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3rd Kurdish Youth Festival
06-08 January 2012
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
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
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
23 May 2011
Place: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20003
To RSVP, please call KHRW at 703-385-3806
or RSVP e-mail to email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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: email@example.com 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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
Kurdish Literature Festival
02-03 October 2010
For more information click here.
Book signing in DC with Carol Prunhuber
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.
Kurdisches Cinema Festival Zürich
26 August to 30 September 2010
Film Festival website (in Kurdish and German)
Ten films showing over the period of the festival.