Nordic Somali Week Festival-Finland 2016

Written by admin on December 7th, 2016

Nordic Somali Week Festival-Finland 2016

Invitation to the opening session 

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture and partners are happy to present Nordic Somali Week Festival 2016. This inaugural event will be taking place from the 8th – 10th in Finland in partnership with the University of Helsinki. Nordic Somali Week Festival will highlight the experiences and accomplishments of Somalis residing in Finland. Events including book launches, workshops, lectures and panel discussions, create a platform for Somalis to celebrate their achievements and vocalise their lived experience through the arts.

Nordic Somali Week Festival brings both a celebration of culture and an opportunity to strive for better in the diaspora. This festival, on the heels of a recent decision from the Universtiy of Helsinki to establish a Somali language course at the university, will focus on Somali language trainings. This festival will bring together Somali artists, academics, poets, and community activists and the wider host community. Nordic Somali Week Festival, reflecting the socio-political climate in these countries will offer a space for engagement and exchange with the following schedule:

Thursday, 8 December

09.00 – 12.00 Workshops for Somali Teachers

Finnish National Board of Education, Hakaniemenranta 6, 00531 Helsinki

The Nordic Somali Week Festival in collaboration with Finnish National Board of Education will host a half-day workshops and trainings on Somali Language and literature focusing on the role of the mother tongue teachers in the Finish schools. This session is exclusive to Somali teachers working as mother tongue supporting staff to the schools in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa cities.

We will offer the following workshops:

Standardization of the Somali Written Language

Maxamed Xasan “Alto”

Maxamed is an author and an independent researcher on Somali language and literature. He is a trained literary translator, and co-authored or co-translated Somali poetry into English.

 

Somali proverbs

Dr. George Kapchits, University of Moscow

George Kapchits is the author of several books, including “Soomaali been ma maahmaahdo / Somalis do not lie in proverbs”, and has been working on Somali literature and language for more than 30 years. He lectures on the Somali language at the Universities of Moscow and Berlin.He is a qualified as a linguist in the field of Amharic and Somali studies, Dr. Kapchits worked as a broadcaster in the Somali Section of Radio Moscow’s World Service.

 

Teaching in Our Way

Dr. Jama Musse Jama, Redsea-Online Cultural Foundation

Jama Musse Jama is an ethno-mathematician and author. He has a PhD in African Studies specializing in Computational Linguistics of African Languages. He has created and currently directs the Somali Corpus, an online platform to manage a corpus database for Somali language.

12.30-13.30 Lunch at Finnish National Board of Education

 

14.00-15.00 Nordic Somali Week Festival Official Opening session

University main building, Auditorium XI

City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki, Unioninkatu 38, 00100

 

Nordic Somali Week Festival- Finland will kick off in Helsinki. The festival will consist of discussions, academic seminars, poetry readings and live entertainment. This festival is in partnership with the Department of Word Cultures, at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Helsinki; the Turku City Library and different local community and professional organizations.

 

Opening speech by Said Salah Ahmed

Said Salah Ahmed is an esteemed playwright, poet and teacher. His opening speech will touch on the themes of this program: Language, Culture, Heritage, Identity, Diaspora and Co-habitation.

 

15.00-18.00 Somali Language and Literature Training

The Nordic Somali Week Festival in collaboration with Helsinki University will host a half-day conference on Somali Language and literature. The university has recently decided to establish a Somali language course and conference will focus on the cultural and linguistic role of Somali speaking teachers within the Finland education system. In Finland, Second generation Somalis are employed as class assistants. This conference will focus on training them to become effective cultural mediators for families and Finnish education authorities. The various sessions will focus on Somali language teaching, standardization and developments in understanding the language. This session will be chaired by Mohamed Hassan “Alto”.

The sessions for this day will look as such:

Teaching Somali in Italian Universities

Professor Giorgio Banti, Oriental University of Naples

 

Giorgio Banti is a professor of Historical and General Linguistics, and of Somali Language and Literature at the Oriental University of Naples. He is one of the most senior Somalists and has been working with different research groups on Somali language and literature for almost 40 years.

 

Towards lexicographic description of Somali nouns with the word “road” as an example

Dr. George Kapchits, University of Moscow

 

George Kapchits is the author of several books, including “Soomaali been ma maahmaahdo / Somalis do not lie in proverbs”, and has been working on Somali literature and language for more than 30 years. He lectures on the Somali language at the Universities of Moscow and Berlin. He is a qualified as a linguist in the field of Amharic and Somali studies, Dr. Kapchits worked as a broadcaster in the Somali Section of Radio Moscow’s World Service.

 

Somali Corpus: A framework for linguistic annotation

Dr. Jama Musse Jama, Redsea Cultural Foundation

Jama Musse Jama is an ethno-mathematician and author. He has a PhD in African Studies specializing in Computational Linguistics of African Languages. He has created and currently directs the Somali Corpus, an online platform to manage a corpus database for Somali language.

