The theme of SPACES
The HIBF has established a reputation as a major site of debate and inspiration to support social reconstruction. This year, the
HIBF will adopt the theme of “spaces”.
Spaces, spaces and spaces
Spaces around us, physical space, spiritual space, cultural space, political space, social space, personal space, space within
the community, space within the family, space within different sectors of the society. Participants will be provoked to learn to
allow themselves to acquire their own space, and not to infringe the space of others. The lack of space causes in humans, a
poverty of thought, of well-being, of personal development. People need space to grow, to think, nurse and nurture their soul.
The concept of space helps us to examine a traditional Somali society as a nomadic community living in a vast almost infinite
physical space, defined by an ultimate feeling of freedom and a lack of physical constraints with regard to mobility. But when
this community suddenly moves into an urban environment, it finds that traditional notions of space take on new meanings and
raise new questions. How does this new urban experience impact on traditional ways of expression and communication? How
can we as a society adjust to these new urban spaces? Does moving from rural into urban spaces constrict our sense of spiritual
It is our hope that participants of the HIBF 2015 will be provoked to think about the nature of space and all its various implications for Somaliland society.
Check the following panels: "Theme of the year", WoW's "Whose Somaliland is?".
Download the magazine of the HIBF2015: PDF