Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with its partners is proud to present Somali Week Festival (SWF) 2016. This year’s festival will run from Friday 21st October to Sunday 30th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG and at various other venues across 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 and music. Through these different artistic forms, SWF has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognised and anticipated annual event in the UK.
Theme of the Year: Leadership and Creativity
‘Leadership and Creativity’ has been chosen as the main theme for this year’s Somali Week Festival programme of activities. Throughout history, art and literature have had a profound impact on the daily lives of Somalis in the Horn of Africa; there have been very few significant events in the field of politics, economics, or social affairs that have not been expressed through the arts. Artists, through their cultural expression, have deeply shaped public attitudes and opinions, and consequently the social and political dimensions of Somali society. While poetry has always been a dominant artistic medium, the influences of other mediums of expression such as theatre and music have fluctuated over time depending on the social-political climate. Read the rest of this entry »