Bristol Somali Festival 2016: Identity & Heritage
Bristol Somali Festival 2016: Identity & Heritage

Bristol Somali Festival 2016: Identity & Heritage

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Launch of Bristol Somali Week,
26/10/2016, 5.00pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN

This evening event sees the launch of Bristol Somali Week Festival, bringing key figures in Bristol and some of the most renowned scholars in conversation with one another. The evening will explore the meaning of Soomaalinimo (Somaliness) or Somali Identity and the ways in which it has evolved historically since it first emerged in anti-colonial struggles in the 1940s. Speakers will investigate the multiple and contested political, cultural and social meanings of Soomaalinimo, and reflect on what it means today for the younger generations. 
Key note speaker: Prof Ali Jimale Ahmed chaired by Mohamed Ibrahim Shire
Guest speakers include:  Mayor Marvin Rees, Cllr Estella Ticknell, Deputy Mayor, Cabinet member for Arts & Culture, Sado Jirde, Director of BSWN, Abdul Ahmed, chair of Somali Forum followed with performance by local artist.
This event is by invitation only.

Screening of Broken Dreams
 – a documentary by Somali filmmaker Fathia Absiye

27/10/2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9JH

Broken Dreams, tells the story of a group of teenage Somali-American boys who left their families in Minneapolis to join Al – shabab in Somalia. The film explores the themes of identity, belonging & radicalization among young Somalis in the Diaspora. This will be followed by a panel discussion.
Chair: Dr. Marge Dresser
Panellists include: Fathia M Absie, Mona Kosar Abdi, Abdullahi Farah (Manager of Somali Resource Centre), and Young Somali Activists from Bristol.

Somali Literature and Poetry Evening in partnership with the Poetry Translation Centre
28/10/2016, 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9JH

Freedom of expression is fundamental to the flourishing of creativity and literacy. Historically, both in the UK and the Somali regions, individuals and groups have battled to protect this right from the encroaching power of the state, conservative groups, and economic and political powers. This event is the result of a newly established partnership between, the Poetry Translation Centre (PTC) and Somali Week Festival, and will showcase the literary work of Somali artists who have fought for their right to speak, write, think, and perform.

Nuruddin Farah & Abdisalam Hereri – Book launch and Panel Discussion (in English), 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Somali Poets - Reading and Panel Discussion (in Somali), 7.45pm - 9.30pm

Poet Dheeg will perform alongside poets and translators Bill Herbert, Mohamed Hassan Alto, Asha-Lul, Mohamad Yusuf, and Clare Pollard, who have been collaborating for years on translating poems from Somali into English. Other young British-based Somali poets will also showcase their work and engage in a discussion about the power of words, and the connections between literacy and freedom of expression. 
With local Artist Mohamed Haykal & Ismail Ubaxle.
Chair: Abdi Mohamed

Somali Heritage Exhibition Launch: Celebrate Somali Culture
29/10/2016, 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN

Celebrate Somali culture at our family fun day for everyone. Have a go at creating your own Somali name, take part in craft activities, enjoy stories with Zaynab Dahir, a dynamic Somali storyteller, and dress-up with sensational and lifestyle blogger Sagaleey. 

The Launch of Somali Heritage Exhibition, 1.00pm at M Shed
Produced in collaboration with M Shed and members of the Somali community, this new display explores the diverse experiences of Somalis living in Bristol today. Hear personal stories from Somalis and discover the rich heritage of one of the city’s fastest growing communities. Somali identity is a fascinating subject. Loyalty to clan, nation, region and religion all create a rich assortmnet of personal identities in a new land. From teenagers who were born in the city, to those who have adopted it as a palce of refuge, discover individual stories through striking photography and intimate oral accounts. Wheterher you're a Somali wanting to explore your own identity or you're simply interested in finding out more about Somali culture, there is much to discover

Guest speaker: Sagal Ibrahim Shire is a Somali fashion and lifestyle blogger based in the UK. Her talk will focus on what it means to be a young, female, Somali & Muslim in the UK  - can these sometimes-competing identities truly co-exist?

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