Iraq: YES Academy and Mike del Ferro

Photos and information about the YES Academy Iraq, July 2009

The YES Academy Kurdistan ran from July 10 to 19, 2009 and served more than 300 Iraqi youth in a national program touching lives from Baghdad and Basra to Erbil and Suleimaniya. There was a full program of Jazz, Hip Hop, Children's theater and classical music. The academy culminated in a fantastic gala concert at Peshawa Hall in Erbil featuring the YES String Orchestra, the YES Kids, Erbil's B-Boys, the Street Wolves and much more.

We thank to our supporters and sponsors!

Kurdistan Regional Government, Ministry of Culture
U.S. Embassy, Baghdad and RRT Office, Erbil
Falcon Group
University of Kurdistan Hawler

Many thanks also to our over 20 volunteers!
Additionally, Jazz pianist Mike Del Ferro toured the Kurdistan region of Iraq and performed in the cities of Erbil, Rania and Suleimaniya in Kurdistan region of Iraq from July 1 to 4, 2009. Concerts were viewed by hundreds live and by tens of thousands through live television broadcast and re-broadcast in the Kurdistan region.
This project was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the Regional Reconstruction Team (RRT) of Erbil as well as by the cities of Suleimaniya and Rania.