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 worked with Portsmouth’s Kurdish community on an exhibition titled ‘Halabja in the Golden Age’, on display in Portsmouth Cathedral from 14th October – 3rd November 2021 as part of Journeys Festival International. The exhibition and related events created a colourful celebration of Kurdish culture. It aimed to reinforce a sense of cultural identity among the Kurdish diaspora in Portsmouth, and increase awareness in the wider public.