'Memory of Kobane' introduced in Bern

During the European Cultural Heritage Days held in Bern, a memory museum on Kobane has been introduced, and clay tablets made by Swiss and Kurdish artists have been exhibited.


The 28th European Cultural Heritage Days has started in Bern, Switzerland.

The Mesela Association, which has been active since 2019 to convey the history of Mesopotamia to the peoples by creating a cultural bond between the peoples of the Middle East and Europe in Switzerland, also took part in the European Cultural Heritage Days held in the historical Schloss Burgdorf castle in Burgdorf city of Bern. In an event, a memory museum depicting Kobane, curated by the Mesela Association with their project “Em Diyar in-We are visible”, has been presented.

In this year's event based on the theme of ‘forgotten professions’, clay tablets made by Swiss and Kurdish artists at Wanner Farm in Switzerland, have also been exhibited.

Speaking on behalf of the Mesela Association which involves Swiss, Kurdish and European sculptors, musicians and painters, Özlem Yaşar said that they want to establish a bond with the European peoples by promoting the resistance in Kobane, the reconstruction of Kobane and legacy of Mesopotamian history.

Werner Neuhaus, the owner of the Wanner 433 Mesela Cultural Farm, as well as the founder of the Association and also a sculptor, said that taking part in such an exhibition in the Schloss Burgdorf castle, which dates back to the 1200s, is important for bringing together the Mesopotamian culture and history and the European peoples.

Neuhaus stated that he took part in the reconstruction activities in Kobane, saying, “Mesopotamia’s geography, culture and history are very old compared to Europe. We will continue to convey this historical and cultural heritage to the peoples of Europe with our artistic works.”

Two documentary films shot in Sulaymaniyah and Switzerland as part of the “Em Diyar in-We are visible” project were also screened at the exhibition.