Ancient traditions and cultures find new house in Dêrik

A cultural center has been built in an empty house near Dêrik in Rojava, where ancient traditions and cultures are maintained.

Pargin is the name given by the Kurdish nomads to the canal that protects their tents from water. And because the safety of their tents is so important to them, it is not just a simple canal for the Kurdish nomads.

They have now named their cultural center in Dêrik in Northern and Eastern Syria Pargin. Their goal is to let their culture live on. In the cultural center the bard tradition of the dengbêj is practiced, govend is danced and traditional instruments are played.

Uninhabited houses in a village near Dêrik have been restored and used for the cultural center. Mamoste [teacher] Ibrahim from the direction of the cultural center explains that the term Pargin symbolizes the culture and traditions of the people from the region.

Filmmaker Şêro Hindê, who co-founded Pargin, also emphasizes the goal of bringing locals to the center: "We don't want people who are not from the region to produce works of art here, but rather we would like to see the locals reproduce their own culture. For example, when we set up the center, we wanted people from the region to take part."

Rojda Hisen, one of the visitors to Pargin, agrees and adds that the center is also important for the women in the region: "A lot of women work in Pargin and that is a great success. Here Pargin offers women a space in which they can produce their art and develop further."