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BRISTOL SOMALI FESTIVAL 2017: Launch Event

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The Bristol Somali Festival is a sister to the week-long Somali Festival in London that is curated by Ayan Mahamoud. This year’s festival focuses on the concept of Identity, Belonging and the 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, Zahra 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.

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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, and is completing an MRes in Clinical Research at Imperial College. Abira is also working on Healing Through Archives, a Somali digital archive project exploring heritage, migration and health.

Zahra Kosar is a Social worker, employed by Bristol City Council’s social services department since 2013. She also worked and volunteered for both national and international organisations including Turning Point and the British Red Cross. She is currently the Chair of Trustees for Bristol Somali Resource Centre.

Mohammed Abdullah Artan is a writer, poet, and founder of Looh Press, 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.


BRISTOL SOMALI FESTIVAL DAY 2

Bristol Somali Festival Family Day
Saturday, 28th October 2017, 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
M Shed, Wapping Road, Bristol, England, BS1 4RH

The second day of the festival will take place on Saturday the 28th October in the form of a large family day, an opportunity for families with young children to participate and enjoy being surrounded by Somali culture. There will be several attractions organised, including a fabric and craft store, craft tables, Somali kitchen for an experiences of blending spices, and an exhibition of Somali cultural artefacts. For those who missed the last year’s festival and the launch of an exhibition featuring stories of members from the Somali community need not fear. The exhibition will still be present at the MShed on this day for visitors to explore!

This event is free to attend and requires no booking, only for you and your family to visit the M Shed for fun-filled time on the date!


Bristol Somalis Talk Frankly Across the Generations
Saturday, 28th October 2017, 4.00 - 5.30 pm
Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, England, BS5 0AX

As part of the Bristol Somali Festival 2017 and its themes, local Somali actors will bring together the stories previously gathered in 4 separate workshops throughout August and September 2017. There, Bristol Somali mothers, fathers, sons and daughters each had their own space to talk about the pressures they’ve faced adjusting to life in Britain and what they would really like to discuss with other family members. These workshops were organised by Journey to Justice in partnership with Bristol Somali Centre. The event will provide a poignant end to this year’s Bristol Somali Festival.

This event is free and a buffet will be provided. For more information about the event and how to book a space, please contact Abdullahi Farah on afarah@somalicentre.co.uk , or Dr. Madge Dresser on madgejdresser@gmail.com.

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