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The symphony of life does not cease: Yemeni culture and arts resist misery

The steadfastness of Yemeni art is a unique phenomenon in a country suffering from crises


  • The “Heritage Symphonies” project demonstrates the ability of Yemeni art to endure and create even in the darkest circumstances, supported by its diversity and cultural richness.

  • The arts offer an outlet to express emotions, promote solidarity, spread hope, and provide an escape from difficult reality, especially in times of crisis.

  • Individual and institutional initiatives, media, and technology play an important role in developing the cultural landscape, transmitting cultural heritage, and strengthening societal identity.


Cultural and artistic flourishing typically occurs in societies characterized by political and social stability, economic prosperity, and cultural diversity and pluralism. For instance, the Golden Ages of Islam and the European Renaissance witnessed an extraordinary surge in cultural and artistic expression. However, some societies defy the odds and strive to preserve their arts and culture even in the darkest of times, as is the case in Yemen, an ancient land with a rich civilizational heritage.

The "Symphony of Heritage" project, led by composer Mohamed Al-ghoom, stands as a remarkable example of Yemenis' endeavor to bring their art to the world, ensuring its continuity and transmission to future generations. The project presents traditional music concerts in an orchestral style on stages around the globe, starting in Malaysia and moving on to Egypt, France, Kuwait, and Qatar, with more concerts scheduled in the coming months.

Despite the stagnation and crisis that Yemen is experiencing, the country's cultural diversity and artistic richness have served as a powerful driving force for the persistence of arts and culture despite all constraints. When the cultural scene is conducive to creativity, society is prepared to collaborate and exchange experiences and cultures, audiences are engaged and eager for art, and cultural and artistic leadership is strong, it is impossible to silence the voice of art and culture.

Individuals and institutions that support the arts and encourage creativity can play a pivotal role in nurturing the cultural landscape. The media can also play a crucial part in raising awareness of and promoting culture and arts.

Moreover, technology provides artists with new tools to express themselves and create novel forms of art. Consequently, societies can preserve their heritage and pass it on to future generations, overcome the consequences of crises, and break free from the shackles of despair.

The survival of arts and culture in some societies amidst crises is a fascinating phenomenon with several underlying reasons, most notably the avenues that arts and culture provide for expressing emotions and ideas that are difficult to articulate in words, especially during times of crisis. Additionally, arts help connect people and foster a sense of belonging and community.

Art and culture also offer a sense of hope and inspiration, assisting people in confronting challenges. They provide an opportunity to escape from harsh realities and immerse oneself in a world of beauty, creativity, and positive thinking. Furthermore, they constitute an essential component of a society's identity and history, reinforcing a sense of pride and belonging.

Returning to the “Heritage Symphonies” project as an example, it demonstrates a substantial response from Yemeni audiences both within and outside the country. This phenomenon serves as a testament to the role of arts and culture in bringing people together and instilling in them a sense of solidarity, hope, and continuity.

Culture and arts represent an esteemed human heritage that spans across time, from ancient civilizations to the modern era. They are characterized by continuous renewal and creativity. Without this renewal and creativity, cultures perish, and arts fade away. Hence, cultural and artistic projects in Yemen and beyond hold immense significance for the continued resonance of Yemen's rich cultural, artistic, and heritage symphony, which has endured and renewed itself over millennia due to its richness, diversity, and the people's love for it.




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