Events day by day
Programme of the 2013 Hargeysa International Book Fair has been published. Read it online here or download the pdf file.
The kickstart event will be Friday, 16th August 9.00-11.00: Opening Ceremony of the 6th Hargeysa International Book Fair.
The Minister of Education will officially launch the Hargeysa International Book Fair following a musical performance by the Somali Youth Cultural Organisation. Hadraawi, renowned poet and writer, and playwright Said Salah Ahmed, along with other artists and intellectuals will subsequently introduce and debate this year’s theme of ‘Journey’. To further expand on the topic, Amina Milgo, Rashid Sh. Abdillahi and Prof. Suleiman Guleid will reflect on their own personal journeys. To conclude, Hamish Wilson will showcase the photos that he has accumulated throughout his journeys across Somaliland.
Discussants: Amina Milgo, Rashid Sh Abdillahi and Prof Suleiman Guleid
PROEXPOSURE Photography Training Sessions
The phenomenal rise of the digital camera and the popularity of the computer has profoundly shaped and transformed the art of photography in the last 10 years. This year Hargeysa International Book Fair has introduced a new two-day introductory photography training session prior to the opening of the book fair. Our guest photographer, Kate Stanworth, who is presenting an exhibition of photographs from the 2012 Somaliland local elections, will teach 8-12 prospective photographers. Kate works in association with PROEXPOSURE, an organisation that trains photographers across the world. Her sessions will encourage trainees to consider the potential uses of photography, to practice basic techniques to enhance their photographic skills, and to appreciate and evaluate the use of photography in news reporting, investigative journalism and storytelling. The course consists of the following modules:
Members of Readers Clubs Reading Together – Moving Library 2011 within HIBF2011
For the third year running Hargeysa International Book Fair will be dedicating three successive days for an introductory creative writing course. The roster will be small, so the organisers will employ first-come-first-serve policy. For many people, it may seem as a farfetched dream to talk about creative writing in Somali, when the language still lacks a standardised agreed-upon version to use. But, it is exactly that fact which prompted us to shoulder the burden of this mountainous and ambitious project. Among many others, there are three major factors which are instrumental to push this work forward and encouraged those who are involved: the way in which Somalis everywhere embraced their language; the growing number of youth who have shown strong propensity for engaging in such fields as journalism, and fiction writing like the short story, the script writing, and even whole novel; and perhaps most important of all is the enthusiasm, excitement and dedication shown by those who’ve participated the two previous sessions.
HIBF2013 – Theme: Journey
Redsea-Online Cultural Foundation and its partners are delighted to invite you to the sixth Hargeisa International Book Fair (HIBF) taking place from the 16th to the 21st of August 2013 in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Hargeisa International Book Fair has grown exponentially over the past six years, both in size and significance. It not only represents the main platform for the arts in Somaliland, but it is now one of the largest public celebrations of literature in East Africa.