(Medeshi)-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 Somali language and later joined the official Somali Language Committee.