Event spotlight: Arabic calligraphy in Inverness

We caught up with Aman, who is facilitating an Arabic calligraphy workshop in Inverness this weekend.

Hi Aman! Tell Us a Bit About Yourself

Hello! My name is Aman. I’m originally from Syria and moved to Scotland in October 2019. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to live in several countries, with Egypt and Scotland being the places where I’ve spent the most time after leaving Syria. These experiences have deeply influenced my view on art and culture, especially Arabic calligraphy, which holds a special place in my heart.

I’m thrilled to be part of this event organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, where I hope to share my passion for Arabic calligraphy and connect with others who appreciate its beauty and significance.

How Does It Feel to Be Part of This Year’s Festival?

It is truly an honour to be part of this year’s Festival. Being able to showcase the art of Arabic calligraphy and share it with others is incredibly fulfilling. This festival provides a wonderful platform for cultural exchange, celebrating diversity, and fostering understanding between different communities.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this vibrant community and highlight the beauty of Arabic calligraphy, a form of art deeply rooted in my cultural background.

Tell Us a Bit About Your Event – and What Are You Most Looking Forward to During It?

The event focuses on Arabic calligraphy, an ancient art form with immense cultural significance. I’ll be sharing insights into its history, techniques, and its role as a cultural symbol.

Through a workshop and demonstrations, participants will have the opportunity to experience writing Arabic calligraphy themselves. What I look forward to most is seeing the participants’ enthusiasm and engagement as they discover the beauty of this art form.

The Calligraphy event is happening thanks to Refugee Festival funding. The High Life Highland Adult Learning, which delivers learning & ESOL for the Resettlement Programmes led by the Highland Council Team, applied for the funding and invited me to lead the Arabic calligraphy workshop.

Anything Else You’d Like to Share?

I want to express my gratitude to the Scottish Refugee Council for organising this event and providing a platform to celebrate cultural diversity through art.

I hope this festival inspires others to explore and appreciate the beauty of Arabic calligraphy and encourages meaningful cultural exchange among attendees.

Thank you Aman!

If you’re in Inverness, don’t miss Arabic Calligraphy: the Art of Handwriting at Spectrum Centre, from 10am-1.30pm on 22nd June.