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3rd Kurdish Youth Festival

06-08 January 2012

Washington, DC

More information to come

Check their website for updates: Kurdish Youth Festival website


3rd International Scientific Conference of Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan

18-20 October 2011
Hewlêr (Erbil), Kurdistan
Conference website

Spanning a period of three days, this gathering of researchers and intellectuals from locally and around the world will offer a potential 250 speakers and presenters, who will be invited to share the most cutting-edge information from their fields. The conference will be an unprecedented chance for corroboration and networking between Middle Eastern and international scientists and intellectuals, providing opportunities to build relationships that will accommodate joint cooperation for future ventures.


World Kurdish Congress

07-09 October 2011
Amsterdam, Netherlands
WKC Website

The first World Kurdish Congress (WKC2011) will be held in Amsterdam (7-9, October 2011). It is organised by the WKC Founding Committee members to unify Kurdish and non-Kurdish academic and professionals, well known personalities and businessmen in order to participate actively in the rehabilitation, reconstruction and development process of Kurdish society.


Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities under Siege

Iran map: ethnic groups

23 May 2011
Place: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003
Time: 12-1:00pm

More information

To RSVP, please call KHRW at 703-385-3806
or RSVP e-mail to, or

A panel of distinguished guest speakers including Mustafa Hijri, the General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, Dr. Karim Abdian, the Representative of Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran in the US, Carol Prunhuber journalist and the author of The Passion and Death of Rahman the Kurd, Dr. Leila Milani, the co-founder and Executive Director of Iran Rooyan, a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of women’s rights in Iran. Dr. M. Hosen Bor is an attorney and Baluchi activist and human rights campaigner.  Sam Yebri is an attorney and the president and co-founder of 30 YEARS AFTER, a leading civic action organization promoting the participation of Iranian American Jews in American civic, political and Jewish life.

Hosted by Kurdish Human Rights Watch, Inc. (KHRW) and Leadership Council for Human Rights (LC4HR)


Kurdish Genocide Conference

The Forum, Floyd-Payne Campus Center
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN

Sunday, 22 May 2011

This one-day conference will focus on the different genocides perpetrated by the governments of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey against the Kurds. The conference will also feature a monodrama, Pakiza, performed by Kurdish actor Sarkawt Taro.

For more information, e-mail the conference organisers at: or call Azad (+1 615 491 1720), Aram (+1 615 300 1245) or Rebaz (+1 615 400 3380).


Trials, Tribulations, and Crises: The Road to Turkey’s June 12 Elections

09 May 2011
12.15 to 1.45pm
Washington, DC, USA

Sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Link to event page. Pre-registration required for attendance.

As protests spread through the Middle East, Turkish political parties are preparing for an election this summer that will likely spark significant political reforms, including the possibility of a new constitution. In the run-up to these elections, Turkey is experiencing an increasingly acrimonious debate, contentious trials of military officers and Kurdish activists, and the maneuvering of a Supreme Electoral Council which created havoc first by banning a number of independent Kurdish candidates and then reversing the decision. What is expected to happen on the campaign trail? How is the election likely to change Turkey? Will the Arab Spring have an impact on the election?

Gerald Knaus, Orhan Kemal Cengiz, and Henri Barkey will discuss Turkey’s upcoming elections and the role of the turmoil in the Middle East. Marina Ottaway will moderate.


The 2nd Kurdish Youth Festival

7-9 January 2011
Dallas, TX
Kurdish Youth Festival website

The Second Annual Kurdish Youth Festival is a celebration of Kurdish Heritage in the United States. The festival will stretch a span of three days, during which Kurds and non-Kurds, from a variety of backgrounds and across North America will gather to celebrate many aspects of Kurdish life including Kurdish film, literature, music, history, language, dance, politics, society, current events, and much more!

The festival includes:
• three evenings of music, dance and celebration; featuring popular Kurdish singers and musicians,
• two full days of debates, panels, roundtables, workshops and trainings, and
• KURDS GOT TALENT, across America, in which a variety of talents will compete. The competition is open to all. First place winner will receive a roundtrip ticket to Kurdistan! The other two talents will be awarded accordingly.


Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 2010 Annual Meeting

18-21 November 2010
San Diego, CA
MESA website

Many Kurdish panels at this conference!


