As part of Journeys Festival International in 2020, UK charity Gulan published a magazine about Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, a city known for the terrible chemical weapons attack in 1988. The publication – which you can find below – featured interviews and essays about the culture of Halabja and work by artists from the region.
In 2021, Gulan in partnership with Journeys Festival International hosted the exhibition Halabja: In the Golden Days – based on this material – at Portsmouth Cathedral to celebrate the rich history and culture of Halabja. The exhibition created a colourful celebration of Kurdish culture – aiming to reinforce a sense of cultural identity among the Kurdish diaspora in Portsmouth and increase awareness in the wider public.
Created by Gulan in collaboration with the Kurdish community of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cathedral.