5th Annual Kurdish Youth Festival heads to the Sunshine State

For the fifth year, young Kurds across North America will be dusting down their Kurdish clothes and heading to the world’s largest Kurdish youth event to engage in lively debates, competitions and of course, a little Kurdish dancing.

Miami, Florida 12/029/2013: While most Americans may be suffering the January blues, thousands of young Kurds will be jetting into Miami from January 3rd to 5th in 2014 to participate in the 5th Annual Kurdish Youth Festival at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa.

The event will be an opportunity for young Kurds to reflect on the mixed fortunes of their Kurdish kin in the Middle East. Roundtable discussions will provide plenty of opportunity for some serious debates.  For those who possess a way with words, there is the annual essay writing competition for which the Kurdistan Regional Government has kindly provided a scholarship fund. The festival will also include panels that will allow young attendees to network with inspiring professionals from a number of careers and backgrounds. These panels aim to inspire festivalgoers to explore and reach their full potential.

The festival is a volunteer event and would not be possible without the hard work of the volunteers and our generous sponsors- especially our 2014 Diamond Sponsor, Fastlink, Iraq’s first 4G Internet provider. Their support is vital for this youth initiative to continue.

If it’s a little fun you are looking for there is the annual quiz and the talent show because ‘we Kurds’ got Talent!’ – this year’s competition is entitled “Dancing with the Kurds” and the winners will be prized with iPad Airs. Other cultural events taking place during the festival include an Art Auction and a short film competition.

However, as every Kurd knows, it wouldn’t be a festival without a bit of music and some govend (dancing). This year we are pleased to announce that the closing aheng (party) will feature performances by top Kurdish pop star Chopy Fatah and the legendary Diyar Dersim as well as a special performance by rapper Rezan Jamal, so there will be no excuse not to dance the night away.

So whether it’s to give your brain a workout or you just want to have a little fun, there is something for every Kurd at the youth festival- it’s a place to debate ideas, and more importantly, make good friends and connect with your roots.