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Daffodil Cities Concert comes to historic Erbil citadel

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

Kurdistan Region – Erbil’s historic citadel will provide the beautiful backdrop to the Daffodil Cities Concert on June 20, bringing together world-renowned musicians in a celebration of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The free concert, presented by a coalition of 10 artists known as the Peace Builders, begins at 8.30pm.

“Rudaw Media Network, together with a group of international musicians, will hold a music concert on top of the Erbil citadel as a gift we would like to present to the people of Erbil and Kurdistan,” said Hazhar Zahawi, a musician and organizer.

They chose the ancient citadel to host Thursday’s concert because “it is the oldest site of continued humanity, and it is also to support the history of this ancient castle,” Zahawi said.

“Everyone can come to enjoy Kurdish and global music.”

Naseer Shamma, an Iraqi oud player and UNESCO Artist for Peace ambassador, headlines the live performance.

Other performers include:

Zahawi from Kurdistan 

Karen Briggs from the US 

José Manuel Sierra from Spain 

Robin Vassy from France