Events

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work.  You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.

Saturday 14 March – 14 April
First Annual Malcolm X Film Festival 
The Malcolm X Movement is a Black & Asian led decolonial anti-imperialist organisation that seeks to unite Global South peoples and diaspora. The Malcolm X Movement (MXM) and supporting organisations is immensely proud to bring to our peoples the first annual Malcolm X Film Festival taking place in SEVEN cities across England including one in Belfast, (occupied) Ireland.  This is the biggest Black & Asian radical event of its kind to take place in England and perhaps western Europe for the last generation since the mid 1990s. Never before in this time has such an event with such a inspiring amount of speakers and Global support (including from Ilyasah Shabazz, the Black Panther Alumni, the revolutionary Palestinian group the PFLP, the Black Panther Alumni, the Communist Workers & Peasants Party of Pakistan amongst others) taken place in the last 20 years or so.  The incredible line-up of speakers include Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz; PLFP’s Leila Khaled; Gamal Nkrumah, Kwame Nkrumah’s son; former POW and Sinn Fein member Gerry McLochlain; Darcus Howe and many more.
VENUE: In 7 cities across the UK. See the Facebook page for more details on dates, venues, speakers and supporting organisations. ***All enquiries, including getting involved in the Malcolm X Movement, should be emailed to 2015mxm@gmail.com

Tuesday 14 April, 6.30pm
Capitalism 101 – Why Rojava Matters
In the first of a three part series on anarchism, revolution and the new left we analyse the Kurdish revolution in Rojava and the fight for Kobane. Established on the eco-anarchist principles of Murray Bookchin, the revolution in Rojava has failed to impregnate the western conciousness beyond pictures of female fighters. Yet despite the pressure from Isis and Turkey the Kurds have established a society organised along broadly anarchist lines; with grassroots decision making, popular assemblies, women’s liberation and ecology at the heart of society.  In this session we will discuss the history, theory and practise of the revolution and ask how significant it is, how long it may last and what we can learn from it.  As always the discussion will be heavily participatory but also informative – so don’t worry if you lack the background knowledge. This series will be led by Nina Moniri and Joseph Todd from The Rojava Solidarity Working Group. Suggested donation £1.
VENUE: Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX London

Saturday 18 April, 2-6pm
CAMPACC Self-Determination Project, Workshop 3: Somalis
Part of CAMPACC’s National Self-Determination versus Global ‘Counter-Terror’ Regime: A Research and Public Outreach Project. This project will begin with a series of workshops that will critically examine the growing conflict between national self-determination struggles versus the global ‘counter-terror’ regime and its effects on diasporic communities, the UK’s migrant communities in particular. The workshops will involve active engagement from various diaspora community groups, researchers, lawyers and academics involved in these issues. The third focuses of the Tamil struggle.
You can find full details on the project and workshops here (pdf). Invitation only.
VENUE:
Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh STreet, WC1H 0XG.

Monday 20 April, 7pm
The 1915 Documentary
: A Film Based On Armenian Sources
The first screening of a ground breaking documentary on the 1015 Armenian Genocide. The film is directed and produced by a well known Turkish Director Serkan Koç who will be present at the event. Following the screening, Dr. Orhan Çekiç, Associate Professor at Maltepe University will be talking about his new book: “Stillborn Child of Emperialism: Armenia” . There will be a Questions and Answers session. Attendance is free but with registration only. Please register by 19th April 2015, RSVP: turkishfederation@ymail.com Send a text, or call: 07887485394, 07956262874. THE FEDERATION OF TURKISH ASSOCIATIONS UK http://www.turkishfederation.org.uk
VENUE: The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH.  The ICA is reached by a number of buses into Trafalgar Square and the nearest tube stations are at Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross (which has also a main line station). The ICA is reached by a number of buses into Trafalgar Square and the nearest tube stations are at Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross (which has also a main line station).

Friday 24 April 2015, 2 – 6.15pm
Conference: The Kurds in the Middle East – New developments and prospects
Organised by the London Middle East Centre, SOAS University. Since last summer, largely owing to the events in Kobanê, developments in those parts of Kurdistan that fall within the official boundaries of the states of Iraq, Syria and Turkey have drawn increasing attention globally, bringing to a new climax a century of violence which started with WWI and the Armenian genocide. Kurdish autonomy has become a fact in Northern Iraq for more than two decades. It is unfolding in Eastern Syria since the beginning of the uprising in that country in 2011. What future awaits the Kurds and the states of Iraq, Syria and Turkey? How to assess the ‘democratic autonomy’ project of the Kurdish movement in Syria and Turkey? What are the prospects of the peace talks in Turkey? Is the Kurdish movement in Iran immune to these developments? This half-day conference will address these questions and others pertaining to the same issue.
Speakers include: Dr Hassan Hakimian; Prof. Hamit Bozarlan; Prof Nadje al Ali; Prof Gilbert Achar; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Smiley; Ms Houzan Mahmoud; Dr Ozlem Galip; and more.
VENUE: Brunei Gallery, SOAS University, Thornhough Street, London. Admission: £10; Students: £3. To register please visit the SOAS Online Store.