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Somali Week Festival: Un-Belonging and In-Between with Osman Ali, Abira Hus...

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On this evening, Kayd is delighted to look back into where the Somali migration started and discuss the importance of archiving the historical and traditional Somali artifacts. This talk features a range of phenomenal speakers and artists including Osman Ali, Zainab Aligaas, Abira Hussein, and Jenny Altschuler. Osman Ali is the founder and the executive director of the Somali Museum of Minnesota. He is a life-long collector of traditional artefacts and in fact, he is the owner of most of the pieces in the Somali Museum of Minnesota. Zainab Aligaas is the co-founder of ‘Hayaat Women’s Trust’ and she worked as a social worker in local government for a period of 22 years. She is born to immigrant parents that came to live in Cardiff in 1940 and she spent her childhood and adult life living in Wales. Abira Hussein is a Transforming Archive trainee, led by the National Archive in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives. She also currently undertaking a research residency with the British Library exploring their digitized collections, and she is working on Healing Through Archives, a Somali digital archive project, exploring heritage, migration, and health. Jenny Altschuler is a clinical psychologist and Family Psychotherapist with experience in working with families facing life threatening illness, migrants in the UK and elsewhere, including in Kosovo and the refugee camps in northern Greece. On the next part of this evening, we bring you Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, and two amazing UK based poets Hamdi Khalif and Elmi Ali. Shirin is the author of Far from Mogadishu and Lontano da Mogadiscio which is considered a milestone of Italian postcolonial literature and describes her experience of migration to Italy and the effects of Italian colonialism in her native country. Hamdi is a poet and a writer and she is a member of Bards without Borders. She has read her work in several venues including the Southbank center, the British Museum, and Rich Mix London. Elmi Ali is a poet, short –fiction and drama writer and his work have appeared in Poetry Review and Scarf Magazine of which he is an Associate Editor. The evening will be concluded with Dur-Dur Band, one of the most treasured music bands from Mogadishu who were formed in the 80s.



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