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The first Kurdish Tanbur Festival was kicked off on Monday in Iranian Kurdistan’s Kermanshah Province. Attended by nearly 70 famous musicians, among them dozens of Kurdish Yarsans, the event is being held in Banzalan village of Dalaho district. Well-known Kurdish artists Shahram Nazeri and Keyhan Kalhor will also perform at the festival.

The festival opening, happening on September 9, 2017, will feature the MENA premiere of the film Zer by Kurdish director Kazim OZ.

in the interest of building cultural bridges through poetry the INNER CHILD Foundation PRESS  to publish a statement and reached the site Smakord copy of the poets of the Kurds in Western Kurdistan appeals to send their poems to the institution within a specified period of time for their anthology printed on the form. Dear Poets, We are looking for Kurdish poems from Rojava/North Syria that will be published in the Anthology of Kurdish Poetry by Inner Child Press. Send us as a Word attachment

 TIONS EDITOR: Anita Burdett DATE PUBLISHED: January 2016 AVAILABILITY: Not yet published - available from January 2016 FORMAT: Multiple copy pack ISBN: 9781840973259  

  The ninth London Kurdish Film Festival kicks off on Friday, with a comprehensive programme of features, short films and documentaries. The festival will open with a screening of Iraq's Oscar submission for 2016, Shawkat Amin Korki’s “Memories On Stone”. Eight other films, including the award winning “Song of My Mother” by Erol Mintaş, will tackle subjects as diverse as religion in the region, incarceration, family and the recent struggles of Kurdish people.

  Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Bad Hunter is one of the 10 films shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live Action Short. On January 14, five nominees will be announced and on February 28 the award ceremony will be held. Bad Hunter, directed by the Belgian-Kurdish director was chosen by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences among 144 qualifying short films.

  Duhok International Film Festival (IFF) kicked off at Duhok University’s Congress Hall Wednesday in the presence of a large audience.   The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani opened the event that was followed by screening the Kurdish feature film Memories on Stone by Shawkat Ameen Kurdi.  

    Kurdish famous singer Shivan Perwer will release a new music video of a 30-year-old song of him. Sponsored by Korek Telecom, the video clip of Perwer’s famous “Ez Khorte Kurdim,” translated as “I’m the Kurdish guy”, is produced by High Level Music Firm. The scenario and direction of the graphic video are by Shereen Cihani and it was filmed on the frontlines of Gwer and Makhmur   Waar, Duhok:

    Zarok TV started broadcasting in Kurdish on March 21st, Newroz day, becoming Turkey's first Kurdish-language TV channel for children. The privately owned station Zarok (Kurdish for children) has launched Kurdish-language broadcasts from its headquarters in Diyarbakir.  

  Mano Khalil's The Beekeeper examines the conflict between the Turks and the Kurds through the eyes of a sole protagnonist: a Kurdish man working as a beekeeper in Switzerland. By creating an intimate portrait of this man's life and philosophy, Khalil expands the thematic relevance of the conflict to the rest of the world. The film will screen on June 17 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.  

  With more sorrow and grief we mourn our colleague the poet and director of Duhok radio station Kamiran Rasheed Barwari who in 21/22/ 6/2014 after a severe struggle with sickness left us. Kamiran Rasheed Barwari was a famous poet in Duhok Province and Kurdistan Region and always has a good p;ace in the variety activities of the Union of Kurdish Writers – Duhok and he took part in several times the writers delegations to abroad.

    With Peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Iraqi disputed regions, Kurdish pop singer Helly Luv sends out a message for them and pleads to God to protect Peshmarga forces. On her Facebook page, Helly Luv recently posted photos of herself wearing a sand-colored suit inspired by the Kurdish sharwal, with a traditional jamana scarf wrapped around her torso. Posed with a gun, she stands looking off into the distance.  

In Beliefeld – Germany, the fourth conference of the West Kurdistan intellectuals’ Union was held on 25-26/01/2014.

  Galawezh festival which would include the name of renowned intellectuals, writers and educated people worldwide, the cultural and literary works which have been received by the preparation committee of the festival, which consists of 31 researchs, 84 poems and 38 stories would demonstrate the importance of the festival for the intellectuals and writers. The festival shall be held in Sulaymani, at the Sulaymani Palas starting Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2013, the festival will include Iraqi, Kurds and international artists. PUKmedia

 In this year's edition Duhok IFF is showcasing a series of Special Screenings in addition to its main programme. One of them is dedicated to Taha Karimi with a selection of his films. Taha Karimi is among the most famous Kurdish filmmakers of our time who dealt with the political struggle of the Kurdish people in his works. Duhok IFF  is going to present Karimi's films “1001 Apples” and “White Mountain”.

  Recognising the vital importance of well constructed and developed screenplays for the enrichment of Kurdish cinema, the London Kurdish Film Festival is organising a competition to select the best entry for a screenplay for a feature film on a Kurdish theme.

 Sherko Bekas, the acclaimed modern Kurdish poet, died yesterday (4 August) of cancer. Son of the poet Fayak Bekas, Sherko was born in Sulaymani in 1940. He joined the liberation movement in 1965, working for the Voice of Kurdistan radio station until he was forced into exile in 1986 and he then returned to south Kurdistan in 1992.

 The Nashville Film Festival always draws crowds of movie buffs from around Middle Tennessee and the rest of the nation. But this year, organizers are welcoming a special contingent from halfway across the globe. Since 2008, the festival has used a grant to reach out to theNashvillecommunity. So the means were already in place when they got a special request from a very particular group:Nashville’s Kurds–the largest concentration of Kurdish immigrants and refugees anywhere in theUS—wanted to see the films of their people included in the schedule.

  Bahman Ghobadi Kurdish Iranian director of Rhino Season film is in competition with Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras for winning the 60th award of San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain. Rhino Season is an upcoming film by Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi. It is described as "a love story in context of the political changes from before the Iranian revolution to the present".  

  The United Nations refugee agency’s special envoy, actress Angelina Jolie, is touring a refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians who fled the civil war in their country.    The Hollywood star arrived on Tuesday morning in the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 27,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict. She met with Syrian refugee women separately and toured the sprawling tent city.In a speech during her visit, the actress thanked Jordan for accommodating the Syrian refugees.  

Duhok International Film Festival has first been held in cooperation with Berlin Kurdish Film festival in 2011. Meanwhile, the decision to have an annual International Film festival in Duhok was taken by the high committee of the festival. 

    Germany, Iraq, Syria, /2011/Kurdish dialogue with English subtitles /Colour/Digital File/72 mins   Genre: Social, War Screenings: Thursday 12/04/12 - 06:30 PM - Grand Cinema 9 Sunday 15/04/12 - 09:45 PM - Grand Cinema 9 Cast & Credits   Director: Akram Hidou Producer: Akram Hidou Scriptwriter: Akram Hidou

      A bookabout the Anfal massacre of Iraqi Kurdish people, penned by a Canadian journalist, will soon be released, said the author. Anfal in Iraqi Kurdistan, which is written by Suzan Murali who is part-Kurdish, includes tens of stories about the Saddam Hussien's Anfal campaign against Kurdish people between 1986-89 in the last stages of the Iran-Iraq war.

  International Theater Festival , kicked off on Friday , in the City of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region with participation of western and European teams.