July 11, 2012 ·31 Comments
The Red Sea Cultural Foundation and its partners are pleased to announce that the Fifth Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) will take place between 13th and 18th July 2012.
Friday 13th July
.Day to Day schedule
9.00 – 10.45: opening ceremony 5th Hargeysa International Book Fair
Opening of the ceremony: youth from SOCSA will sing the Somaliland national anthem and “Waddinugu waa”.
Officially launch of the festival by Somaliland Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Cali Sayid Ragal. World renowned poet Mahamed Ibrahim Warsame (Haadrawi) will provide introductory remarks on the festival theme, “visualising the future” followed by a panel discussion with Sheikh Mahamuud Sh Dalmar,, Saleeban Guleed, Amina-Milgo. Ridwan Osman and representatives from the Unnuga Waddaniyada.
Opening session chair: Jama Musa Jama
11.00-11.30: Jazz musician Evans Christopher jams with the King of Lute Hudaydi, Faysal Omar Mustheeg and Shay Mire Dacar
Award winning New Orleans jazz musician Evans Christopher will close the opening ceremony playing individual sets of exciting contemporary jazz and collaborate with the Somali king of Lute Hudaydi and pioneer of Qaraami music Faysal Omar Mushteeg, Shaymire Dacar.
11.30 – 12.30 Book Fair opens
Visitors will have a chance to browse the book stalls, acquire new items andvisiting authors will be available for book signing and informal meetings with the audience.
19.00- 21.30: future investment in Somaliland (Ambassador Hotel)
The Minister of National Planning & Development, Dr. Saad Ali Shire, will speak about the current business climate in Somaliland, his plans to improve the political and legal structures in Somaliland to encourage regional and foreign business investment in the future. The Minister will be joined by a panel of national and international investors.
Chair: Mahammed Cismaan Fadal
Saturday 14th July
9:00 -10:30: Nadifa Mahamed shares her experiences as a writer
Author of the international acclaimed novel “Black Mamba Boy”, Nadifa Mahamed has been hailed as one of the most promising Somali authors of her generation. She will share her experience as a writer and read extracts from her new novel.
Facilitator: Dr Laura Hammond
10.30-10.50: Break for book signing and informal meetings with the guest author.
10.50 – 16.40: Recently and forthcoming publications
10.50-11.30: Book Launch “Gorforkii Yimi” by Ahmed Ismaacil Yusuf
This is a collection of short stories written prior to the Somali civil war and captures everyday issues of love, despair, hunger, anger, ambition and fear.
Chair: Cabdiraxmaan C Barwaqo
Iswaydaarsi Series, Volume 2
This panel will present the latest books in the series of titles called “Iswaydaarsi/ Exchange” published by Ponte Invisibile. which intend to provide specific knowledge of international classical literature. Particular attention will be given to the recently published second volume “Essays in Honour of Muuse Ismaaciil Galaal” edited by Jama Musse Jama. ￼
15.30-16.40: Recently published series, Iswaydaarsi 3
This panel will launch short stories by Anton Chekov translated into Somali by Siciid Jaamac Xuseen with contributions by Mohamed Alto and Rashiid Sh. Abdillaahi.
Other books presented include: “Jacayl waayo badanaa” by Maxamed Cabdilqaadir Colhaye; “Culuunta Suuganta” by Siciid Maxamuud Gahayr; “Educational materials for schools: English” Cabdicasiis Maxamed Yoonis “Ansaari”; “Educational materials for schools: Somali” Naasir Dheeg Ciise.
Chair: Muuse Dalmar
16.45 – 18.10: Share your talent! Young People’s Perspectives
This panel provides an opportunity for emerging artists and poets to present their work alongside more established writers. It also aims to re-introduce Somali poetry to the younger generation for the purposes of cultural preservation. Participants include: Mawliid Maxamed Odowaa, Yaxye Yeebaash, Yaasmiin M Kahin, Hibaaq Bubal,Hooda-ayaan Suldaan, Nafiisa Xaaji Ciise Yuusuf, Axmed Cabdillaahi Cabdi, Cabdillaahi Xassan Cabdillaahi (Baxraawi), Kayse Maxamed Xuseen, Axmed Maxamed Badeed, Cabdishakur Maxamed Xuseen, Yaasiin Yuusuf Magan, Cabdi Gaydh, Caato, Maxamed Ibraahim Axmed, Cabdinuur Cawil Xaashi, Cali Dhanaaniye, Najib and more.
