Archive for September, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: ‘Mahdi’- the first Somali audio Book

Written by admin on September 29th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Immediate release
29 September 2011

‘Mahdi’- the first Somali audio Book

Redsea-online cultural foundation is delighted to present you the first Somali audio book, Mahdi. the publication of ‘Mahdi’ in audio book form marks an important transformation in the distribution and reception of Somali Literature. Committed to raising awareness and expanding the availability of literary works to wider audiences, the Publishers have responded to the demand for books in audio format. This venture is part of a commitment to increase the impact and scope of Somali literature; the publishers in partnership with other organisations have also worked on translating Somali novels into other languages, and encouraging youngsters to read, write and present their work through the organisation of literary events and festivals.
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Somali Week Festival 2011 – the programme

Written by admin on September 28th, 2011

Programme announced!
Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present the annual Somali Week Festival. The festival, an integral part of the Black History Month celebrations, will run from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October 2011 in London . The festival offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new, presenting a mix of events including poetry, literature, music and panel discussions.

Through different artistic expressions, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes over the last few years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK, particularly among the local Somali community.

Theme of the Year: Translation
This year, Somali Week Festival 2011 will introduce the topic of ‘Translation’. Translated works enable individuals to learn about a particular culture and its people. There is currently a severe shortage of Somali work translated into foreign languages and even fewer examples of world literature translated into Somali. It is this lack of cultural exchange that we wish to address by choosing translation as the theme of the year.

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Nadifa Mohamed on PAPERCUT

Written by admin on September 23rd, 2011

My home the only quiet place around, the buzz of heatwave days felt faintly through galss and concrete. Beyond, everything mellow and molten.” From the author of prize-winning novel Black Mamba Boy, comes a story of hot summer afternoons, anticipation and tragedy.

Big thanks to Butcher Pete for the music, and to Shortfire Press!

Photo exhibition on Somaliland community in the City Hall of London

Written by admin on September 9th, 2011

Photo exhibition on Somaliland community in the City Hall of London

This exhibition is organised to celebrate and commemorate the reinstatement of Somaliland 20th independence anniversary and it will showcase the Somaliland communities across London at the different stages of their settlement in the capital. Despite their discreet visibility in the city, the Somaliland community is one of the oldest African communities in the capital and many members of the community have made a positive impact on the city’s vibrant cultural, economic and political life. As a former British protectorate, Somaliland continues to have strong links with Britain and this is reflected in the communities arrival in the UK originally as seamen, followed by flight from persecution and today as students and professionals. This community undoubtedly has over the last hundred years become part of the fabric of this city and the photographs will highlight these long standing hidden links.

We look forward to warmly receiving you. To register and for further information email