Syrians Celebrate The First Cultural Center in Raqqa

Syrians are finally starting to get back to their normal life as they opened the first cultural centre since defeating ISIS in the northern city of Raqa.

The cultural centre contains a brand new library, while books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint.

Moreover, the Raqqa Center for Arts and Culture has also paintings hung beside charcoal drawings, with sculptures of human figures.

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Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since the ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since the ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Ziad al-Hamad, director of the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa. He holds a book as he sits in its library on May 1, 2019. Delil souleiman / AFP

Ziad al-Hamad, director of the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa. He holds a book as he sits in its library on May 1, 2019. Delil souleiman / AFP

Amal al-Attar, a 37-year-old artist, looks at her artworks on display during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Amal al-Attar, a 37-year-old artist, looks at her artworks on display during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS ended  its rule in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS ended its rule in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since the ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since the ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Ziad al-Hamad, director of the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa. He holds a book as he sits in its library on May 1, 2019. Delil souleiman / AFP
Ziad al-Hamad, director of the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa. He holds a book as he sits in its library on May 1, 2019. Delil souleiman / AFP
Amal al-Attar, a 37-year-old artist, looks at her artworks on display during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Amal al-Attar, a 37-year-old artist, looks at her artworks on display during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Sunlight floods into a brand new library at the cultural centre where books line shelves along a wall that still smells of wet paint. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Residents of the eastern Syrian city of Raqa view artworks during an exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS rule ended there, on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS ended  its rule in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP
Members of a traditional music and dance group perform at the first cultural centre to open since ISIS ended its rule in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa on May 1, 2019. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP