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Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan – Passionate Poems of Rumi
15 June 2012, 19:30, Barbican Hall

Renown Kurdish musician Kayhan Kalhor will playing live at Barbican centre together with Erdal Erzincan.

The Kurdish/ Irianian Kayhan Kalhor is a four-time Grammy nominee and original member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and a virtuoso of the kamancheh (Persian four-stringed spiked fiddle). He is joined by Turkey’s Erdal Erzincan, master of the baglama (longneck lute) for an evening of entrancing music. The performance will include music improvised from their collaborative album, The Wind, exploring the rich and varied musical repertoire of their regions as they plunge into the magic of Sufi poetry, inspired by the passionate work of the 13th century mystic poet, Jelaluddin Rumi.

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Turkish Migration in Europe – Projecting the next 50 years
7-9 December 2012, London

This major international conference will examine current and future migration from Turkey into Europe over the next half century. Confirmed keynote speakers include prof Tariq Modood, prof Thomas Faist, prof Philip Martin and prof Kemal Kirisci.

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‘The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change’
Exeter, 6-8 September 2012

Organised by the Centre for Kurdish Studies (University of Exeter), this conference aims to bring together scholars from all over the world, working in political science, geography, anthropology, history, literature, linguistics, gender studies and other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

“Since our first international conference on Kurdish Studies in 2009, the States where Kurds live have seen tumultuous events. The Iranian elections and their aftermath have been followed by the protests in Iraq, anger over the referendum and elections in Turkey, and huge violence in Syria. As many ask whether the so-called ‘Arab spring’ will bring change to the Middle East, we would like to interrogate the very ideas of continuity and change themselves across a number of disciplines. Does complete ‘rupture’ ever occur in history? Does regime change bring real differences in people’s lives? When migration brings change to individuals and families, what continuity is maintained in order to re-produce identity? How does language change and how far should linguistic change be managed? How should we study cultural continuity which exists over ethnic boundaries and international frontiers? What have been the changes and continuities within the field of Kurdish studies itself?”

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Kurdish GCSE Campaign

Posted: April 21, 2012 in News & Events

This recently established group is campaigning for the introduction of a Kurdish language GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) into the national curriculum. “At present there are a significant number of Kurdish speaking individuals who would benefit greatly from such a qualification. We feel it is time that Kurdish was accepted and acknowledged as a modern language that could be taught at secondary schools all across the UK”. For further information visit:

From January to June 2012, Middlesex University and Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre will be working together on a community-based research project on the welfare and advice needs of Turkish and Kurdish communities in London – with a particular focus on the North London area.
The aims of the project are: To investigate the impact of the current economic crisis and welfare restructuring on Turkish and Kurdish communities in North London; To identify advice and welfare needs and gaps in service provision; To inform local policy makers, service providers and the community sector on priorities and development needs.

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12–13 April 2012, Uppsala, Sweden

Organized by the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University
In collaboration with The Department of Sociology; and the Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University; the Swedish Network for Studies of Transnationalism and Diaspora at CEIFO (Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations), Stockholm University; Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm University; and Kurdish Studies Network

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10th March 2012

Roj Kurdish and Turkish Women organisation will march through Haringey to celebrate International Women’s Day.
After the march, the celebration will continue with Kurdish music, dance and food at the Kurdish Community Centre.

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