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.

Somali Week Festival 2016: Community Based Approaches to reconciliation, peace, and humanitarian assistance
At Oxford House Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Saturday 22 October from 4-6
In the wake of a disaster, diaspora’s involvement is invaluable. Many times they offer material and cash assistance. As we look at rebuilding societies, the diaspora also continues to be key in offering relative and necessary support. Take part in this event showcasing various ways the diaspora can offer assistance to their home societies through in-kind donations and community owned dialogue and reconciliation. Barlin Ali, Dr. Khadijo and Dr. Yusuf Omar and Safiya Khalid will present various approaches to bring peace to societies anchored in culture.
Chairing this event is Amina Musa,is a Somali-American graduate of Clark Univerisity’s International Development and Social Change program. Her research focused on young Somali diaspora returnees in Somaliland.
Barlin Ali is the Program Coordinator for USAID (United States Agency for International Development) – Center for International Disaster Information.
Dr. Yusuf Omar holds a PhD from La Troube University, Melbourne, Australia in refugee studies. He and Dr. Khadijo have been working alongside universities in the Somali regions to increase peace capacity building process. Their work is strongly anchored in community based open dialogue
Somali Week Festival 2016: Pioneering Creativity – Dheeg, Abdikarim Jiir, Luqman, Haykalm Chaired by Farhia Absie
At Oxford House Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG
Saturday 22 October  from 18 – 22
Over the last few decades rural to urban migration has increased exponentially across the Somali regions and profoundly impacted the arts. Artists have sought to engage with these transformations in their work, and urbanisation has also brought them into contact with different individuals, artistic genres and new sources of inspiration. This event features urban-based innovators in the arts, including poets, writers and musicians.
Majamed Mahamud Yasiin “Dheeg” is a poet, playwright, and songwriter, born, bred in the suburbs of Hargeysa district. He is a former member of the first artist troupe established in the city in the early 50s called Walaalaha Hargeysa. His literary production is acclaimed for its variety and combination of the serious poetic style conforming to tradition, and the modern song poem known for its captivating appeal and easiness.  Dheeg is a symbol of the older generation and its passion for poetry, but is also an entertainer who appeals to the young urban middle classes.
Abdikarim “Jiir” is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant living Somali music composers.  His musical works are very popular among Somalis across the globe. He rose to eminence in the 70s with his remarkable performance of the famous song  ‘Beledweyn ’written by M I Hadraawi.  This song was received with unprecedented jubilation by the Somali publicand set a new standard for Somali musicians.Serenity and quietude are generally said to be natural conditions in which the creativity of the artist flourishes, yet Abdikarim lives permanently in war-torn Mogadishu and continues to work undeterred.
Luqmaan Cali Waraabe is one of our visiting poet from US and his work mainly addresses the youth, religion, and other social issues.
Mahamed Muhumed Abdi “Haykal” is a poet, and writer and his work explores social issues such as Khat. He is the writer of Masiibada Cagaaran (“The disaster of the Green leaf”).

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