The organisers of Somali Week Festival, Kayd Somali Arts & Culture would like to invite you to volunteer with us to deliver this year’s Somali Week Festival, a week of events celebrating and exploring the uniqueness of Somali arts and culture. In addition to a range of events showcasing music and literature from the Somali-speaking world, we will host a range panel discussions on important issues facing people of Somali origin in the UK, especially young people. Somali Week Festival has been running within Black History Month for several years and will take place this year between Saturday 23rd and Sunday 31st October.
The Somali Week Festival focuses on a particular combination of Somali poetry, literature, music and debates to discuss and promote development and social change. This year we are again expecting a number of highly esteemed international guests to take part, including poets, writers and playwright such as great Somali philosopher, poet and intellectual, Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame ‘Hadraawi’. Other notable visiting artists will include: Amina Abdilahi, Ahmed Saleebaan Bidde, Boon Hirsi and Ahmed Ibrahim Awale. We are also delighted to have two remarkable Somali women showcasing their latest fictional works: Yasmen Mahamud from the USA, and London’s Nadifa Mohamed. Nadifa will be present to discuss her book, Black Mamba Boy, and Yasmeen will introduce her work, Nomad Diaries. The festival will also showcase many others from the UK and throughout the diaspora.