Kayd is based in London,UK and it has been set up to ensure continuation and further development of the Somali Arts & Culture project which was initiated by the community centre Oxford House in Bethnal Green over 13 years ago. One of the key events of Somali Art and Culture project is Somali Week Festival. The festival brings visiting artists and opinion-makers to London to present their work, discuss and engage with other artists, professionals and audiences alike. It forms a part of Black History Month held annually in Britain during the month of October. This year’s festival, will take place from 22 – 26 October 2009 at Oxford House.
Kayd aims to build the profile of Somali Arts & Culture in the UK and in the Somali territories by programming world -class Somali work for a wide audience. We wish to contribute to the creation of a culture of tolerance in the context of an appreciation of the richness of the Somali culture and promote freedom of expression through art, culture and literature. In partnership with Ilays and Redsea-online we are now in the process of organising the inaugural Mooge Festival, to be held in Hargeysa, Somaliland from 22 – 26 July 2009. The festival has been named after the celebrated and influential Somali musician Mohamed Mooge Liibaan. The festival will be incorporated with a second Hargeisa International Book Fair as a major part of the event.
The two festivals should help to facilitate collaboration and exchange between Somali territory based artists and those from the Diaspora. Another key aspects of Kayd is to develop an archive of Somali art work through research and documentation for the legacy and heritage of Somali art and translate as much work as possible to open it up to non-Somali speaking audiences.