 

Friday 9th Dec

09.00- 14.00 Somali Oral Expressions

Pasila library

Kellosilita 9, 00520 Helsinki

This event, in collaboration with Pasila library and Somaliland Seura, will expose the greater community to the beauty of Somali literature. The library will speak to the importance of libraries being a place of inclusion for new migrants. During the event there will be books, Somali and African, on display in the main entrance. They will be available for everyone to look through and some will be available for purchase. This event will host scholars, and authors who will share their work with the public. This event will be chaired by Mohamed Hassan Alto. To begin the day, Arte De Heer, director of the Turku City Library will join us to speak about how “A reading society is a happy society”.

This session will explore the beauty of the Somali language. We will have with us Dr. Georgy Kapchits from the University of Moscow presenting his book, Soomaali been ma maahmaahdo– Somalis do not lie in proverbs.  Said Jama Hussein, author of Shufbeel and Safar Aan Jiho Lahayn will read from his collection of short stories. Professor Banti will talk about his long experience for the Somali language development and studies.

For the afternoon session, 2-4 pm we will have young Somali Finnish artists display and perfrom their work.

Friday 9th Dec

16.00-18.00 Somali Poetry Evening

Pasila library

Kellosilita 9, 00520 Helsinki

This evening will be dedicated to poetry and the Somali language. Starting off the night we will have Said Salah Ahmed, legendary poet and playwright, reading poetry.

Next we will have Abdisalam Hereri, renowned TV and radio producer, will present his book, Feedh Qaloocan. This is book is Nurudin Farah’s first novel, From a Crooked Rib, translated into Somali.

The night will end with Somali poet Caasha Luul joined by Clare Pollard from the Poetry Translation Centre. Caasha Luul will read her poems in Somali, and Clare will present them in English.

 

Saturday, 10 December

Celebrating Somali Art and Culture

17.00- 21.00

Kanava nuoriso ry | Kumpulantie 7, 00520 HELSINKI

The culminating night for Nordic Somali Week – Finland, will be a celebration of Somali art and music. The night will begin with Said Salah Ahmed speaking to the themes of the festival. Next we will Said Jama Hussein, who will present on his short stories. Following that, we will have Caasha Luul, reciting her poetry.

The night will end with a live performance by Ali Dhaanto, one of the most popular Dhaanto singers. Ali Dhaanto gained popularity in the Somali Ethiopian region but is now based in Europe. He will perform popular Somali cultural dances.

 

Nordic Somali Week Festival – Finland

 

Day 1- Thursday- 8 Dec

Finnish Board of Education

 

 

8.30-9:00 Tea and coffee/ reception
09.00-9.30 Opening remarks and welcome Ms. Terhi Seinä

Counsellor of Education

Finnish National Board of Education – FNBE

9.30-10.15 Session 1: Dr. Georgy Kapchits Somali Proverbs
10.15-10.30 Break
10.30-11.15 Session 2: Teaching in our way Dr. Jama Musse Jama
11.15-11.30 Break
11.30.-12.15 Session 3 Mohamed Hassan “Alto” Standardization of the Somali Written Language
12.30-1:30 Lunch: at the FNBE Restourant

 

 

 

 

14.15- 15.00 Opening Remarks Professor Alex Fleisch welcomes the team and opens the day;

 

Professor Emeritus Wolff on behalf of the University of Helsinki says a word about the language;

 

Dr. Jama Musse Jama – why this day in this festival and in Finland?

15.15-15.30 Handing Over to Maxamed C Xasan “Alto”
15.30-16.00 Session 1 Prof. Giorgio Banti
16.00-16.30 Session 2 Dr. Georgy Kapchits
16.30-16.45 Break
16.45-17.15 Session 3 Dr. Jama Musse Jama
17.15-17.45 Session 4 Official Opening of the Festival – Saeed Salah Ahmed

Nordic Somali Week Festival – Finland

Day 1- Thursday- 8 Dec

University of Helsinki

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Friday – Pasila Library

 

9.15-9.45 Opening Remarks Tiina Tarvonen, Riitta Hamalainen, Deek Gurhan welcome word. Jama Musse Jama, Somali Week
9.15-9.45 A reading society is a happy society Arte De heer
9.45-10.15 Soomalida Been Ma Maahmaahdo Dr. Kapchits
10.15-10.30 Break
10.30-11.30 Book Presentation: reading from Shufbeel Said Jama Hussein
12.00-14.00 Break – Lunch and Friday Prayer
14.00-15.00 Somali Finnish Artists Presentations- Open Mic presnentations Maxamed Axmed Cali “Goox”
15:00-15.15 Break
15:15-16.00 Artist session will continue

 

 

Day 2- Friday -evening session

16.00-16.30 Short story Reading and Talk with Said Salah Said Salah
16.30-17.00 Book Presentation: Feedh Qallocaan Cabdisalaan Hereri
17.00-18.00 Poetry Reading in Engish and Somali Caasha Luul and Clare Pollard

 

 

 

 

 

Nordic Somali Week Festival – Finland

Kanava nuoriso ry | Kumpulantie 7, 00520 HELSINKI

Day 3- Saturday evening

 

16.00-16.45 Book Presentation on Short stories Said Jama
16.45-17.15 Poetry Reading in Somali Caasha Luul
17.15-17.45 Break
17.45- 18.00 Concluding Remarks Said Salah
20.00-21.00 Live performance Ali Dhaanto

 

 


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