Kurds to get together in art festival in Tennessee
Barham Hassan, Kurdish famous singer, won a gold medal at the festival
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.