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Join artist Manya Alkhmri to make beautiful prints! A quick print, also known as press-print, is an easier and safer alternative to lino blocks for younger children. It’s also an ideal introduction to block printing for adults.

This is a perfect creative workshop for a family Saturday afternoon activity. Book your ticket now. All materials will be supplied.

Manya Alkhmri is a Manchester-based artist, born and raised in Syria. She uses different media and materials, focusing on painting and sculpture. She loves to explore nature and landscapes, where she can express emotions using huge spaces, colour and textures. She studied sculpture at the Institute of Applied Art, Damascus, Syria (2000-2002,. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Media and Visual Communication from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Manya exhibited at Damascus Castle Gallery (2002), Alassd Library in Damascus (2004) and participated in Celebrating Syria Festival of Art and Culture in Manchester in 2017 and 2019. In 2018 she jointly exhibited at Rethink Rebuild Society (Syrian Community Centre) in Manchester.

Manya is a member of CIWA, a collective of international women artists based in the North West of England. Between 2017 and 2018 the group of artists met through the Travelling Heritage Bureau project and participated in collective exhibitions and performances at HOME Mcr during Refugee Week, Thread Bearing Witness exhibition at The Whitworth Art Gallery with artist Alice Kettle, A Room of One’s Own at Zellij Arts and Still I Rise at Manchester Art Gallery. Manya had also worked with the Arts Council in Manchester and delivered multiple creative workshops.

She is currently developing her art practice as a tool for activism to express her views around the issues she’s concerned about.

Manya Alkhmri of Celebrating Syria Festival stands proudly against a painted backdrop with a hand on a soft fabric sculpture


Building on 4 years of success, culminating in an entirely virtual festival in December 2020, Rethink Rebuild Society persists with its creative mission, showcasing the talent and creativity of Syrian artists in the UK and presenting a truly bright image of Syria and its culture and heritage, an image that has long been neglected amidst the war and the refugee crisis.

The 5th Celebrating Syria Festival will take place from 11-26 March 2022 and will be a hybrid of events held online and in person. It will feature, among other activities, an art exhibition, a theatre performance, live music, films, panel discussions and interactive art workshops, and will end with a family fun day. There will be something for everyone.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Distance’, or Masafat مسافات in Arabic, a title that is ‘inspired’ by social distancing measures imposed on us all as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, where isolation and distance became the norm and many people stayed away from loved ones. ‘Distance’ also sums up the experiences of many Syrian and non-Syrian people, forcibly displaced, exiled or refugees around the world as a result of injustice.

With this theme in mind, the festival uses arts and culture to challenge physical, emotional and cultural distance and barriers, bringing people closer to one another, reducing isolation, alienation and marginalisation and reinforcing dialogue and integration in the multicultural society of Manchester and the UK at large.


We are committed to making Celebrating Syria accessible to everyone. For each ticketed event three different prices are available, following the ‘solidarity economy’ approach. The highest price is intended for high waged, the middle price for low and medium waged and the lowest price (always £1) for unwaged. This means you can choose the price that suits you. By choosing a higher price, if you can afford it, you are supporting the festival and enabling lower earners to attend festival events. We base our ticketing structure on trust, so no evidence of income is required. As usual, asylum seekers can attend all events for free. If you require free tickets, please contact or on 0161 222 9779. 


If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

This festival has been possible through generous funding from Arts Council England.

  • Price
    £5 high waged / £3 medium waged / £1 low waged - scroll down to learn more
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
    90 minutes
Date Time & Place
Saturday 19 March 11:30am
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