The First North American Conference on the Kurdish Language

Sponsored by the Kurdish American Education Society

Friday, 05 November 2010
9am to 6pm
Collins Conference room at the UCLA James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA

The primary goal of the conference is to stress the need for reviewing the existing trends, current challenges, and new linguistic and socio-linguistic and historical studies, recognize the achievements that scholars and practitioners have made in their respective fields of research, and open new possibilities for raising consciousness about and change the state of the language and its community of speakers both within and outside Kurdistan.

More information here.


Revitalising Research in Kurdistan/International Conference

Hewlêr (Erbil), Kurdistan
12-14 October 2010

Conference website

This International Conference is hosted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Kurdistan Region with the goal of connecting university departments and individual scientists with their counterparts in international centres of excellence.

The Conference is addressed to higher education policy makers, administrators, academics and researchers.


Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp

A week-long event in Hasankeyf (Heskîf)
11-17 October 2010

Initiative to keep Hasankeyf alive…stop the Ilisu Dam!

Call for Participation in the Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp!

We, the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, call on all concerned individuals and organizations to participate in and support our planned ‘Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp’ which will take place on 11-17 October 2010 in Hasankeyf in the Tigris Valley, which is threatened by the construction of Turkey’s destructive Ilisu Dam Project.

More information at the initiative’s website.


Recital: Kurdish Tanbur virtuoso Ali-Akbar Moradi

09 October 2010
Santa Clara University Recital Hall
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Watch promo video here.

Price: $20.00 – $35.00 — Buy tickets online
Info Line: (408) 409-6547
Contact: Namvar Khalilnaji

Moradi, born in 1957 in Guran in the Kermanshah province of Western Iran, started playing the tanbur, a two-stringed lute-like instrument used in ancient Persian music, when he was 7 years old. By the time he reached 14, Moradi gave his first recital in Kermanshah.  He is now one of the world’s greatest masters of Kurdish sacred music.


Silent Theatre for Freedom

Washington, DC, USA
Organised by the American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN)
Three performances:
01 October, 12.30-2.30pm (DC Islamic Center)
04 October, 4.30-6.30pm (Union Station Metro stop)
06 October, 4,30-6.30pm (Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop)

A series of street performances at strategic DC locations to highlight the plight of the Kurds in the Middle East.

Click here for more information.


‘Peace Bridge’ Concert in Hakkari

Saturday, 02 October 2010
Hakkari Stadium

More information

Kurdish and Turkish bands will play to celebrate the re-opening of the bridge over the Zap River.  Original bridge was built in 1969 and destroyed 30 years later.  New bridge will open on 01 October, with the concert the following day.

One of the bands is the local Kurdish group ‘Navîn.’


Kurdish Film Festival

Carrick on Shannon, Ireland
01-03 October 2010

more information

Ireland’s first Kurdish film festival with feature films, shorts and documentaries.  This project has been funded by the Peace III Programme through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Events take place in The Dock and in Cinema Northwest on St Georges Terrace.


Festîvala Wêjeya Kurdî

Click for larger image w/schedule

Kurdish Literature Festival
Berlin, Germany
02-03 October 2010


Statthaus Böcklerpark
Prinzenstraße 1
Kreuzberg, Berlin

For more information click here.


Book signing in DC with Carol Prunhuber

Washington, DC
20 September 2010
8.30pm at Busboys and Poets

Journalist and Author Carol Prunhuber will discuss her new book The Passion and Death of Rahman the Kurd: Dreaming Kurdistan.

More information


Kurdisches Cinema Festival Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland
26 August to 30 September 2010

Film Festival website (in Kurdish and German)

Ten films showing over the period of the festival.

2 thoughts on “Events

  1. Very interested in working with Kurdish Regional Government on delivery and careful quality management of Vaccines, Antibiotics, safe syringes. Coordinating with trusted Canadian and US grass roots efforts already in place. I am pleased to see so many projects and activities increasing awareness about the plight of the Kurds throughout the region.

    May God bless you and keep you toward success in your efforts.

  2. The Christians of Kurdistan

    31 October 2013
    The Royal Geographical Society
    1 Kensington Gore
    London SW7 2AR

    Tickets £10. Buy online:

    How important are the Christians of Kurdistan today? What role have they played in the past? The lecture will give exclusive insight into day-to-day life of these ancient communities. Event includes the first public exhibition of Anthony Kersting’s photographs of the Christians of Kurdistan, and images from the archive of the Dominican Community in Erbil.

    Contact: Lemma Shehadi
    Follow Gulan on Twitter: @GulanUK

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