Archive for February, 2013

Book presentation: The World’s Most Dangerous Place” by James Fergusson

Written by admin on February 22nd, 2013

Kayd Somali arts and Culture would like to invite you to book presentation and discussion on “The World’s Most Dangerous Place” with the author James Fergusson, Somali activist’s, writer’s and other’s, Sunday, 3rd of March, 6pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG

In The World’s Most Dangerous Place, Fergusson explores Somalia’s recent history and how the region has moved from years of civil war, famine and death in the 90s to the very shaky form of democracy that currently holds the region. During and since the civil war millions of Somalis have fled abroad, many of these being young Somalis, most of who left when they were small children and are now typically in their early 20s. James examines the impact and views of those young Somalis living in the UK and US, measuring the threat Islamic extremism has there and also how they, more than any other group, have the power to steer Somalia and Somalis to a better future.

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Speaking to the Wound: Are Justice and Healing in Africa Mutually Exclusive?

Written by admin on February 19th, 2013

Centre of African studies, University of London
Africa seminar – Thursday 14 March, 5.15pm, Room 4421, SOAS

Speaking to the Wound: Are Justice and Healing in Africa Mutually Exclusive?
by Gary Geddes

Gary Geddes has written a much-anticipated book called Drink the Bitter Root: A writer’s search for justice and healing in Africa, based on his trauma and human rights interviews with victims of violence in Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Somaliland. Ottawa’s Ian Smillie describes the book as “a deeply textured journey without maps into the the unexplored rifts of sub-Saharan Africa, the human experience and the psyche. It’s also the masterful handling of a full pallette.” Foreign Affairs Editor Jonathan Manthorpe calls it “A splendid piece of work that brought back many memories, some I’d tried hard to bury, but also all the light and joy of Africa.”

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than forty books and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt.-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence (BC), and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile, awarded simultaneously to Nobel laureates Vaclav Have and, Octavio Paz as well as to Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti and Mario Benedetti.

All welcome

For more information contact: cas@soas.ac.uk

How far would you go for a hospital: talk with Christopher Stanfield and fundraising event to support Edna Hospital

Written by admin on February 15th, 2013

https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/3192434116/59f90fad0dfe33c9c427427147629752.jpegKayd , West London Somaliland Community and others would like to invite you to a talk with Christopher Stanfield and fundraising event to support Edna Hospital, Hargeysa, Somaliland on Friday, 1st of March, 6pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG

September 8th 2012, Christopher Stanfield began his challenge to walk from Egypt to Somaliland. The adventure was something Christopher had dreamed up 1 year previous; he wanted to raise both money and awareness for Edna Adan’s maternity hospital in Somaliland. He also wanted to be able to help Somaliland take a step towards gaining recognition as a breakaway country, and to no longer be affiliated with Somalia.

“Edna Adan’s hospital is an inspiring white light in Somaliland, and it is time we all stood up and recognized both the hospital, and this ever growing, and stabilizing country” Christopher

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Don’t just live, live to be remembered: The Somali East End

Written by admin on February 13th, 2013

Don’t just live, live to be remembered: The Somali East End

  • Exhibition launch
  • Panel discussion: How did we get here and what have we been through since the first days of the seamen?

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives invite you to the launch of the first ever exhibition examining the history of Somali migration to Tower Hamlets at 6pm on Friday 8 March at Oxford House, Bethnal Green.

Including new portraits taken by local photographer Sarah Ainslie, the exhibition draws on oral histories of community members and archives from Somali organisations collected by Simeera Hassan as part of a year-long heritage skills traineeship, part of a nationwide project led by The National Archives and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Somali Film Night – Thursday 28 March

Written by admin on February 13th, 2013

KAYD Somali Arts & Culture and Tower Hamlet’s Local History Library & Archives invite you to Somali Film Night at Idea Store Chrisp Street, Thursday 28 March, 6:30-8:30pm. The two films Janaale and Muted Cry will illustrate two very different aspects of Somalis in Tower Hamlets.

  • Janaale (The Fortune Men) is a short documentary produced by Sahan Centre which aims to explore the history trail of the Somali diaspora in the latter part of the nineteenth century, with a particular focus on those who worked as seafarers. These men took part in the First, Second and Falklands Wars and made outstanding contributions to Britain as veterans of the Royal Navy and Merchand Navy. Many of these men had travelled to Britain in search of work and subsequently settled in their respective communities. Despite many hardships and challenges encountered, their resilience embodied the spirit of hard work and made a positive contribution to their communities. This is an inspiring story that will resonate in the minds of the young and old of our current generation of Somali settlers and hopes to change attitudes through learning from the seafarers’ experiences.
  • Muted Cry, a short film produced by Ocean Somali Community Association is an entertaining and emotive play that seeks to underline the devastating effect of FGM. It is realistic portrayal of family dynamics, gender relations and generational differences. Muted Cry is based on information and testimonies gathered from women participating in the OSCA project ‘Community against FGM’.

After the two films KAYD will lead a discussion about the films and their relation to the Somali community in Tower Hamlets.

Invitation from Young Somali Londoners

Written by admin on February 6th, 2013

Young Somali Londoners are inviting you to a fundraising event in support of Tusmo Orphanage Camp in Burao, home to 600 orphans between the ages of 1 and 9. The evening will be jam-packed with live music, poetry, open mic sessions, fashion show, comedy, a short play, raffles to win prizes and much more. This is an event organised by young people and everyone is welcome. Please join us to give your support.

Date: Saturday 16th February 2013
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Venue: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG

Entrance fee: £5

All funds raised will go to Tusmo Orphanage Camp. For more information, please contact Mubarak Ali on 07939830744.

Supported by Kayd Somali Arts and Culture

Join us to listen rare recordings of Somali poetry and songs from late 1950’s

Written by admin on February 6th, 2013

Kayd Somali Arts and culture and City University’s Pop-up archive project is inviting you to listen to rare recordings of Somali poetry and songs from late 1950’s and recordings of popular Songs from late 80’s at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG on Friday, 12 April at 6pm.

As part of her PhD research, Emma Brinkhurst has been working with the Somali community in London, to make this archive available and promote this heritage archived at the British Library, and also to make new recordings that provide a musical snapshot of the lives of Somali people today.

Did you know that recordings of Somali poetry, language, songs and music are preserved at the British Library and available for anyone to listen to?

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