Archive for September, 2012

UNHEARD VOICES 2013, inviting new playwrights of Somali descent to apply.

Written by admin on September 28th, 2012

The Royal Court Theatre launches their free playwriting initiative
UNHEARD VOICES 2013, inviting new playwrights of Somali descent to apply.

Everyone has a story. Everyone has a sheeko. What’s yours?

Write a play and have your voice heard.

The Royal Court is running an 11-week playwriting group starting in January 2013 to develop and nurture new playwrights of Somali descent. Each weekly session will involve sharing ideas, reading and talking about plays and writing exercises. Participants will work towards writing a new play, which we will read in consideration for production here at the Royal Court.

No previous playwriting experience is needed. To apply for the course, send us a maximum of 10 pages of writing intended for live performance on the stage. If your application is successful you’ll be invited to come to the weekly playwriting workshops at the Royal Court theatre, led by a professional playwright.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 NOVEMBER 2012.
All applications must be written in English.

For submission guidelines and submission form please visit http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/unheard-voices

Previously, UNHEARD VOICES (2012, 2010, 2009) has work with Muslim writers and of Chinese, East and South-East Asian descent. Read the rest of this entry »

Somali Week Festival 2012 – Programme of events

Written by admin on September 27th, 2012

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2012. This year‟s festival will run from Friday the 19th to Sunday the 28th October in 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, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK.

When: 19th – 28th October, 2012
Where: Festival Launch @ Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London. Friday 19th  6:00pm – 10:00pm
What: Theme of the Year: Courage

Download from here the Programme of Events: Somali Week Festival 2012

Would you like to book tickets for Somali Week Festival 2012?

Written by admin on September 26th, 2012

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2012. This year’s festival will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th October in London.

There is a chance for you to purchase a discounted weekly pass at £30 each for the entire festival which will be available from Friday 28th September. If you wish to purchase your weekly pass, please contact Ayan Mahamoud at ayan_mahamoud@kayd.org or call 07903712949.

About Somali Week festival:

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, music and theatre. Through different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

The organizers of Somali Week Festival mourn one of its major guest artists: Faysal Cumar Mushteeg, 1945-2012. May his soul rest in peace. Ilaahey ha u naxariisto.

Written by admin on September 21st, 2012
Faysal Cumar Mushteeg 1945 - 2012

Faysal Cumar Mushteeg 1945 – 2012

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of one of our key guest artists, Faysal Omer Mushteeg passed away last night, September 20, 2012, in Dacarburuq. He was on his way to Addis Ababa to apply for the UK visa to attend Somali Week Festival 2012 in London, where he was eagerly expected. Unfortunately, he became very unwell and he had to be taken back to Hargeysa. Sadly he died on the way in the village of Dacarburuq.
We, as organizers and other visiting artist who were travelling with Late Faysal Omer Musteeq, Basbaas, Ali Banfaz, Musse Ali Faruur, and Hasan Qawdhan, are all deeply touched by the loss of this great artist.

The artist
Faisal was born in 1945 in Hargeysa. He studied in Hargeysa and Borame in his early schooling before he moved to Mogadishu for a teacher training course and finally became non only a well respected teacher but also an exceptional musician, vocalist and composer.
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Would you like to volunteer for Somali Week Festival 2012?

Written by admin on September 19th, 2012

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 at Oxford House.

The festival is an integral part of Black History Month and offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new. It offers a mix of events including poetry, literature, panel discussions, documentary film screenings, music and theatre. Through different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK.

Last year, we were supported by many enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who made it possible for us to deliver a brilliant festival. As a charitable organisation with limited funds, Kayd is depended on the support and contributions of volunteers to continue their work. Some of the volunteering roles will include, event coordination, stage management, box office, stalls, registration, setting up of events, assisting project manager with ad hoc administrative tasks and collecting evaluation forms. Read the rest of this entry »

Would you like to book a stall space at the Somali Week Festival 2012?

Written by admin on September 19th, 2012

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture would like to invite you to book a stall to promote your work and/or services relevant to the Somali community. Kayd is an organisation based in London and aims to promote a culture of tolerance throughout the Somali-speaking populations using a diverse range of artistic forms of expression. Kayd hopes to create better understanding and collaboration between Somali communities and the wider society.

This year’s festival will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th October in London.

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Somali Week Festival 2012: 19-28 October

Written by admin on September 8th, 2012

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2012. This year’s festival will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th October in 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, music and theatre. Through different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK.

Theme of the Year: Courage
Somali Week Festival 2012 will focus on the theme of ‘COURAGE’.
Our understanding of ‘courage’ is not one of gun-toting aggression, but a belief in peace and tolerance as essential principles; about dreaming the seemingly impossible, challenging the status quo in the name of collaboration and fruitful coexistence. In that sense it emphasises empathy, tolerance and personal integrity in a context of uncertainty. The acceptance that this kind of courage must necessarily exist without the security of knowing that ‘everything will be all right in the end’ is paramount. Tolerance and empathy in the certain knowledge of a positive outcome do not require courage. Read the rest of this entry »

Hadraawi oo ku guulaystay aqoonsi caalami ah.

Written by admin on September 7th, 2012

RSOL – 7.9.2012. Warsaxaafadeed

Kow iyo toban isugu jira maskax-maallo, abwaanno, filim-sameeyeyaal iyo ururro ka socda dalal kala duwan, ayaa ku guulaystay aqoonsi caalami ah oo sannadkiiba mar lagu sharfo dadka wax qiime leh kusoo kordhiya dhaqanka iyo horumarka bini-aadamka. Aqoonsigaas oo ay bixiyaan Prince Claus Fund, oo ah sanduuq-faneed ku xidhan Aqalka Boqortooyada ee waddanka Holland, waxa la siiyaa dadka wax soo saarkooda maskaxeed qiime aad u sarreeya leeyahay, islamarkaana uu saamayn wayn ku yeesho bulshada uu qofkaasi la noolyahay.

Waxa sannadkan ka mid noqdey guuleysteyaasha Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame “Hadraawi”.

Aqoonsiga Mudnaanta Kowaad ee sannadkan waxa ku guulaysatay iskaashatada Eloísa Cartonera oo ah kulan farashaxan, soo-saarid iyo fidin buugaageed, oo laga sameeyey 2003dii magaalada Buenos Aires ee waddanka Arjantiin. Iskaashatada Eloísa Cartonera waxa ay ku guulaysatay boqol kun oo Euro (100,000Euros), iyada oo loogu aqoonsaday guusha in “Eloísa Cartonera iyada oo aan macaashdoon ahayn ayay ummaddeeda usoo saartey buugaag badan oo qiime jaban lagu heli karo.” Xafladda dhiibista aqoonsigani waxa ay ka dhici doontaa 12ka Diisember 2012, Guriga Boqortooyada ee magaalada Amsterdam, iyada oo uu gacanta ka dhiibi doono Amiir Constantijn. Tobanka qof ee kale ee uu ka mid yahay Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame “Hadraawi”, midkiiba waxa uu ku guulaystay shan iyo labaatan kun oo Euro (25,000 Euros), mid kastana arrin u gaar ah ayaa loogu caleema saaray guusha sannadkan. Read the rest of this entry »