The program below is that of the 2014 (5th) annual Kurdish Youth Festival. Details for the 2015 (6th) annual KYF will be announced once dates have been determined. Stay tuned.


Time Event
5:00PM – 6:00PM Doors open
6:00PM – 6:15PM Introductions by festival hosts Gurgin Bakircioglu and Sazan Barzani
6:15PM – 6:30PM Ice Breaker
6:30PM – 6:45PM Essay Contest Results
6:45PM – 7:00PM A Message of Unity
7:00PM – 8:00PM Film Competition with an introduction to the History of Kurdish Cinema by Apo W. Bazidi
8:00PM – 8:15PM BREAK
8:20PM- 9:20PM Kurdish Trivia Game, hosted by Rudaw’s Namo Abdulla


Time Event
10:00AM – 10:15AM Introductions
10:20AM – 10:40AM Educational Significance: Dr. Moulakis, Former President of the American University of Sulaimani
10:45AM – 12:00PM Professional/Student Networking Session- Keynote Speaker: Karwan Rostem, NASA- Social Hour
12:00PM – 1:00PM LUNCH
1:15PM – 2:00PM Current Events: What’s really happening in Kurdistan? (Including BBC’s Jiyar Gol, VOA’s Mutlu Civiroglu, and Professor Mehmet Gurses)
2:00PM – 2:45PM Common Grounds: Mission & Goals of Kurdish Organizations in North America
3:00PM – 6:00PM FREE TIME
7:00PM – 7:10PM Introductions
7:15PM – 7:30PM A Special Guest Speaker
7:30PM – 8:15PM Live ART Auction
8:15PM – 8:30PM BREAK
8:30PM – 9:50PM Dancing with the Kurds! (Judges: Kurdish singer Chopy Fatah and Kurdish rapper Rezan Jamal) followed by a special performance by Rezan Jamal
9:50PM – 10:00PM One-Minute Mic
10:00PM – 10:05PM Closing Remarks


Time Event
10:00AM – 1:30PM Tour of the Miami area
5:30PM – 6:00PM Introductions
6:15PM – 8:15PM Performance by Chopy Fatah
8:20PM – 9:20PM Dinner
9:30PM – 11:30PM Performance by Diyar Dersim