Halabja: In the Golden Days
Part of Journeys Festival International
14th Oct – 3rd Nov 2021
Mon to Sat 10am–3pm, Sun 12.45–3pm
Portsmouth Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HA
In 2020, Gulan published a magazine about Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, a city known for the terrible chemical weapons attack in 1988. Our objective was to celebrate Halabja’s rich history, culture and beauty. The publication featured interviews and essays about the culture of Halabja and work by artists from the region.
Gulan is now working with Portsmouth’s Kurdish community on an exhibition titled ‘Halabja: In the Golden Age’, to be held in October 2021 at Portsmouth Cathedral as part of the Journeys Festival International organised by Artreach. The exhibition and related events will create a colourful celebration of Kurdish culture. It aims to reinforce a sense of cultural identity among the Kurdish diaspora in Portsmouth, and increase awareness in the wider public.