October 17, 2012 ·6 Comments
Kayd Somali Arts and Culture and partners would like to invite you to the launch of Somali Week Festival 2012 which will take place on Friday 19th October 2012, 6.00pm to 10.00pm at Oxford House, Bethnal Green.
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 delighted that the theme of this year’s festival, ‘courage’, will be introduced by a great playwright, educationalist and poet, Said Saleh and the festival will be launched by Hon Rushanara Ali, MP for Tower Hamlets.
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. We are inviting artists, writers, campaigners, investors and people from civil society, both Somali and non-Somali, from Somaliland and Somalia, North America as well as from the UK and other European countries, to share experiences and discuss the concepts of courage, tolerance, identity, peace and development.
We are honoured to welcome international guests, including Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame “Hadraawi”, Said Saleh Ahmed, Hussein Sheikh Ahmed ‘Kaddare’, Hassan Qawdhan, Musse Ali Faruur, Abdidhuh Yusuf, Giorgio Banti, Abdallah Mansuur, Mohamed Daahir Afrah, Evan Christopher, Iara Lee, Farah Gamuute, Ali Hasan ‘Banfas’, Abdilahi Awad, Ismail Abdi Ibrahim ‘Basbaas’, Roland Marchal and more.
At the launch, some of our visiting artists from abroad together with UK based poets, such as Muse Ali Faruur, Hassan Qawdhan, Abdidhuuh Yusuf and Abdillahi Bootaan will recite some of their poetry and the English translations will be provided by James Byrne, poet and editor of Wolf Poetry Magazine, and Clare Pollard, poet from Poetry Translation Centre.
The evening will conclude with a talk with Award winning poet and thinker, Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame ‘Hadraawi’.
For more information, please visit our website www.kayd.org
We look forward to welcoming you to Somali Week Festival 2012! The programme and tickets for all the events are now available, please click here:http://www.kayd.org/wp-