Nordic Somali Week Festival-Finland 2016

Written by admin on December 7th, 2016

Nordic Somali Week Festival-Finland 2016

Invitation to the opening session 

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture and partners are happy to present Nordic Somali Week Festival 2016. This inaugural event will be taking place from the 8th – 10th in Finland in partnership with the University of Helsinki. Nordic Somali Week Festival will highlight the experiences and accomplishments of Somalis residing in Finland. Events including book launches, workshops, lectures and panel discussions, create a platform for Somalis to celebrate their achievements and vocalise their lived experience through the arts.

Nordic Somali Week Festival brings both a celebration of culture and an opportunity to strive for better in the diaspora. This festival, on the heels of a recent decision from the Universtiy of Helsinki to establish a Somali language course at the university, will focus on Somali language trainings. This festival will bring together Somali artists, academics, poets, and community activists and the wider host community. Nordic Somali Week Festival, reflecting the socio-political climate in these countries will offer a space for engagement and exchange with the following schedule: Read the rest of this entry »

Somali Week Festival 2016: Diaspora Reflections

Written by admin on October 26th, 2016

Diaspora Reflections
At Oxford House Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG

This evening will reflect on the experiences of young British-Somali writers and artists navigating their positionality through their aspiration to publish, perform, or display their work to a mainstream English-speaking audience: Chairing this event is Dr. Muna Elmi, who is currently a Research Associate at UCL in the Computer Science department. She has a PHD in neuroscience from Gothenburg University in Sweden.
Khadra Muse Yusuf is an internally driven and emotionally charged visual artist who lives in Southern Italy. Inspired by Van Gogh, her art is contemporary and spiritual using mixed media such as recycling and collages, and expressing beauty, emotion, and colour. Khadra has been working as an artist for 8 years and within that time she has completed 15 successful shows.
Aisha Afrah is a poet whose work touches on many themes, such as nature, being a woman and a refugee. She also writes short fiction, which are mainly set in Somalia. She recently graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, andis currently undertaking a Master’s degree in African Literature at SOAS, University of London, with a focus on Somali Literature.

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Interview with MD Ayan Mahamoud by VOA (Somali)

Written by admin on October 26th, 2016

Kayd Managing Director, Ayan Mahamoud, is interviewed by the Somali section of the Voice of America on Somaliland.

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Press release: Kayd Director, Ayan Mahamoud, awarded MBE

Written by admin on October 25th, 2016
Ayan Mahamoud Mahamed

Ayan Mahamoud Mahamed

Press release
25th October 2016

Kayd Director, Ayan Mahamoud, awarded MBE

We are delighted to announce that Ayan Mahamoud, founder and director of Kayd Somali Arts and Culture Ltd was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) “For services to promoting friendship and cultural understanding between the UK and Somali Region” on the 25th October at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.

Mahamoud is the organiser of the annual Somali Week Festival (SWF) that has been running in London since 2007, and which draws some of the most prominent Somali artists from across the Somali regions and the diaspora. She is also co-organiser of the Hargeysa International Book Festival (HIBF), currently the biggest arts festival in East Africa, and co-founder of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, one of the first cultural institutions to emerge in the region after the civil war. Over the years the Book Fair has attracted a host of UK-based artists, writers, and journalists, including Nadifa Mohamed, Michela Wrong, Mary Harper, Hudaydi, Said Jama, and many more. Under Mahamoud’s stewardship, some of the most influential poems in the Somali language have been translated and published in English, and classics in English have been translated for a Somali audience. These and many other initiatives have made Mahamoud a leading figure in the promotion of cultural and artistic exchange between the UK and the Somali speaking regions.

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Soomaalinimo in the 21st Century 6-9.30pm | UCL

Written by admin on October 23rd, 2016

Soomaalinimo in the 21st Century 6-9.30pm | UCL
Chaired by Michael Walls
Fee £6 | Language : English

This evening event continues a long tradition of debating Somali affairs at the University of London, bringing some of the most renowned scholars together in conversation with one another, and with lively audiences. This year we are exploring the meaning of Soomaalinimo(Somaliness) and the ways in which it has evolved historically since it first emerged in anti-colonial struggles in the 1940s. Speakers will investigate the multiple and contested political, cultural and social meanings of Soomaalinimo, and
reflect on what it means today for younger generations.
Prof Ali Jimale Ahmed is from Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Prof Jimale is the Chair of Comparative Literature at Queens College, and teaches courses in African, Middle Eastern, and European literature. His books include: The Invention of Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1995); Daybreak Is Near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1996); Fear Is a Cow(Red Sea Press, 2002);and When Donkeys Give Birth to Calves: Totems, Wars, Horizons, Diasporas (Red Sea Press, 2012) and he was one of the first scholars to challenge and deconstruct the politicised narratives around Somali identity and culture and homogeneity.
Nadifa Mohamed is a renowned Somali-British novelist and author of two books, Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls. She was awarded Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ award in 2013, and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award.
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Somali Week Festival is holding three events today, all at Oxford House 

Written by admin on October 22nd, 2016
22 October 2016 –
Somali Week Festival 2016: Children’s day with Zaynab Daahir
At Oxford House Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Saturday 22 October from 2-4
A fun, interactive and educational session for accompanied 5-13 year olds. Zaynab Dahir, a Somali storyteller, entertainer and educator will lead the activities, which will include Somali story-telling, face-painting, arts and crafts, clowns and more! This year she will be showcasing a play that she has worked on with Somali children. Zaynab is an activist and promoter of the Somali language among Somali children raised in the UK. She runs her own organisation, Galool Somali, which publishes teach materials for learning Somali.

