Kashkul Project – Leipzig

Culture, Diversity, Music, Dance, Social Inclusion

The Project was funded by Robert Bosch Foundation.

General Information About Project  

DonorRobert Bosch Stiftung
Period01.08.2018 – 30.01.2019
Number of Participants12 (Tanzgruppe); 120 (Besucher der Abschlussfeier); 10 Musiker
Number of Activities19 Einheiten
Coordination and Public RelationsAnne-Sophie Krys
Dance TrainerMari Tosun
Filming of The Dance EventShirwanQasim
Editing the video footageDominique Kauer, Jamie Bowcock
FlyerAlexander Brad / Riso Club Druckerei
CooperationsMühlstraße e.V, Die Villa, Meyda Volkshaus Nürnberg,

Project Background

The Kashkul Leipzig project was developed by DOZ e.V. and funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation as part of the foundation’s federal program “Yallah, Muslim Engagieren Sich”.

Our intended goals with the Kashkol project were to develop acceptance and tolerance in the area of religion and culture among participants of Kurdish and non-Kurdish origin in a context of opening up German society due to increased immigration in recent years. An important aspect of the project was to show the openness of Kurdish culture through dancing.

We wanted to convey the diversity of Kurdish-Syrian culture through music and dance.

It is also about developing confidence in their own skills and self-confidence through the performance of the participants, no matter what faith one has.

Brief Description of The Project

We planned to focus on three important points of Kurdish culture: the dance, the music, and the women’s handicrafts.

Every week, between August and December, the dance group was to be trained by a professional Kurdish dance teacher, just as the music group was to be trained by a professional Kurdish music teacher. The goal was for the dancers and musicians to develop a performance together. The project Kashkol was connected with the project “Sport against Extremism – DOZ Liga Leipzig 2018” in the conception. During the reward day of the DOZ Liga 2018, which was to be held at the end of September, the music and dance groups should have performed after the awarding of prizes and shared the results of the work done with the audience during a show. Between the end of September and December, the trainings continued.

The women’s handicraft group was to and should have made handicrafts (such as traditional crowns with beads) twice a month, supervised by women experienced in handicrafts.

Project Progress

The Kashkul project was approved in August, so we could start implementation in September.

First, flyers and posters were developed by the designer Alex Brad. With his work we focused on the acquisition of participants. We activated the network of our association and also started an online campaign.

From the end of September we started to train every Saturday from 14:00 to 16:00 in the Mühlstraße e.V.. At the beginning of November our dance group was complete.

In January we even trained twice a week (Mühlstraße e.V / Die Villa ) to prepare our cultural closing party.

The Kurdish folk dances are largely accompanied by a davul (big drum) and zirnê (flute). The dance group trained with the live music in January.

A beautiful energy developed during the trainings, so our dance group even chose a stage name: KOMA-Leipzig. Koma means group in Kurdish Kurmanci.

The Kurdish dance evening (the closing ceremony) was successfully held in the barn in Stötteritz (Leipzig) on 26.01.2019. More than 120 people, including many families from Leipzig and other East German cities were able to celebrate together their joy and curiosity in dances, music and food from Kurdistan.

It was a pleasure to witness beautiful concerts by musicians from Leipzig, Halle and Chemnitz.

The Kashkol dance group Koma-Leipzig in the traditional costumes presented its four trained Kurdish dances – Delilo, Cacan, Chepik, and Baghir – accompanied by Davul and Zirnê to the audience.

Activities Implemented Under This Project

The Dance Training Sessions

Date and TimeFrom 29.09.2019 to 25.01.2019
PlaceMühlstraße e.V und Die Villa (Soziokulturelles Zentrum)
Participation12 participants with diverse countries of origin (various Kurdish countries, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, France)
TrainerMari Tosun
AgendaShort Discussion Round (10 Minuten)Warming Up (10 Minuten)Training Session Without Music (30 Minuten) Break (10 Minuten) Training Session With Music (30 Minuten)

Abb. 1 : Cepik Training

Abb. 2 : Cepik-Training

Abb. 3 : Cacan Training

Closing Ceremony

Date and TimeOn 26.01.2019 from  17:30 to 23:00
PlaceDie Scheune, Gutshof Stötteritz, Leipzig
ArtistsKurdi Band (Konzert) Amjad Bakir (Konzert) Koma-Leipzig , Dahul and Zirnê-Player  
Number of Attendees120
ModerationAbdulaziz Ramadan (Founder and CEO of DOZ e.V.)
Food and Drink ServiceDOZ Members
Agenda of Event  18:00 – 19:00: Concert19:00 -19:30: Dance19:30 – 20:30: Together Dance and Concert 20:30 – 21:30: Dinner21:30 – 22:30: Together Dance and Music 22:30 – Ende: Flowers Distribution and Group Open Dance

Fig. 4 Abdulaziz Ramadan welcomes the audience and introduces the program of the evening

Fig. 5: The Kurdi Band and an invited guitarist

Abb. 6: Kurdi Band

Fig. 7 : Davul and Zirnê players make the atmosphere dance

Fig. 8 : Playing music together spontaneously

Fig. 9 : The audience has been numerous

Fig. 10 : Recording the evening atmosphere

Abb. 11: Zirnê Player

Fig. 12: The audience danced along with energy

Abb. 13: Amjad Bakir

Abb. 14: Kurdi Band

Fig. 15 : Presentation of flowers. Words of thanks from DOZ e.V.

The Media Work

The media work had two focal points: on the one hand, advertising and reporting on the project, and on the other hand, social media skills were to be strengthened among the participants.

Work Achieved  2 posters and 2 flyers were developed: One for participant acquisition and another for our graduation ceremony.Articles were published on our website. Management of a Whatsapp group with the participants Managing Kashkol events (trainings and graduation) on Facebook.The creation of a video about the graduation ceremony

Fig. 16: Flyer for the graduation ceremony / Bilingual (German and Kurmanci)

Monitoring and Evaluation of The Project

– Indicator 1: Reaching the target group

We had 12 participants, who were very different from the origin and their personal life paths (faith, education level, age, etc…). We had 2 Leipzigers, three Germans with Kurdish roots, four Kurds from different Kurdish regions, one Frenchwoman and one Kirghiz. All participants were between 17 and 33 years old.

We reached our target group.

The participants were diligent and reliable and hardly missed any classes.

  • Indicator 2: Understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim participants

Just as the roots and origins of the participants were different, they also had different beliefs and political views. The project ran smoothly.

  •  Indicator 3: The dance and music groups can perform together.

They performed together and were also successful. The audience was enthusiastic.

  • Indicator 4: Production of handicrafts that can be exhibited

Unfortunately, due to budget shortage we do not have the opportunity to implement this activity.

  • Indicator 4: Communication outside the project

Our advertising campaign worked because the public showed up in large numbers

Lessons Learned from The Project „Kashkol-Leipzig“

  • Network of dancers and musicians established
  • Invitation for further performances in the Villa for Newroz in March and for the district festival in Stötteritz , Leipzig in June
  • There is a great interest in traditional Kurdish events in Leipzig and the surrounding area

The End

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