Chair: Axmed Muxumed Madar
19:00-20:30: Where in the past Somali studies was a niche research field primarily dominated by the works of distinguished scholars such as Prof I M Lewis the last few decades following the collapse of Somali state, it has attracted a much diverse body of research. The Somali people both in the homeland and diaspora have become popular subjects of academic and policy focused research in disciplines as diverse geopgraphy, security studies, international relations, archeology and liguistics,. An important feature of this development has been the contribution made by researchers of Somali descent, especially the new generation of researcher who live and have studied in the diaspora. This session will explore how the proliferation of research into the Somali people and the Somali territories by researchers of Somali descent influenced this growing body of literature and what do researchers of Somali origin add to the field of Somali studies?
Discussants: Dr Laura Hammond, Hussain Samatar and Dr Sada Mire.
Chair: Dr Michael Walls
20.30-21.30: When the clarinet and lute player meet: Evans Christopher and Hudaydi
The New Orleans jazz musician will feature together with the Somali King of the lute Hudaydi. Evan will be joined on stage by singer Sahra Ilays and Caabi Mirre Dacar.
￼Sunday 15th July
9.00–10.30: Keynote Speech: the future of our environment by Amina-Milgo Mahamud
Amina Milgo’s presentation on “The State of the Environment and Climate Change” will focus on practical ways of facilitating community’s involvement in the ownership and management of natural resources.
Respondents: Sadia Muuse, Axmed Elmi, Ahmed Gaheyr
Chair: Axmed Ibrahim Awale
10.30 – 11.20: Helen Conford & the world of International Publishing
How can local writers gain an international audience? Publishing director at Penguin Publishers, Helen Conford, will give us the opportunity to get acquainted with the most important steps in international publishing.
Chair: Axmed Ismaaciil Yuusuf
11.20–11.50: ‘The Poetry and Life History of Timacadde: 1920-1973′: Bobe Yusuf Duale
This volume introduces the work of the esteemed and beloved Abdillahi Suldan (Timacadde). Bobe Yusuf Du’ale will discuss and recite poetry from this major anthology.
11.50-12.20: Politics from afar by Dr Laura Hammond
Dr Laura Hammond will be presenting her new book.
15.30-16.30: New books presented
Young people from local communities will have the opportunity to read selections from featured books and meet with authors. This session will also launch books by recently published diaspora Somali authors, such as Naciima Faysal Maxamuud, Axmed Ismaaciil Maxamed,Mustapha Adan Nuur, Maxamed Xirsi Guuleed (Abdibashir), Yaxye Yeebaash Marwan Magan, Maxamed Cumar Jibril, Cali Dhaaniye
Chair: Cabdirahmaan Sheikh Ismaaciil Musaabaqo
17.00–17.40: Getting Somalia Wrong by Mary Harper
Mary Harper’s new book is a critical account of how and why Somalia reached its present situation of state collapse. This hard hitting book argues that although Somalia may not function in the conventional sense the situation is far from being failed.
Chair: Sucaad Carmiye
18.30-19.10: Keynote speech on youth and citizenship in Somaliland by Ridwan Osman
Former teacher at Amoud University and PhD candidate at Cambridge University, Ridwan Osman will present a paper on the “discourses of citizenship in Somaliland: implications for the future.” A panel will follow with representatives of youth organizations, Somaliland Patriotism Cell and regional readers clubs.
Chair: Khadar Cabdiraxmaan Cabdillaahi
19.30-21.30: Documentary screening – The Culture of Resistance by Director Iara Lee
HIBF is delighted to present Iara Lee’s documentary “The Culture of Resistance”. Travelling over five continents, she will tell us the story of a numbers of people she encountered who committed their lives to promoting social change. An absolute must see!
Monday 16 July
09.00-10.30: Soomaali been ma maahmaahdo by George Kapchits
Today’s session starts with Dr. George Kapchits’ discussion of his new book “Soomaali been ma maahmaahdo”/”Somalis do not lie in proverbs”. The first part of his book analyses 249 of the most popular Somali proverbs with a translation in English.
Chair: Cabdalle Xaaji
10.30–11.30: Siciid Salaax and popular poetry
Winner in 2005 of the Virginia McKnight Binger award for Human Service, and author of the song ‘Midwife’, playwriter, poet and teacher, Said Salah will recite some of his most popular poetry, giving us a moment of great emotion.
Chair: Zainab Dahir
11.30 – 12.30 Book signing
15.30-16.30: Book display, readings and signings
This literature session, chaired by Sharmarke Geelle is conceived for young readers who will have the opportunity to read selections from featured books and meet with authors including “The Lion & The Squirrel” by Zainab Dahir, “Goorad Koriye” by Musa Dalmar, Axmed Diriye “Toorno” and “Maanso ruugyadii qarnigii 19aad iyo milicsiga xogihii ku duugna” by Farhan M Hidig.
16.30–18.00: Maxamuud Sheekh Dalmar – Professionalism in Somaliland media
BBC journalist Maxamuud Sh Dalmar will speak on the importance of representation, language use and professionalism within journalistic practices in Somaliland.