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Launch of Somali Week Festival 2016! Leadership & Creativity

Written by admin on October 21st, 2016

Launch of Somali Week Festival 2016! Leadership & Creativity,
Prof Ahmed I. Samatar and music by Ahmed Naji Saad.
  Chaired by Quman Akli.
At the British Museum The BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG
Friday 21st October 5 – 8:30
Tickets: Call +44 (0)20 7323 8181 some will still be available on the door

Artists are leading public figures in the Somali region, and artistic forms of expression offer the public a means of engaging with new values and ideals, including ideas of good leadership. In the launch event of Somali Week Festival 2016, Prof Ahmed I Samatar will introduce the theme, the interconnections between leadership and creativity and the importance of creativity for the Somalis in the Horn and the diaspora. Scholar Ahmed I. Samatar will be joined by singer-songwriter Ahmed Naji Saad.

Prof Ahmed I. Samatar is the founding Dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship and has lectured at many universities and colleges across the globe.Samatar, whose expertise is in the areas of global political economy, political and social thought, and African development, is the author/co-author/editor of five books and over forty articles and reviews. His current research interests are in the areas of leadership and the state in Somaliland.

Ahmed Naji Saad is one of the most established and cherished of Somali artists. Born in Mogadishu, he is a singer, songwriter and music composer. Ahmed has dedicated himself to the preservation, education and promotion of Somali culture and music. His work has been highly influential for many Somali through independence, the civil war, and exile abroad.

Tickets for today: the launch event are only available at the British Museum, we stopped online sell.

Somali Week Festival 2016 – the program

Written by admin on September 9th, 2016

13925957_10153587737671467_5755306788777980250_oKayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with its partners, is proud to present Somali Week Festival (SWF) 2016. This year’s festival will run from Friday 21st October to Sunday 30th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG and at various other venues across London.

The program of Somali Week Festival 2016 is finally online. Please check tickets for single events here.

See you all 21st October.

Bandhigga Buugaagta Cusub ee Af Soomaaliga lagu daabacay- Toddobaadka Fanka iyo Dhaqanka

Written by admin on September 5th, 2016

Toddobaadka Fanka iyo Dhaqanka Soomaalida: Maalinta Buugaagta Cusub ee Af Soomaaliga lagu daabacay –
Bandhiggu waxa uu ka dhacayaa daarta Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG – 29 Oktoober – Saacadda 6:00 ilaa 10:00 fiidnimo – Waa bilaash.

Maalintan gebihaanba waxa loogu talagalay qorayaasha iyo maanso yahanada Soomaalida iyo dadka kale ee Afka Soomaaliga ku hadla, si loo siiyo madal ay ku kala war qaataan oo ay ku soo bandhigaan waxqabadkooda buugta cusub ee ay soo saareen iyo cilmibaadhista afka iyo aqoonta ee ay wadaan. Waxa hagaya Dr. Jaamac Muuse Jaamac, Agaasimaha Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa iyo Seeska Hiddaha iyo Dhaqanka.

Maxamuud Sh. Dalmar ayaa wuxu la wadaagi doonaa madasha buugiisii koobaad oo ay ku qorantahay maanso ka kooban in ka badan 900 oo bayd, oo ku saabsan sheeko u dhigan hab male-awaal ah 00 lagu matalayo in Af Soomaaligu uu u safrayo Yurub isaga oo raadinaya in uu magangalyo ka helo waddamada Reer Galbeedka, gaar ahaan UK.

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Somali Week Festival 2016 – Leadership & Creativity

Written by admin on August 17th, 2016

F5sP-57Q87PXvVwqgXYikG8gDBI7OQ9R9mhXqmTXPOsKayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with its partners is proud to present Somali Week Festival (SWF) 2016. This year’s festival will run from Friday 21st October to Sunday 30th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG and at various other venues across London.

Somali Week Festival is an integral part of Black History Month and offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new. The festival offers a mix of events including poetry, literature, panel discussions, documentary film screenings and music. Through these different artistic forms, SWF has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognised and anticipated annual event in the UK.

Theme of the Year: Leadership and Creativity
‘Leadership and Creativity’ has been chosen as the main theme for this year’s Somali Week Festival programme of activities. Throughout history, art and literature have had a profound impact on the daily lives of Somalis in the Horn of Africa; there have been very few significant events in the field of politics, economics, or social affairs that have not been expressed through the arts. Artists, through their cultural expression, have deeply shaped public attitudes and opinions, and consequently the social and political dimensions of Somali society. While poetry has always been a dominant artistic medium, the influences of other mediums of expression such as theatre and music have fluctuated over time depending on the social-political climate. Read the rest of this entry »