>> When Islamic State controlled Mosul, it banned music and arts, blew up statues and monuments. But the city's vibrant culture is rising from the ruins. The Qantara Cafe in east Mosul has become a magnet for the city's artists and intellectuals since it opened in March. Reuters Raya Jalabi is there.
>> It became a much needed cultural hub for Mosul's artists, writers, journalists, students, professors, people who had been banned and punished under Islamic State's draconian rule for doing the things they loved the most. On the wall behind me are items dedicated to documenting the crimes that ISIS committed in the cities.
There's a jumpsuit, handcuffs, plates and bowls, ID cards used by prisoners who were kept by ISIS.>> This is the first orchestral concert held in Mosul since the militants were defeated more than a year ago. A bittersweet moment, they're playing in a park where militants once trained child soldiers.
Thousands died in the battle for Mosul or fled. Mosul was historically a center of Iraqi culture and learning. Part of its library was burnt down. It's slated for renovation. But with so many pressing challenges in this damaged city, government efforts have stalled.