The Somali Festival Bristol aims to celebrate not only the cultural heritage of the Somalis but the community’s presence in the city too. The festival will be held at the City Academy Bristol on Friday, 30th October 2015 – from 12:00 to 21:00 hours.
The Somali Festival Bristol is a sister to the week-long Somali Festival in London that is curated by Kayd and will similarly focus on the concept of ‘spaces’, what they mean, and how they are used, for ‘Aqoon la’aani waa iftiin la’aan – The absence of knowledge is the absence of light’ and we wish to fill these spaces with light. Thus the event will present Somali artists and academics, including Anab Guled, AbdiRahman Barwaaqo, Professor Awo Abdi, Ibrahim Hersi Hurre and Suuban’s Somali play ‘Struggle’, as well as the Bristol-based author and Somali playwright Abdillahi Mohabe – please see the attached documents for full details of the festival programme.
Somali voters could make a great contribution to the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) vote in Bristol, which is anticipated to be key to the results of the elections in May. But the longer answer would entail an understanding of how the Somali vote can influence change.
Doorashada 2015ka iyo codka Soomaalida Bristol … Caqabadaha ugu waaweyn ee ay bulshadu aad u tilmaantay waxa ka mid ah shaqo la’aan, waxbarashada iyo tababarada, adeegyo caafimaad oo dhaqan ahaan baahidooda daboola, iyo cunsiriyad diimeed. Si kastaba ha ahaatee waxaad moodaa in dad badani ay imika fahmeen in sida ugu haboon ee arrimahooda wax looga qabankaraa ay tahay iyagoo sanduuqa codbixinta adeegsada oo codkooda isticmaala.
The UK government’s decision to ban the mild stimulant khat seems a poor choice. This decision, without doubt, is more political than rational. In any case, the likely outcomes are frightening.
The offices of a newspaper and community organisations serving Bristol’s Somali community have been devastated in what is thought to have been a racially-motivated arson attack.