Archive for October, 2016

Somali Week Festival 2016: Diaspora Reflections

Written by admin on October 26th, 2016

Diaspora Reflections
At Oxford House Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG

This evening will reflect on the experiences of young British-Somali writers and artists navigating their positionality through their aspiration to publish, perform, or display their work to a mainstream English-speaking audience: Chairing this event is Dr. Muna Elmi, who is currently a Research Associate at UCL in the Computer Science department. She has a PHD in neuroscience from Gothenburg University in Sweden.
Khadra Muse Yusuf is an internally driven and emotionally charged visual artist who lives in Southern Italy. Inspired by Van Gogh, her art is contemporary and spiritual using mixed media such as recycling and collages, and expressing beauty, emotion, and colour. Khadra has been working as an artist for 8 years and within that time she has completed 15 successful shows.
Aisha Afrah is a poet whose work touches on many themes, such as nature, being a woman and a refugee. She also writes short fiction, which are mainly set in Somalia. She recently graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, andis currently undertaking a Master’s degree in African Literature at SOAS, University of London, with a focus on Somali Literature.

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Interview with MD Ayan Mahamoud by VOA (Somali)

Written by admin on October 26th, 2016

Kayd Managing Director, Ayan Mahamoud, is interviewed by the Somali section of the Voice of America on Somaliland.

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Press release: Kayd Director, Ayan Mahamoud, awarded MBE

Written by admin on October 25th, 2016
Ayan Mahamoud Mahamed

Ayan Mahamoud Mahamed

Press release
25th October 2016

Kayd Director, Ayan Mahamoud, awarded MBE

We are delighted to announce that Ayan Mahamoud, founder and director of Kayd Somali Arts and Culture Ltd was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) “For services to promoting friendship and cultural understanding between the UK and Somali Region” on the 25th October at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.

Mahamoud is the organiser of the annual Somali Week Festival (SWF) that has been running in London since 2007, and which draws some of the most prominent Somali artists from across the Somali regions and the diaspora. She is also co-organiser of the Hargeysa International Book Festival (HIBF), currently the biggest arts festival in East Africa, and co-founder of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, one of the first cultural institutions to emerge in the region after the civil war. Over the years the Book Fair has attracted a host of UK-based artists, writers, and journalists, including Nadifa Mohamed, Michela Wrong, Mary Harper, Hudaydi, Said Jama, and many more. Under Mahamoud’s stewardship, some of the most influential poems in the Somali language have been translated and published in English, and classics in English have been translated for a Somali audience. These and many other initiatives have made Mahamoud a leading figure in the promotion of cultural and artistic exchange between the UK and the Somali speaking regions.

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Soomaalinimo in the 21st Century 6-9.30pm | UCL

Written by admin on October 23rd, 2016

Soomaalinimo in the 21st Century 6-9.30pm | UCL
Chaired by Michael Walls
Fee £6 | Language : English

This evening event continues a long tradition of debating Somali affairs at the University of London, bringing some of the most renowned scholars together in conversation with one another, and with lively audiences. This year we are exploring the meaning of Soomaalinimo(Somaliness) and the ways in which it has evolved historically since it first emerged in anti-colonial struggles in the 1940s. Speakers will investigate the multiple and contested political, cultural and social meanings of Soomaalinimo, and
reflect on what it means today for younger generations.
Prof Ali Jimale Ahmed is from Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Prof Jimale is the Chair of Comparative Literature at Queens College, and teaches courses in African, Middle Eastern, and European literature. His books include: The Invention of Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1995); Daybreak Is Near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1996); Fear Is a Cow(Red Sea Press, 2002);and When Donkeys Give Birth to Calves: Totems, Wars, Horizons, Diasporas (Red Sea Press, 2012) and he was one of the first scholars to challenge and deconstruct the politicised narratives around Somali identity and culture and homogeneity.
Nadifa Mohamed is a renowned Somali-British novelist and author of two books, Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls. She was awarded Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ award in 2013, and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award.
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Somali Week Festival is holding three events today, all at Oxford House 

Written by admin on October 22nd, 2016
22 October 2016 –
Somali Week Festival 2016: Children’s day with Zaynab Daahir
At Oxford House Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Saturday 22 October from 2-4
A fun, interactive and educational session for accompanied 5-13 year olds. Zaynab Dahir, a Somali storyteller, entertainer and educator will lead the activities, which will include Somali story-telling, face-painting, arts and crafts, clowns and more! This year she will be showcasing a play that she has worked on with Somali children. Zaynab is an activist and promoter of the Somali language among Somali children raised in the UK. She runs her own organisation, Galool Somali, which publishes teach materials for learning Somali.

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Launch of Somali Week Festival 2016! Leadership & Creativity

Written by admin on October 21st, 2016

Launch of Somali Week Festival 2016! Leadership & Creativity,
Prof Ahmed I. Samatar and music by Ahmed Naji Saad.
  Chaired by Quman Akli.
At the British Museum The BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG
Friday 21st October 5 – 8:30
Tickets: Call +44 (0)20 7323 8181 some will still be available on the door

Artists are leading public figures in the Somali region, and artistic forms of expression offer the public a means of engaging with new values and ideals, including ideas of good leadership. In the launch event of Somali Week Festival 2016, Prof Ahmed I Samatar will introduce the theme, the interconnections between leadership and creativity and the importance of creativity for the Somalis in the Horn and the diaspora. Scholar Ahmed I. Samatar will be joined by singer-songwriter Ahmed Naji Saad.

Prof Ahmed I. Samatar is the founding Dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship and has lectured at many universities and colleges across the globe.Samatar, whose expertise is in the areas of global political economy, political and social thought, and African development, is the author/co-author/editor of five books and over forty articles and reviews. His current research interests are in the areas of leadership and the state in Somaliland.

Ahmed Naji Saad is one of the most established and cherished of Somali artists. Born in Mogadishu, he is a singer, songwriter and music composer. Ahmed has dedicated himself to the preservation, education and promotion of Somali culture and music. His work has been highly influential for many Somali through independence, the civil war, and exile abroad.

Tickets for today: the launch event are only available at the British Museum, we stopped online sell.