Tuesday, September 15, 2009

“Human Right and Kurds” – Art exhibition and book fair

Details: An exhibition of paintings by Haydar Akboga and Cemo, book covers and texts on linguistic genocide - 4th September - 30th September 2009

Admission: Free; Hours: Mon – Fri: 10 am – 5 pm; Sat: 10 am – 3.30 pm

Kurdish Book Fair (25th- 26th September 2009: 10am-5pm)

Both events are taking place at Stoke Newington Library Gallery, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 OJS.

The book covers being exhibited are of children's books in Kurdish that were seized by the Turkish authorities in Istanbul in 2006. As the Swedish news agency TT reported at the time:

On the 25th August 2006, the Turkish authorities in Istanbul have seized 1,208 Kurdish versions of the books about Pippi Langstrump (Pippi Longstocking), the world's famous fictional children's character. They were sent on 7th August from Sweden by an organisation that runs an education project for Kurds.The books had been sent for delivery to libraries in five Kurdish villages. As it is well known, Astrid Lindgren's books about Pippi Longstocking have been translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries.