Archive for September, 2013

Somali Week Festival: Programme of Events – 18-27 October 2013

Written by admin on September 21st, 2013

Somali Week Festival 2013

Programme of events:
18-27 October 2013

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners are proud to announce the programme of Somali Week Festival 2013. This year’s festival will run from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.

Download from this link: The Programme of Events: 18-27 October 2013

Book presentation: The Orchard of Lost Souls, by Nadifa Mohamed

Written by admin on September 17th, 2013

nadifa_mohamedBook presentation: The Orchard of Lost Souls, by Nadifa Mohamed
Chaired by Saynab Mahamud.

Kayd Somali arts and Culture would like to invite you to a conversation with Nadifa Mohamed who will present her new novel “The Orchard of Lost Souls”, Saturday, 5th of October, 6pm, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG.

Set in 1988 in Hargeysa, the novel revolves around the everyday experiences of three women who lived through some extraordinary times. Despite their very different life situations, the fact they are women living through a war creates a commonality between them. Nine-year-old Deqo has left the refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of acquiring her first pair of shoes. Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station. Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north. And as the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together.

Join us for a conversation with Nadifa which promises to be instightful and moving as she tells us more about her second novel.

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Somali Week Festival 2013

Written by admin on September 7th, 2013

aniga-hadraawi-herbertSomali Week Festival 2003

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2013. This year’s festival will run from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.

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.

Somali Week Festival 2013: Journey
This year’s SWF is centred on the theme of ‘Journey’. The festival will provide a platform from which artists and intellectuals will explore the impact of movement, migration and exile on Somali arts and culture. We will invite writers, poets, scholars, and musicians of Somali heritage, and scholars who work with Somalis to share their experiences and discuss a broad range of concepts including exile, alienation, adventure, exploration, personal and collective change, identity, rights, and tolerance and coexistence with people from different cultural backgrounds. These artists and thinkers will explore the influences of migration and travel on peoples’ everyday realities, both in the diaspora and in the Horn of Africa. Read the rest of this entry »