Arts, Culture and Events

  • Sustaining Tradition: Pottery and Reed Crafts in Modern Homes

    For thousands of years, clay utensils for cooking and storing food have been an integral part of households in Sumer, the earliest known civilisation in what is now southern Iraq. Pottery holds a profound significance in Iraqi culture, where ancient civilisations relied on clay for constructing homes, crafting cooking tools,…

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  • International Women’s Day: Women Producers Exhibition at Dijlah Touristic Village

    On the Friday of March 8th 2024, woman worldwide came together to honour International Women’s Day. In the heart of Baghdad’s Dijlah Touristic Village, a group of enterprising women curated an event: the Women’s Producers Exhibition and Bazaar. Led by Zahraa Al Ali and Ola Al Khafaji, the exhibition showcases an array…

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  • Kahramana Arts Foundation presents Queens of Sumer

    On International Womens’ Day, the Kahramana Arts Foundation proudly presented a group exhibition featuring a diverse array of artworks by talented artists from Iraq, the event took a captivating turn as participating artists adorned themselves as Sumerian Queens. Embracing Iraqi Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and folkloric designs, they embodied the…

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  • Threads of Tradition: Dhamyaa Al Saffar’s Journey in Reviving Iraqi Fashion

    https://youtu.be/vcaQZmbfCgI?si=Offz3x88wr-T7KM4In an exclusive interview with Iraqi designer Dhamyaa Al Saffar, she introduces her new clothing brand that evolves around Iraqi heritage and traditional clothing for women. The history of Iraq is a great inspiration for Dhamyaa as it influences her designs to create unique Sumerian abayas. Dhamyaa speaks on her…

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  • Photography Exhibition of the Holy Imam Ali Shrine

    Najaf – (iina) A photography exhibition is held in Najaf by photographers working in the department of the Holy Imam Ali Shrine. The photos take a creative angle into the shrine to commemorate the birth of Ali bin Abi Talib (pbuh). Around 200 photographic pieces are presented to display the…

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  • Interview with Fashion Designer Dhamyaa Al Saffar

    Dhamyaa Al Saffar is an Iraqi traditional fashion designer who has created her brand a year ago, inspired by people’s passion to learn about Iraqi culture and history. Her initial ‘Our Heritage’ association aimed to revive Iraqi heritage in British cities, especially for foreign people who are not Iraqi themselves.…

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  • Baghdad International Fair: Discovering Egypt

    Baghdad – (iina) Egyptian merchants display their products at the Baghdad International Fair. The fair gives them an opportunity to showcase their culture through clothes, food, and decorations. These independent merchants add a bright touch to the fair as their stands are packed with colours coming from spices, and gold…

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  • Iraqi Council for Businesswomen Promotes Women Empowerment

    Baghdad – (iina) The Baghdad International Fair exhibits a section for Iraqi businesswomen who run independent businesses. Dr. Sabah Al-Tameemi established this initiative, in order to empower women and give them opportunities to partner with other countries to develop their independent businesses. As many of them started from small businesses,…

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  • Iraqi Handicrafts Gallery Exhibits Unique Cultural Pieces

    Baghdad – (iina) Shine On Gallery Exhibition is back in Baghdad with new handicrafts made by independent artists and business owners. Most of the arts and crafts represent the Iraqi culture with jewellery, paintings, home decorations, and many more. It is also a great place for tourists to explore the…

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  • Najaf’s Stone Engraving Practice

    Najaf – (iina) The city of Najaf is well known for its ancient heritage and holy places. The visitors of the holy shrines can bring back with them special Iraqi arts and crafts they can purchase as souvenirs. Amongst those is the art of engraving Arabic calligraphy or religious prayers…

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