Runaki! A Celebration Of Kurdish Life

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2009

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

Runaki means light in Kurdish. The aim of the festival was to help a wide range of people see Kurdish culture in a new light. It was a weekend festival of Kurdish culture organised by GULAN and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and curated by Della Murad. It included music, dancing and percussion workshops, discussions, films, painting and Kurdish food.

“The Runaki 2009 Festival showed our British friends the beauty and richness of Kurdistan’s heritage, by enabling them to discover our artists, fashions, history, music and cuisine. I congratulate the organisers of this very successful, small but beautiful festival and look forward to seeing many more.”

-Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
High Representative to the UK, Kurdistan Regional Government