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Lion’s Head, Historic Syria, 9th–8th centuries BCE, Ivory, carved. With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM.

The large contemporary photographs that greet visitors at the entrance to Syria: A Living History, contrast sharply with the devastation wreaked by the country’s six-year civil war. Instead, the exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which spans 5 000 years, celebrates the land and people of Syria — and offers hope.

Members of the Mazij AlMusiqaa Ensemble perform at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. Asif Bhalesha

Long after the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games, its rhythms and melodies resonate. Samira Noorali spoke with the musicians to get behind-the-scenes feel for how that musical magic was created.

Kaleidoscope dance performed at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. Asif Bhalesha

Dancers perform a piece inspired by the colours, patterns and diversity of a kaleidoscope at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games, in Dubai.

South Asian dance at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games. Asif Balesha

South Asian Dance performance at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 29 July 2016.

Performances during the Closing Ceremony of the inaugural Golden Jubilee Games.

Long after the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games, its rhythms and melodies resonate. Samira Noorali spoke with the musicians to get behind-the-scenes feel for how that musical magic was created.

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