27 October 2017

Somali festival launch

Thanks to the success of the last year’s event, the Somali festival is returning to Bristol for two days of discussion and activities to celebrate the Somali community in Bristol.

The festival will be launched by keynote speaker Osman Mohamed Ali – the founder of the Somali Museum in Minnesota and the first Somali museum outside of Somalia.

This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr Idil Osman, Senior Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Other panelists include:

  • Artan Mohamed, author, writer and cultural critic
  • Nadifa Mohammed, artist, academic and activist
  • Zohar Kosar, social worker and community activist
  • Poetry from renowned Somali poet Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil Weedhsame translated by Martin Orwin from SOAS.

The Bristol Somali Festival is a sister to the week-long Somali Festival in London.

This year’s festival focuses on the concept of Identity, belonging and the role of culture within the diaspora community.

Part of Black History Month.

M Shed would like to thank Black History Month sponsors, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.