Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
"Once again Londoners of all backgrounds have an amazing opportunity to mark a festival that principally resonates with those of Kurdish, Turkish, Iranian, Middle Eastern and Central Asian backgrounds. I know from my visit to Erbil this year just a vital time this is for Kurds here in London and around the world. Newroz symbolises renewal, new life and hope, and it is apposite that it occurs in a month we associate with rebirth and transformation. I am sure the reception will be a great event."