Dreaming of Syra was a one day festival that had it's first edition in RASA, Utrecht in August 2016. The festival offerered a programme with musicians, film, artists, stories and a 3-course Syrian dinner. Dreaming of Syria was created by Iris Loos and Tamer Alalloush in collaboration with over 40 Syrian and Dutch volunteers. The festival was supported by Vluchtelingenwerk Utrecht, Gemeente Utrecht and kfHein Fonds. A week before the festival, the tickets where sold out and Dreaming of Syria many positive reactions afterwards.
The succes of the festival lead to the founding of Dreaming of Syria Foundation, that was officially created in December 2016.
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