Archive for September, 2010

Would you like to volunteer for Somali Week Festival 2010?

Written by admin on September 30th, 2010

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.

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Written by admin on September 25th, 2010

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online, Ocean Somali and other Somali and Somaliland Communities, are proud to present the annual Somali Week Festival at Oxford House in Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG. The festival is part of Black History Month and will run from Saturday the 23rd to Sunday the 31st of October. The festival offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new, presenting a mix of events including poetry, literature, drama and panel discussions.

Theme of Somali Week 2010: ‘Tradition and Modernity’
For the last two years each Somali Week Festival has been dedicated to a specific theme. In 2008 the theme was ‘Gobannimo’, a Somali word with no direct English equivalent that encompasses independence, freedom, and sovereignty and collectively bears some parallel to the concept of ‘citizenship’. Throughout the festival we sought to explore the facets of the term ‘Gobannimo’, including concepts of independence, freedom, personal responsibility. Last year, the theme was ‘Censorship’, and sought to explore the relationships between creative expression, censorship and self-censorship.

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Youth evening!

Written by admin on September 1st, 2010

Join us!

Tuesday 14 September at 5.30pm

The BME Leadership and Engagement project in partnership with Kayd Somali Artist and Culture are inviting you to BME Youth4Change evening in regards to ‘Identity and Political Participation and Civic Engagement, Tuesday 14 September at 5:30pm – at oxford house, Derbyshire street, E2 6HG.

The event we will explore the dynamics of identity and culture, how BME particularly Somali young people can get representations in civic and democratic institutions and we will Highlight opportunities and support for BME and for Somali youth in getting involved in local organisations, political and democratic institutions, national forums etc that shape.

After a welcome and introduction from Aymero Gebremeskel from the BME leadership and engagement project, Cllr Abdula Mohamed, will speak about Youth in Evolvement in Politics at the national and local level. Malcolm Johnson from the magistrate’s recruitment team on BME Youth Involvement and participation in the public institution and Democratic Process, (TBC). Mr Omar on youth identity, leadership and citizenship. The event will be chaired by Quman Akli, secretary of Kayd Somali Arts and culture.
Finally, we will engage with Somali young arts and close the event with comedy and poetry from Prince Abdi & Yasmin Ali, they well perform and will engage in discussion with the audience.