Syria Cultural Index

Creative database.

The Syria Cultural Index is an online network of the global Syrian artistic community.

A website that, on the one hand, functions as a gallery, on the other serves as a creativity hub for opportunities and support. It works as a reference, mapping, sharing and networking platform as well as an event-database, culture indexing archive, an integration and business accelerator. Furthermore, it’s a method to strengthen and support the process of the integration and intercultural assimilation.

The project is currently under development. The platform is planned to go live in June 2019.

Full narrative

If you want to know more about the Syria Cultural Index web platform, please have a look at our detailed narrative.

Selected features and functions

Rather than a detailed description the following list is an insight into a selection of features and by no means set or exhaustive.

  • Information and database access

  • Community building

  • Communication and collaboration tools

  • Business accelerator

  • Platform quality control

  • Event guide

  • Curations

All involved parties will have their own profile page, which allows them to display their information, work and personalized content. The profile information is added to a central database, that can be accessed by users for different purposes through an easy, user-friendly search function.
On the one hand, the platform serves as a network that helps create a much-needed community of Syrian artists in exile. On the other, it provides analysis and mapping of Syria’s dispersed cultural scene. It allows Syrian artists as well as other institutions and individuals interested in Syrian matters to filter and access content, and therefore, allows to enrich the design of future programs targeting the real needs of the Syrian cultural community.
The platform will offer communication tools such as an integrated messenger and groups allowing and engaging the users to privately and/or publicly communicate, share content, give feedback, spread ideas and – most importantly – collaborate.

The SCI supports the careers of Syrian cultural producers in various ways. Directly – by providing job offers and engaging independent collaboration projects – and indirectly – by helping its users to further develop their professional approach and methods, e.g. by hosting a programme that uses profile data to generate a professional biography and CV.

It is the aim of the SCI to keep the platform’s content at a professional standard and promote outstanding individuals. At the same time, it aims to minimalize the exclusion of the users from both accessing the Syrian cultural scene and being an active part of it.

Therefore, user profiles will have different access levels based on expertise and professional status. Profile moderators ensure authenticity of profiles (expert proof), users can comment and share artworks as well as add them to their personal collections (social proof).

The platform will contain a list of Syrian events around the world; including information about cultural festivals, concerts, exhibitions and more.

Platform members can collect artworks and put them into their very own curations. These personal exhibitions together create a museum, growing and changing over time. Curations section will contain features of liking and sharing their content and thus elevating the visibility of the artworks within the whole platform.

In addition to the personal curations, professionals from various fields will be selected by the association. Based on predefined criteria they will regularly select artworks and artists to be exhibited in special curations.


  • June - August 2018

    Concept Development

    We are developing a detailed draft of the platform describing its functionality, structure as well as visual appearance.

  • September 2018

    AGORA Event

    The agora, literally meaning “gathering place” or “assembly”, was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states.

    As an essential part of the development process, the SCI will host an AGORA event – a guided three-day workshop. Experts from various cultural fields that the SCI is meant to serve in the future as well as key figures of society with access to their local cultural scene will be invited.

    The participants will discuss their needs, wishes and ideas on the SCI web platform based on individual perspectives and their professional practice. Those debates will allow the target audience to be involved in the development process from the very beginning. Later, the participants will take part in alpha testing of the web platform.

  • October - November 2018

    Finalizing the Concept

    The results of the AGORA event will be integrated into the final concept.

  • December 2018 - May 2019

    Platform implementation

    Programming, creating and campaigning the platform.

  • June 2019

    Platform’s Launch

  • later ...

    Potential Future Extensions

    The SCI platform is versatile and could be expanded in the future. Starting by launching Cultural Indexes for the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) conflict zones, it aims to eventually expand globally.

Khaled Barakeh

project owner

“If you have any questions regarding the Syria Cultural Index, feel free to contact me any time!"