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Bristol Somali Festival 2017 Launch Event

  • M Shed Wapping Road Bristol, England, BS1 4RH United Kingdom (map)

The Bristol Somali Festival is a sister to the week-long Somali Festival in London that is curated by Ayan Mahamoud. This is year’s festival focuses on the concept on Identity, Belong and role of culture within the diaspora community. Thanks to the success of the last year’s Bristol Somali Festival, BSWN in partnership with M Shed and other partners are able to bring Somali Festival to Bristol once again for two days of discussion and activities aimed to celebrate the Somali community in Bristol. 

The festival will be launched on the evening of 27th October with an event hosted in partnership with M Shed. The Key note speaker for the evening will be the founder of the Somali Museum in Minnesota and the first Somali museum outside of Somalia, Osman Mohamed Ali, followed by a panel discussion that will be chaired by Dr Idil Osman, Senior Lecturer at SOAS. Other panellists include: Artan Mohamed, author, writer and cultural critic, Abira Hussein,Transforming Archive trainee, Zohar Kosar, Social worker and community activist, followed by poetry from renown Somali poet Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil Weedhsame translated by Martin Orwin from SOAS. With welcome from Laura Pye, Head of Culture, Bristol City Council.

About the speakers: 

Osman Mohamed Ali is a recognized cultural expert and Somali community leader, and has carried out research in Somali cultural history in Somalia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States for over 30 years. He is the founder and director of the Somali Museum in Minnesota.

Dr Idil Osman has worked for over 12 years as a national and international journalist for the BBC, the Guardian and the Voice of America, spending the majority of her career covering stories from the Horn of Africa. She has authored publications that focus on media, migration, development, conflicts in the Horn of Africa and diaspora communities in Europe.

Abira Hussein is a Transforming Archive trainee, led by the National Archive in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives. She is also undertaking a research residency with the British, and is completing an MRes in Clinical Research at Imperial College. Abira is als working on Healing Through Archives, a Somali digital archive project, exploring heritage, migration and health.

Mohammed Abdullah Artan is a writer, poet, and founder of Looh Press is a  small press with self funded publications.

Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil Weedhsame is widely regarded as one of the most promising young Somali poets of his generation. He now teaches the course on literature that Gaarriye once taught at the University of Hargeysa. In 2001 he won first prize in a poetry competition organised by the Academy for Peace and Development. To date, he has composed 67 poems and 40 songs, all of which have been widely broadcast via Somali media.

Martin Orwin has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, since 1992 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic. He has published many articles on Somali language and poetry, and has carried out research in the Horn of Africa. His translations of Somali poems have been published in Modern Poetry in Translation and elsewhere.

How to book: 

Please click the link below that will take you to our Eventbrite booking page: 

Eventbrite - BRISTOL SOMALI FESTIVAL 2017: Launch Event

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