Kurds to get to­gether in art fes­ti­val in Ten­nessee

Barham Has­san, Kur­dish fa­mous singer, won a gold medal at the fes­ti­val

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

There are many Kurds who are liv­ing in the United States of Amer­ica and the Western coun­tries. There are lots of Kur­dish artists among them. They are most likely par­tic­i­pat­ing in many of the cul­tural and art fes­ti­vals and con­trib­ute with their tal­ents. A few weeks ago Ten­nessee State Univer­sity and the Kur­dish Cul­tural In­sti­tute were sponsoring the sec­ond an­nual Kur­dish Arts Fes­ti­val this weekend.

One of the par­tic­i­pants was Barham Has­san, one of the most pop­u­lar singers es­pe­cially among the 80s gen­er­a­tion in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. He wore Kur­dish tra­di­tional clothes as known as, Qati Kurdi. Many Kurds from other states were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val. They showed their hap­pi­ness and joy as they meet with the Kur­dish singer and artists there.

“I am re­ally very happy to sing at such a fes­ti­val. I am very proud as I could win a Gold Medal in the sec­ond Kur­dish Arts Fes­ti­val. Long live Kurd, long live Kur­dis­tan,” Has­san posted on his of­fi­cial Face­book page.

The Kurds in the Western coun­tries can pre­serve their cul­ture, lan­guage and habits alive, even they can in­tro­duce it to oth­ers through their friend­ship net­works or in sci­en­tific, literary and hu­man­i­tar­ian cer­e­monies and fes­ti­vals.

A Kur­dish man, Mo­hammed Ali, who par­tic­i­pated in the fes­ti­val said that he en­joyed his time there and called on the or­ga­niz­ers to re­or­ga­nize such use­ful fes­ti­vals in the fu­ture. He de­scribed the event as a rea­son to meet Kur­dish artists and to share their ideas.

“I do hope the peo­ple who take part in this sort of cer­e­monies share their in­no­va­tive ideas to pre­serve our Kur­dish cul­ture, even to in­tro­duce it to the peo­ple here. I know many peo­ple in this state have not even heard about the Kurds and its old tra­di­tion. I also ask the rel­e­vant par­ties to take nec­es­sary ac­tion in or­der to dis­cover new ways to share this pure Kur­dish cul­ture, mu­sic and won­der­ful danc­ing,” said Ali.

The event of tra­di­tional Kur­dish mu­sic, dance, art and food will take place at the Per­form­ing Arts Center and Kean Hall on TSU's cam­pus from Fri­day through Sun­day.

Kur­dish artists and cre­ative tal­ents from the U.S. and coun­tries around the world are sched­uled to per­form and present the rich his­tory of the Kur­dish her­itage.

Pro­ceeds from the fes­ti­val will go to­ward a schol­ar­ship foun­da­tion to help Kur­dish stu­dents pur­sue de­grees in the arts and mu­sic at TSU.

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