Looking Forward, Looking Back: Somali Week Festival Launch

credit Charlotte Maxwell

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Performance and discussion to launch the 10th Somali Week Festival

Join us for the launch of the 10th Somali Week Festival, an evening of lively conversation, music and performance celebrating the best of Somali arts and culture. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will be opening the event.

Harun Maruf, Senior Editor in Voice of America’s Somali Service and Mohamed Adow, senior Al Jazeera journalist will be in conversation as they explore the major changes and developments in the Horn over the last decade and what these changes mean for the next generation of Somalis. 

Up and coming London Poet Sagal Gabay will do a reading and the evening concludes with a traditional lively dance show by the Somali dance group Qooran.

Prior to the launch, there is an opportunity to experience Nomad, a new mixed reality project by Abira Hussein and Mnemoscene that invites you to explore Somali cultural heritage and tradition in a uniquely immersive way. Wearing the HoloLens headset you can experience holographic Somali artefacts in the context from which they came. The project launches in full during Somali Week Festival at the British Museum on 21 October at 14.00 in the Clore Education Centre

Taking place over 10 days, the festival will feature events in Somali and English and creates points of access for Somalis, and a growing number of non-Somalis, to engage in the festival activities: performances, workshops in dance, translating poetry and digitising heritage artefacts, lectures, discussions and debates. This year’s festival theme ‘Looking forward, looking back’ explores connections to the future and the past, across generations and between homeland and host country.

Please join us at 18.00 for a pre-event reception with drinks and nibbles in the Knowledge Centre Bar.

In partnership with Kayd Somali Arts and Culture

Image by Charlotte Maxwell


Name: Looking Forward, Looking Back: Somali Week Festival Launch
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £8.00
Member: £8.00
Senior 60+: £6.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Under 18: £5.00
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