The Kurdish people trace their origins to a region that today includes parts of Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq.
Through the Kurdish diaspora, communities of Kurds have been established in Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Russia, Lebanon, several European countries, and the United States.
Kansas City is home to a thriving Kurdish population, which hosts A Cultural Celebration of Kansas City's Kurdish Community on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Road.
Guests will enjoy an afternoon of traditional and contemporary Kurdish poetry, music, and dance, plus a brief introduction to Kurdish culture, literature, and history.
A reception following the program features a variety of Kurdish cuisine.
The program and reception are presented by the Vox Narro project that pairs writers with immigrant communities to give voice to the voiceless.
The event is supported by the Rocket Grants program, which is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by the Charlotte Street Foundation to support innovative, public-oriented work in nontraditional spaces.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.