An­nual Kur­dish Youth Fes­ti­val in Florida, Amer­ica

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

A Kur­dish Youth Fes­ti­val was held in Florida a few days ago. Groups of peo­ple from Kur­dis­tan, Europe and other West­ern coun­tries as­sem­bled at the event to cel­e­brate and to high­light the sit­u­a­tion fac­ing Syria’s Kurds. The fes­ti­val lasted for three days, and a wide range of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the fun ac­tiv­i­ties and danc­ing.

The fes­ti­val em­braced a host of fun ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from a short film com­pe­ti­tion to a Kur­dish-based trivia game that high­lighted the rich cul­ture and tra­di­tions of the Kur­dish peo­ple. How­ever, the Fes­ti­val did not only spot­light the im­por­tance of Kur­dish cul­ture, it also gave many bright schol­ar­ship stu­dents a chance to hold their own small sphere of in­flu­ence.

A Kur­dish govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­tro­duced a few high-achiev­ing stu­dents with a view to help­ing them achieve their ed­u­ca­tional goals and am­bi­tions. In ad­di­tion, Dr Athana­sios Moulakis, the for­mer head of the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Su­laimani, made an ap­pear­ance on the sec­ond day, de­vot­ing much of his day to par­tic­i­pat­ing in a dis­cus­sion panel on the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion.

Of course, sev­eral other in­spir­ing and ed­u­ca­tional speeches were made over the three-day Fes­ti­val, and no­table speak­ers in­cluded Kar­wan Ros- tem, who talked about his ca­reer with NASA, the jour­nal­ist Ji­yar Gol, and Dr Mehmet Gurses of Florida At­lantic Univer­sity ad­dress­ing «What>s re­ally hap­pen­ing in Kur­dis­tan?».

The three days of events also in­cluded an art auc­tion, mu­si­cal per­for­mances, and many other fun and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. Florida’s Kur­dish Youth Fes­ti­val was one of the most ed­u­ca­tion­ally stim­u­lat­ing and in­ter­est­ing youth fes­ti­vals of the last twelve months, and the con­tri­bu­tions made by all the par­ties men­tioned was truly amaz­ing and praise­wor­thy.

H.G. Has­san

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