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Welcome back Somali Week Festival!

Today, 17th of October, Oxford House welcomes a new edition of the Somali Week Festival.

At 6pm the Ambassador Neil Wigan will officially launch the 2014 Somali
Week Festival alongside Rushanara Ali, MP. The theme of the year will be introduced by Sheikh Mahamud Sheikh Dalmar, a revered scholar of Islamic studies, history and civilization, who will talk about the role of the imagination in scholarly work and everyday life.

Drawing inspiration from their artistic, academic, and activist work, Dr. Hussein Abdilahi Bulhan, Bashir Goth and Sahro Koshin will also collectively reflect on the theme of the year in relation to their own work, personal and collective struggles and future hopes and aspirations.

Following the opening, Ambassador Neil Wigan will deliver a presentation about the hopes, aspirations and challenges facing the Somali region, and discuss the UK’s involvement in Somalia, Somaliland and the wider Somali territories.

The event will close with performances by Shay Mire Dacar, a renowned lute player and vocalist, Hudeydi, the King of Lute and Nadifa Mohamed.

To discover what the Festival will bring on following days, download the full programme here.

Events
Oxford House as the Focal Point of Bethnal Green Eavesdropping On the Interview - with Juliet Fraser Open House in Tower Hamlets Vietnamese Londoners at Oh! Gallery Sagacity! – An Old Saga A Certain Kind of Interview with Juliet Fraser Bethnal Green’s own Charles Dickens Have a drink and even join in with the songs! Ode to nature exhibition Carpentry Club - What Wood you like to know? 50° North (300 miles North-East to Oxford House) Paintings of the East End in different decades Let no meadow escape our riot Art as an escape medium Artist Critique – Sheree Naqvi An interview with Jonathan Chater Feminism in London 100 years since Charles Booth. An interview with Keith Greenough EURO 2016 – diversity embodied Messages of welcome - Celebrating Refugee Week 2016 Chelsea Fringe Festival comes into bloom at Oxford House Now open Artists call out- Chelsea Fringe An interview with Martin Dvořák An Interaction of Opposites Tom is back! Part 3 Tom is back! Part 2 Tom is back! Part 1 Wild, loud and untamed Open Garden Squares Weekend Postcard Garden Competition Fourth and final Jazzing it Up EAST2 Launch A Month of Jazz ''All kinds of languages'' Some Time Alone in a Spacecraft... part 3 Some Time Alone in a Spacecraft... part 2 Some Time Alone in a Spacecraft... part 1 Oh! Presents Thinking about the ‘Rights of Passage’ VIA: Call-Out for all artists! 'Of People and Places' - Photography Exhibition Following in Egypt’s Footsteps 2014 in 5 minutes! 2014 Highlights: Reflecting on gender roles with Cristina Cuevas The Insiders' Guide to Bethnal Green 2015: a free community journalism course Be part of our programme 2015! Welcome back Somali Week Festival! 4th October - Fun, Art and Science! Oxford House is a Fun Palace! Don’t make plans for Friday! The Knowledge Arts Festival is also for kids! Hackney Empire Show – Anna Fiorentini Summer Schools The Pitch - Deadline extended Venue Hire Summer Offer The knowledge festival is here again! 130th Anniversay of Oxford House
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