Somali Week Festival

Somali Week Festival 2015 – Spaces!

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2015. This year’s festival will run from October 23rd and November 1st  in several London venues including at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG

Programme and other details, coming soon!


Previouse year: 2014

Somali Week Festival 2014 – imagination!

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

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.

Read the updated programme


Previouse year: 2013

Jama Musse Jama, Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame "Hadraaw", Bill HerbertSomali Week Festival 2003

Download from here the Programme of Events: Somali Week Festival 2013

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2013. This year’s festival will run from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG.

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.

Somali Week Festival 2013: Journey
This year’s SWF is centred on the theme of ‘Journey’. The festival will provide a platform from which artists and intellectuals will explore the impact of movement, migration and exile on Somali arts and culture. We will invite writers, poets, scholars, and musicians of Somali heritage, and scholars who work with Somalis to share their experiences and discuss a broad range of concepts including exile, alienation, adventure, exploration, personal and collective change, identity, rights, and tolerance and coexistence with people from different cultural backgrounds. These artists and thinkers will explore the influences of migration and travel on peoples’ everyday realities, both in the diaspora and in the Horn of Africa.

International and UK Guests
In 2013, we are delighted to welcome international guests, including Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame “Hadraawi” , Said Salah Ahmed, Dr Mahamed Daahir Afrah, Hassan Ganey, Abdi Latif Ega, Hibo-Nuura Mohamed, Basher Goth, Dr. Abdirashid Mohamed Ismail, Amina-Milgo Mahamoud, Dr Markus V. Hoehne, Faarax Cali “Gaamuute”, Cabdalle Osman “Shafey”, Mahamed Hirsi (Abdibashir), Muse Dalmar and more …
These guests will be sharing a platform and collaborating with guests from the UK such as Hudaydi, Nimco Yasin, Abdi Omar , W. N. Herbert, Aar Maanta, Nimco Degan, Mohamed Hassan Alto, Abdikariim Raas, Said Jama, Dr Laura Hammond, Dr Martin Orwin, Matt Baugh, Mary Harper, Sheikh Mahamoud Sheikh Dalmar, Hamish Wilson, Dr Anita Adam, Martin Hill, Siham Riyale, Nadifa Mohamed, Dr Anna Lindley, Saynab Mohamud, Khadra Elmi , Kaltun Bacado, Abdirahman Xananteeye, Fahmi Kastello, Abdi Fataah Yare, Prince Abdi, Ali Goolyad, Rashiid Sheekh Cabdillaahi “Gadhwayne”, Said Ali Shire, Zaynab Daahir, Cabdiraxmaan Abtidoon, Hussein Nur , Jawaahir Faarax, Jahaan, Jawaahir Daahir and Idil osman and more.
Iftin Band reunion: Said Salah, Ahmed, Khalif osman Abdi, Bashir Ali Hussein- Salah Ahmed( Salah Xariiri), Maryan Sheikh Ali ( Maryan Janbaluul) and Aisha Kahiye Guled

We would like to thank all our guests in anticipation of the festival and extend our warmest welcome to regulars and new-comers alike!

If you would like further information about Somali Week Festival, tickets, book a stall or/and volunteer, please email us info @kayd.org or call 07903712949. Visit our website for updates on the program and follow us on twitter: twitter.com/somaliweekfest

Previouse Year: Somali Week Festival 2012: 19-28 October

Download from here the Programme of Events: Somali Week Festival 2012

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2012. This year’s festival will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th October in 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, music and theatre. Through 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: Courage
Somali Week Festival 2012 will focus on the theme of ‘COURAGE’.
Our understanding of ‘courage’ is not one of gun-toting aggression, but a belief in peace and tolerance as essential principles; about dreaming the seemingly impossible, challenging the status quo in the name of collaboration and fruitful coexistence. In that sense it emphasises empathy, tolerance and personal integrity in a context of uncertainty. The acceptance that this kind of courage must necessarily exist without the security of knowing that ‘everything will be all right in the end’ is paramount. Tolerance and empathy in the certain knowledge of a positive outcome do not require courage.
We are inviting artists, writers, campaigners, investors and people from civil society, both Somali and non-Somali, from Somaliland and Somalia, as well as from the UK and other European countries and the USA, to share experiences and discuss this conception of courage, tolerance, identity, peace and development.
The aim of Somali Week Festival is to share experiences, showcase artistic excellence and to link Somalis in the Horn of Africa with those in the diaspora as well as with interested non-Somalis.
In 2012, we are delighted to welcome international guests, including Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame “Hadraawi”, Said Saleh Ahmed, Hussein Sheikh Ahmed ‘Kaddare’ Hassan Qawdhan, Musse Ali Faruur, Abdidhuh Yusuf, Faysal Omar Mushteeg, Giorgio Banti, Cabdalla Mansuur, Mohamed Daahir Afrah, Evan Christopher, Iara Lee, Farah Gamuute, Ali Hasan ‘Banfas’, Abdilahi Awad, Ismail Abdi Ibrahim ‘Basbaas’ and Roland Marchal.
Finally, we will be also be celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the written Somali language and we are very pleased to welcome Kaddare, from Mogadishu, Somalia. Kaddare was one of the prominent promoters of written Somali language and a permanent member of the official Somali Language Committee.
Somali Week Festival is a platform to promote tolerance and gives people a place to exchange different ideas and to experience the richness of Somali history and culture and interactions with non-Somali art-forms. Translation of world literature remains a vitally important component in that cultural exchange, and this year we are translating short stories by Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. We will be working on this with other British organisations which share our values, including the Index on Censorship, the Poetry Translation Centre, and the Royal African Society, as well as local Somali and Somaliland organisations and students.


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