Story: Molly Butler Photos: Seraphin Nyirenda
On the 21st March 2008, the Kurdish Community Centre organised a Newroz fesitval on Ellesmere Road.
It was a cold, drizzly day but I was greeted by the lively music and dancing of the local Kurdish community celebrating their New Year or Newroz, which is on the first day of spring. The atmosphere was vibrant and emotional. The children were busily making a bonfire whilst the adults, many dressed in traditional attire, performed their dances with enthusiasm, waving scarves and flags. Once the fire was lit, everyone gathered round to sing the Kurdish National Anthem.