form also in Domodossola, where it draws the attention of the public with a conference that fills the largest theater in the city, about 3,000 visitors, who mainly came from the surrounding school districts. 2016
     2015. Encouraged by the Rimini exhibition, Dr. Elias of Qamishli brought a reduced version of the exhibition, in Kurdish and Arabic, to a city near Urkesh (Qamishli) and various other small cities: here we are in the "Center for the Renewal of Civil Society" of Amuda. 2015
     2014. Then came the great experience of the Rimini Meeting. A great exhibition, with the contribution of a new professionalism and an exceptional cultural framework within the Meeting. More than 22,000 visitors within a week, and conferences with guests from Syria. 2014
     2012. Here is one of the most valuable exhibitions when it comes to its value and meaning: a small room near the Urkesh site, with simple photos, chosen by the locals and exclusively for them. A dirt floor, whitewashed walls, small photos. What else to demonstrate the pride of their past? 2012
     2011. Slightly less than a year later, the same exhibition was exhibited in the National Museum of Damascus - the last event that saw the two flags side by side (March 2011). All the panels of the exhibition are accessible online at www.urkesh.org. 2010
     2010. In 2009, the American embassy in Damascus asked us to set up an exhibition on the excavations in Urkesh. In 2010, the exhibition was exhibited in the ambassador's residence in Damascus for the celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4th. 2009