MORE than 200 people attended a Kurdish New Year Event in Dewsbury.
The event, managed by Kirklees Council Safer Stronger Communities Cohesion Team, was held at Birkdale High School, Dewsbury.
It was a partnership project between volunteers from the community, SHAP (Single Homeless Accommodation Project) and KEMA (Kirklees Ethnic Minority Alliance).
The event included information stalls on employment and immigration, children’s activities and volunteering. There was live music and Kurdish cuisine.
People from the Kurdish community celebrated with poems and personal testimonies on the importance of “Newroz,” the Kurdish New Year which celebrates the coming of spring.
The event was supported by various organisations including the Dewsbury-based English Language Conversation Club, a group of volunteers who provide opportunities for non-speakers of English to improve their conversational skills.
Abdullah Mohammad, a resident in Dewsbury for 10 years, said the event was a huge success thanks to the partnership of organisations and a group of 10 dedicated Kurdish volunteers.