Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG [get the full programme of events in PDF]. (Note: Programme slightly changed. Please download it again!)
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
Theme of the Year: IMAGINATION
This year’s festival will revolve around the theme of the IMAGINATION. Taking a broad understanding of the imagination, we will discuss how our creative capacities enable new ways of being and engaging in the world. In particular, we will consider the ways in which artistic forms of expression reflect, but also facilitate, these imaginative processes. Art can express complex ideas beyond the confines of language, and offer personal, affective and experiential ways of articulating and affecting change. SWF 2014 will explore the theme of the imagination in the Somali context, but also in relation to the arts more broadly. It will provide a platform to discuss how the Somali communities in the UK and the Horn have imagined different places and people, their pasts, presents and futures. Poets, artists, playwrights, writers, musicians and scholars who work with Somalis will be invited to discuss the notion of the imagination, and reflect on its importance in relation to the Somali experience. They will also be offered a space to present their creative visions for the future. Furthermore, the festival will be a space to investigate creative forms of collaboration amongst artists of different ages and levels of experience; it will provide a platform to share practices and to discuss, interact, and work together. Our hope is that SWF will inspire and encourage young Somalis to expand their horizons, imagine, and aspire to new and greater possibilities than those endured by their parents.