Kayd Open Talk with Professor Ahmed Samatar

Written by admin on June 9th, 2015

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture invites you to the third Kayd Open Talk with Professor Ahmed Samatar, Sunday 12 July, 4pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG.

Professor Samatar will discuss the relationship between culture and development, and why it is important to preserve art and culture in the face of an increasingly modern world.

Professor Samatar is a prominent scholar and former Dean of the institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College, and the author of five books and over 40 academic articles including The State in Africa: Reconsiderations and The Porcupine Dilemma: Governance and Transition in Somalia. Once a BBC broadcaster, Professor Samatar has lectured at various academic institutions, Harvard University, London School of Economics and Amoud University, to name a few. He is also the founding and continuing editor-in-chief of Bildhaan, the first international journal of Somali Studies.

Join us for a knowledge-packed evening and be in the company of a highly distinguished guest. Read the rest of this entry »

Kayd Open Talk: an evening with Nuruddin Farah

Written by admin on May 19th, 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015 from 19:30 to 21:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture in partnership with Royal African Society invites you to the second Kayd Open Talk with Nuruddin Farah and the launch of his new novel Hiding in plain sight on Friday 29 May, 7:30pm at Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.

Kayd Open Talk is a platform for Somali artists and activists to address current issues facing the Somali community. These talks are comprehensive presentations in the form of a lecture and invites scholars to articulate their thoughts and ideas on their specialised fields.

Nuruddin Farah will discuss the role of culture in Somali identity and what does it mean to be Somali. We’re also excited to be launching his latest title Hidden in plain sight, a modern-day story which examines how war and political unrest has created a nation of refugees, published by OneWorld publishing.

Come along, join in the discussion and most importantly have your book signed by Nuraddin Farah himself.

International Mother Language Day

Written by admin on February 4th, 2015

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture is delighted to invite you to the International Mother Language Day, And Paying Homage to Two Great Somali Artists, Mohamed Ahmed KULUC and Hussein Sheikh Ahmed KADDARE, Saturday, 21st, February 2015, 2pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire street, London, E2 6HG

The 21st of this month, February, 2015 marks the International Mother Language Day called for by the UN/UNESCO to alert all its member states of the danger facing one of the pillars on which their nationhood rests – the preservation and promotion of their indigenous languages. The message is, however, meant to address in particular those fragile nation states whose native languages are more likely to suffer the scourge of extinction if serious and conscientious efforts are not taken in time at all levels of the society.

As it is beset by numerous problems and unyielding challenges, the Somali
Language starkly stands as one of the most concerned when talking about the dangers that lie ahead in our times, ironically termed The Age of Information. Read the rest of this entry »

KAYD’S OPEN TALK with Said Salah Ahmed

Written by admin on December 26th, 2014

said_salahThe Kayd Arts and Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the launch of a new program, regular periodic under the title of “KAYD’S OPEN TALK “, with Said Salah Ahmed, 09 January, 2015, 7pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG

For the launch of this important cultural landmark, we have invited Said Salah Ahmed, the preeminent poet, playwright, senior teacher and art critic, who will on this occasion, takes us through the complicated trajectory the Somali culture has traversed over the past few telling decades of the Somalis in the turbulent Horn of Africa.

KAYD’S OPEN TALK will offer new platform for the Somali communities in the UK and the Horn to think about their past, present and future. Artists, scholars, activists, and journalists and scholars who work with Somalis will be invited to discuss the Somali future and lives, and reflect on Somali experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Music night : performance by Amina Farah Waber

Written by admin on December 18th, 2014

AminaKayd Somali Arts and Culture would like to invite you to a performance by great artist Amina Farah Waber, Sunday, 21st December, 19.00, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.

Amina Farah is our visiting artist, from Djibouti, an Iconic Somali Singer, well-known for her fantastic vocals and highly popular music.

Come and enjoy musical performances by Amina farah, and many London based artists.

For more information please email us info@kayd.org.

Tickets are available at the door £20

London welcomes great artist Shay Mirre Dacar

Written by admin on November 13th, 2014

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Kayd Somali Arts and Culture and West London Somaliland Community would like to invite you to the Show – “Shay Mire Dacar and London, Friday 28th November, 8pm, Greenford Assembly, Ruislip Rd, Greenford, London, Middlesex UB6 9QN.

Shay Mirre will be joined by London based artists such us
Sir Mahamoud Omer (Walaalaha Sweden) Nimco Yasiin Arale, Maryan Mursal, Nimo Degan, Abdirizak ‘Gaadaco, ’Ikran Arale, Abdikhalaq, Abdi Holand and more.

Ticket price: £20

British Muslims mark Black History Month with culture showcase

Written by admin on October 16th, 2014

Photo from Al Arabia Net (Jim Brown, left, and Muhammad Ali were friends who nearly became foes in the ring. (Courtesy: The Associated Press))

The Somali Week Festival featured by the Al Arabia. Read the article on Al Arabia Net.

By Jenny McCall | Special to Al Arabiya News

“It’s important for people of different faiths and ethnic groups to acknowledge and be involved in BHM,” Zainab Dahir, a Muslim Somali novelist from London, told Al Arabiya News.

She says she has celebrated BHM with her family for many years and sees it not just as an opportunity to showcase black culture but also to represent the Muslim community.

For many British Muslims, October is a fruitful time, consisting of Eid celebrations as well as BHM.

Somali Week Festival 2014 – The Programme

Written by admin on September 17th, 2014

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG [get the full programme of events in PDF]. (Note: Programme slightly changed. Please download it again!)

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, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK

Theme of the Year: IMAGINATION

This year’s festival will revolve around the theme of the IMAGINATION. Taking a broad understanding of the imagination, we will discuss how our creative capacities enable new ways of being and engaging in the world. In particular, we will consider the ways in which artistic forms of expression reflect, but also facilitate, these imaginative processes. Art can express complex ideas beyond the confines of language, and offer personal, affective and experiential ways of articulating and affecting change. SWF 2014 will explore the theme of the imagination in the Somali context, but also in relation to the arts more broadly. It will provide a platform to discuss how the Somali communities in the UK and the Horn have imagined different places and people, their pasts, presents and futures. Poets, artists, playwrights, writers, musicians and scholars who work with Somalis will be invited to discuss the notion of the imagination, and reflect on its importance in relation to the Somali experience. They will also be offered a space to present their creative visions for the future. Furthermore, the festival will be a space to investigate creative forms of collaboration amongst artists of different ages and levels of experience; it will provide a platform to share practices and to discuss, interact, and work together. Our hope is that SWF will inspire and encourage young Somalis to expand their horizons, imagine, and aspire to new and greater possibilities than those endured by their parents.

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Somali Week Festival 2014 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Written by admin on September 17th, 2014

VolunteersSWFSomali Week Festival 2014 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, and E2 6HG.

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, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Somali Week Festival – 2014 BOOK A STALL AT SWF!

Written by admin on September 17th, 2014

BooksDisplaySomali Week Festival – 2014
BOOK A STALL AT SWF!

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Redsea Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, and E2 6HG.

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, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK.

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