A panel will then host a Darandoorri (reading together) session with representatives of the regional readers clubs.
Chair: Jama Musa Jama
19.30–21.00: Women’s Evening in collaboration with Nagaad
This evening will highlight and celebrate the artistic talent of women. Female poets will be invited to recite their poetry and there will also be a discussing the challenges and opportunities for women role in Somaliland.
A discussion on the future of the rule of law in Somaliland will follow.
Speakers include: Sucaad Abdi (Progressio) Hodal Elmi and more.
Chair: Ayaan Maxamuud Maxamed
Tuesday 17 July
9.00-11.00: Science, technology and development with particular focus on ICTD
With the motto “Science for Sustainable Development in Somaliland’, this panel will concentrate on ICT for Development with a particular focus on in-house software production.
Representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education as well as Somaliland’s universities and higher education institutions will be present.
Facilitator: Cismaan Warsama
11.00-12.00: Hussein A Bulhan’s new book
“Losing the Art of Survival and Dignity. Somali Transition from self-reliance and self-esteem to dependence and dhame” is the title of Dr. Bulhan’s latest book. Dr Bulhan will also discuss his other book “In-between three civilizations. archaeology of forgotten experience and the triple heritage of Somalis”.
Chair: Maxamed Faarax
15.30-16.45: New books presentations: Barkhad Maxamed Kaariye, Maxamuud J. Axmed and Sayid Axmed
This slot is dedicated to locally published books. Local authors will share their experiences of writing and publishing in Somaliland with authors who have published abroad.
16.45 – 18.30: Djibouti Arts: Abdalla Haaji and Idiris Muusa Ahmed
The afternoon session is intended to represent and introduce the audience to the varied and exciting art, culture and literature from Djibouti. Authors from Djibouti have been invited to present and share the artistic and cultural production of their home country including the guests of honour from Djibouti Cabdalle Xaaji, author of Xeer Cisse and Idiris Muuse Axmed, the manager of the institution of Culture of the Djibouti Ministry of Culture.
Chair: Axmed Aw Geeddi
19.30 – 20.30: Sheeko iyo Shaahid Competition
This competition is intended to inspire the youth to participate in critical thinking, composing, storytelling by preserving and participating in Somali culture and arts. Participants are expected to present original short stories and the winners will receive a literary award. The new volume “Calafboob”, containes the winning stories of the 2011 competition and 2011 winners will be given an award by writer Nadifa Maxamuud.
Chair: Cabdillahi Cawad Cige
20.30-21.00: Sooyaal – Somali culture, history, language and wisdom
Muuse Cali Faruur, Axmed Shiikh Jama, Xasan Ganey, Xasan Gawdhan, Basbaas, Banfas and many more will discuss with the public ways to preserve the rich Somali culture for future generations. A video clip will be shown on the connections between the Somali language and Egypt.
Chair: Xasan Maxamed Yuusuf
Wednesday 18 July
9.00 – 11.00: Readers Club Presentation
This session will feature a presentation on the role of the readers clubs in Somaliland based on this year’s theme. Eight different readers clubs from across the country will be allocated 20-minute slots to present their work.
Chair: Ridwan M Osman
12.00–13.30: Book Display, Traditional Board Games and their role for pedagogy: Shax
Authors who have published in the past two years will present their work and will be available to meet the audience. This session will also organise the first Somaliland Shax Game tournament, the most popular Somali game, and will award the title of Shax Player of the Year. Facilitators: Hoodo-Ayaan, Abdirahim Adan Buni, Mustafe, Fatxi Musse Adan and Shaqalle.
15.30 – 16.30: HIBF for juniors: The Somaliland Circus
Hargeysa International Book Fair in collaboration with Havoyoco presents the Somaliland Circus. This is an entertaining event for the large cohort of future readers and writers. Axmed Aw Geeddi and Xasan Cabdi Madar’s children’s book “Riyaaq” will be read by the Somaliland Circus Group.
16.30 – 17.30: Summing Up and Conclusions – The Way Forward
HIBF concludes the six-day program of events with a summary of the main points from the various panels and lectures followed by a discussion on the theme and plans for 2013.
19.30 – 21.00: Closing Gala (by invitation)
Moving Library 2011 Tour
The closing session introduces a short documentary screening of the inaugural Moving Library tour of 2011 and the grass roots campaign to press local authorities to open public libraries.
“Visualizing the Future”, a play by Abdirahman Yusuf Arten
This theatrical performance scrutinizes important hallmarks in the past and present of Somali culture, religion and history. It highlights events that stand out in the social, political and cultural life of the nation. The sketch weaves together traditional folk songs and dances emanating from the ancient past with recent events, including the country’s democratization processes and the building of modern institutions.
By goth Mohamed