Open Call – MASARAT: Grants for artists and cultural initiatives

The British Council is pleased to announce an open call for applications for the Masarat: Grants for Artists and Cultural Initiatives programme.  The deadline for applications is Sunday 7 February 2021 – 11:59pm (GMT / UK time)  About the Programme At a time of significant challenge for artists and the cultural sector globally, the British […]

Kurdish-English Poetry Translation Project Announced

A new programme sharing expertise in poetry translation between Manchester and Slemani in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has received funding from the British Council Working Internationally fund. Both cities are UNESCO Cities of Literature, designated in 2017 and 2019 respectively, and this one year project will be the start of wider cooperation between the […]

The 23rd annual Galawej International festival

Today marks the 23rd annual Galawej International festival. The center was founded in 1996, in Slemani.- The organization promotes literary, cultural and enlightenment perspectives.- The center is named (Galawej) in honor of the late renowned Kurdish intellectual Mr. Ibrahim Ahmed who issued Galawej Magazine during 1939-1949 in Baghdad.- The center holds a cultural festival annually […]

October 31st marks our first year anniversary as a designated UNESCO Creative City of Literature

Despite the restrictions that the pandemic imposed on our city, we managed to continue working. 1. ‘You Will Remain’ Anthology was disseminated at the 3rd UNESCO Creative Cities Summit in Beijing as part of “UNESCO’s latest publication ‘UNESCO Creative Cities’ Response to COVID-19’2. Establishing a great network with our sister cities through in-person visits(Nottingham and […]

Karge Kultur

The Slemani Culture Factory Project, which was previously an old abandoned Cigarette Factory, aims to convert this landmark into an economically viable center for culture and creativity.

10 Reasons Why Sulaymaniyah is a Great Place to Teach English Abroad

This article is dedicated to a few special people who made my initial trip to Kurdistan, Iraq, a memorable time, especially to Sirwan, the most honorable Kurdish businessman I have ever known who introduced me to Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). From the day of his invitation to Kurdistan, I began to search about Sulaymaniyah […]

Kashkul, the center for arts and culture.

Kashkul, the center for arts and culture, based at AUIS is one of our major partners and the main applicant on our bid. Thank you Kashkul!Kashkul: 1. a Sufi’s begging bowl. 2. a commonplace book. 3. a research and arts collaborative in Slemani where Iraqi, Kurdish, and American scholars come together to pursue projects of […]