Bristol Somali Festival

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Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN



The Bristol Somali Festival 2016, a cultural even celebrating everything about Somali identity, takes place at the end of October.

Because Bristol has an estimated 10-15,000 residents of Somali origin, a series of events has been set up to look at their identity and culture.

The launch event on October 26 features guest speakers Prof Ali Jamile Ahmed and Bristol mayor Marvin Rees

Deputy mayor and cabinet member for arts and culture Estella Ticknell, BSWN director Sado Jirdge and Abdul Ahmed, chairman of the Somali Forum, will also attend.

New heritage exhibition

On Saturday October 29 an exhibition of Somali Heritage will take place at Bristol’s M Shed Museum.

The day will feature lots of family fun, including having a go at creating your own Somali name.

People who attend can also take part in craft activities.

There will also be the chance to enjoy some tales from dynamic storyteller Zaynab Dahir.

A collaboration between the M Shed and local residents, this new exhibition will explore the community’s experiences in Bristol.

You will be able to hear personal stories, therefore finding out more about the rich heritage of this part of Bristol’s community.

In the African nation, loyalty to clan, nation  and region have created an assortment of identities.

Many of the community have been born in Bristol or come here as refugees.

Guest speaker Sagal Ibrahim Sire, fashion and lifestyle blogger, will talk about identity with a focus on young women.

You can discuss the festival on its Facebook page.

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