The Centre for Kurdish Progress is excited to announce the annual Newroz Celebration and Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards for the Kurdish New Year in March 2018, highlighting the many wonderful contributions of the Kurdish community in the UK within the fields of business, art, academia, journalism and politics. Ian Austin, Labour MP for Dudley North, and Jack Lopresti, Conservative MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, will be co-hosting the event on 21st March 2018 (18:00 – 21:00) in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House in the British Parliament.

By celebrating this event in the British Parliament, the Centre aims to raise the profile of British Kurds and promote interest in Kurdish affairs and issues among parliamentarians and the British public.It represents a great opportunity for both Kurdish and non-Kurdish members of the public to meet, network, exchange ideas and celebrate with politicians, community figures and business leaders. The categories of the 4th Most Successful Kurds in Britain include; 

Businesswoman / Businessman of the Year
Role Model Award of the Year
Student of the Year
Social Responsibility Award
Art Award
Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Make your nomination here

Last year’s celebration was attended by parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, including the Leader of Labour Party, the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour MPs David Lammy, Dawn Butler, Rob Marris and Mary Glindon, Conservative MPs Andrea Jenkyns and Jack Lopresti, Scottish National Party MPs Chris Stephenson and Tommy Sheppard, the Independent MP Natalie McGarry, and Labour Peers Lord Michael Cashmen, Baroness Jan Royall, Lord Pendry, Baroness Whitaker and Lord Dave Watts.

Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, was also in attendance, and Karwan Jamal Tahir, the High Representative to the UK of the KRG, gave a well-received speech. Attendees with origins from all four parts of Kurdistan, many of whom wore traditional Kurdish clothes, enjoyed a lively drinks reception and the event’s wonderful musical performance by Hadis Ayoubi.

In 2018, we will again be joined by MPs and Peers from various parties, as well as honoured guests from across Kurdistan.

Although attendance of the event is free, there are some organisational costs that the Centre needs to cover, and as a not-for-profit organisation we are reliant on donations from our generous supporters to continue doing what we do. You can donate to Kurdish Progress here.

For more information on what Kurdish Progress does, you can download and read last year’s magazine here.

If you are interested in attending the reception and awards, please register here.

We hope to see you at the event!


March 21, 2018 at 6pm - 9pm


Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

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