Manifesta Foundation, located in Amsterdam, invited a group of young Syrian professionals residing in the Netherlands to develop a project that creates a dialogue and a mutual understanding between both Syrian and Dutch professionals. This project materialised into a radio station where they will exchange their stories, music and current socio-political topics relevant to their own experience. Samer Aladib told Dutch newspaper Het Parool how he was asked by Manifesta Foundation Amsterdam to develop a storytelling project: together with four fellow Syrian professionals he created Radio Sonono, established for Syrian refugees, who, “just like us, miss the voice of singer Fairuz, a familiar refrain on the Syrian radio during the morning hours”, Samer told the newspaper. Besides that, the Syrian professionals that established Radio Sonono want to familiarise refugees that arrive in the Netherlands with their new home country, stimulate them to undertake activities and get to know their new home.
In the context of the 11th edition of Manifesta Biennial in Zurich, focusing on the theme “What People Do for Money”, Manifesta 11 asked them to extend the project to Switzerland by establishing a dialogue with Swiss professionals.