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 »

Volunteering for Somali Week Festival 2016

Written by admin on August 17th, 2016

13925957_10153587737671467_5755306788777980250_oKayd Somali Arts & Culture is again seeking enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers to help us deliver our Somali Week Festival 2016 activities. Volunteering with Kayd is a fun and pleasurable way to gain insight into running events and a great way to network and engage in the Somali community.
Some of the volunteering roles will include:
Event coordination, ensuring smooth day-today running of events. Setting up of booths/stalls.
Managing administrative tasks, registration and ushering in of guests.
Publicity and promotion (distribution; flyers, program brochures, social media etc.)

If you are considering renting a stall/booth during the Somali Week Festival 2016, kindly get in touch with our team.

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Kayd Open Talk: afternoon with Mohamed Hirsi Guiled “Abdibashir”

Written by admin on June 9th, 2016
Maxamed Xirsi Guuleed "Abdibashir", writer and poet.

Maxamed Xirsi Guuleed “Abdibashir”, writer and poet.

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture invites you to the 4th Open Talk with Mohamed Hirsi Guiled (Abdibashir) to present his work and books on Saturday, 2nd July, 2pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire, London, E2 6HG.

Abdibashir is a teacher, religious leader, and writer of more than 10 books; Aan ooyee albaabla, Caqiidada islaamka, Isdaahirinta Muslinka, Hableheenna, Shirrabid hal abuur, Cilmiboodhari Caashaqiisii, Goob Joog, and many other books. Most of his work and books are dedicated to his faith, social issues and Somali literature mainly poetry. The writer will present his work: will share with us why writing is important to him, present some of his books and the themes of his books. Abdibashir writes in Somali and the presentation his presentation will be Somali.
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Paying Homage to Ali Sugeleh “Dun-Carbeed”

Written by admin on January 12th, 2016

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture would like to invite you to Paying Homage to Ali Sugeleh “Dun-Carbeed”, to offer prayers, condole with his family and friends, please join us Saturday, 16th January 2016, 6pm– 9pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire street, London, E2 6HG

Ali Sugulleh, RIP, playwright, Songwriter, political, and social activist of exemplary talents.

AFTER a relatively very long life of artistic contribution, spanning well over the past six decades,and after struggling for long with his fatal illness, Ali Sugule has died in Dubai on the 11th of January 2016.
A brilliant playwright, prolific poet, dauntless partiot and an amiable personality, Ali Sugule was well respected and dearly loved by all his colleagues and friends, and highly admired by his fans far and wide – throughout the Horn of Africa and abroad.

We in Kayd Somali Arts and Culture memorably note his magnificent contribution to our programme of The Somali Week Festival held in London in October 2008 to which he had been invited as Special Guest of the year. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this great Somali artist who, to the testimony of all, cast a giant shadow among his tall generation.

we pay our profound respects to his departed soul and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends everywhere. May his soul rest in peace; and may Allah’s Paradise be his reward.

Somali Week Festival – The programme

Written by admin on September 19th, 2015

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Friday, 23 October 2015 from 18:00 to 22:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom

Somali Week festival Launch, Chaired by Mohamed Adow, Aljazeera
Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with partners is proud to present Somali Week Festival (SWF) 2015. This year’s festival will run from Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG and various other venues.

Get the program in PDF and write the ​dates of your preferred events in ​your diary. Tickets are available online. [Get them here!]

Launch of Somali Week festival 2015

Written by admin on August 29th, 2015

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Friday, 23 October 2015 from 18:00 to 22:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom [Get your tickets online!]

Somali Week festival Launch, Chaired by Mohamed Adow, Aljazeera
Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with partners is proud to present Somali Week Festival (SWF) 2015. This year’s festival will run from Friday 23 October to Sunday 1 November at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG and various other venues.

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, Somali Week Festival 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: Space
This year’s festival is centred on the theme of ‘space’. It’s about experimenting with innovative and emerging spaces for Somali arts. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the spaces we have inhabited and carved out for the arts over the years, and the spaces that are being eroded or are currently under threat, while looking forward to developing, expanding and enriching new spaces. Festival participants will be invited to explore what it means to inhabit, create, move between and beyond different artistic spaces, be they physical or psychological, public or private. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »