The South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts(SAMOSA) Festival is on: 15th – 22nd Nov,2008

The South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts (SAMOSA) Festival which was first organized at the GoDown in 2005, is a cultural tool conceptualized by AWAAZ. It has showcased the South Asian community within East Africa through a series of exhibitions, discussion forums, concerts and dance performances. The vision is to make the SAMOSA Festival, with its emphasis on cultural fusion, become an item on the world cultural calendar, to be mentioned in the same breath as the Zanzibar International Film Festival, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Previous festivals have successfully focused on aspects of the past. This year’s SAMOSA theme is “Celebrating Daily Life”. It will allow the organizers to highlight what is joyous and beautiful in the day to day interactions of each and every one of us.
Among the activities lined up during the festival which will run from 15th to 22nd November will be FAFA – Showcasing Fashion with an Afro-Asian Fusion Flair,
Photography Exhibition, Concerts, The Spirit of Dance, Performances – both Poetry and Musical, Film Screenings, Discussion Forums, Crafty Activities for Children(see full program below)

Some of the notable Poets who will be gracing the SAMOSA Festival will be Shane Solanki and Yusra Warsama

Shane Solanki is a London-based spoken word artist of East African Indian origin, whose accessible and contemporary poetry embraces music, comedy and theatre. His music has been produced by Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh, and his distinctive style of writing helped form the brand identity of renowned record label Ninja Tune. His first short film was directed by “the Full Monty” director Peter Cattaneo. In 2006 he formed his company, ‘the D’Archetypes’, a multimedia theatre ensemble, which toured India as representatives of the British Council. Recent performances include a UK tour with Don Lett’s ‘Speakers Corner’ (a show which examined the concept of slavery in 2007’s multi-cultural generation), and a collaborative performance with acclaimed contemporary Ghanaian choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie written specifically for the launch of the London arts centre Richmix. Shane writes and performs for the band ‘Last Mango in Paris’, whose debut album will be released in autumn 2008.

Yusra Warsama is a performance poet and actor, born in the United Arab Emirates to her Somali nomadic mother and city-dwelling Father. She started writing aged six and found a way of expressing, and articulating the world around her. Whilst studying and writing 3,000 word poems and thoughts instead of criminological essays, Yusra came to the Contact theatre to explore her acting and realised she had a fire for performance poetry. Since then she has acted and co-written several theatre shows around the country (‘The Bolt Hole’ – Birmingham Repertory Theatre 2006, ‘The Girl Who Lost Her Smile’- York Theatre Royal 2006) and worked with Apples & Snakes on the Exposed tour. Recently Yusra has taken part in Contact Young Writers in Residence and Don Lett’s ‘Speakers Corner’.

Full SAMOSA Festival Program

Sat, November 15th
All Day Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition Nairobi Musuem
Sunday, November 16th
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition Nairobi Museum
6pm – 8pm “Oceans Apart” – Theater Nairobi Muesum- 500/=
Monday, November 17th
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition-Nairobi Museum
1:30 – 3:30pm -Children’s activities -Braeburn
7:00 – 9:00pm- Movie Night – Traffic Signal -Nairobi Museum- free
Tuesday, November 18th
All Day- Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
1:30 – 3:30pm Children’s activities -Braeburn
5:00 – 7:00pm Discussion Panel: Triple Heritage Nairobi Museum -free
Wednesday, November 19th
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition Nairobi Museum
1:30 – 3:30pm Children’s activities Braeburn
6:30 – 9:00pm Evening Entrepreneurs Cocktail Nairobi- Museum- Invitation
Thursday, November 20th
All Day- Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
Friday, November 21st
All Day- Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
1:30 – 3:30pm Children’s activities -Braeburn
Saturday, November 22nd
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
8:30pm on… Kachumbari fusion jazz concert, DJ Gups -Acapulco -300/=
Sunday, November 23rd
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition Nairobi Museum
5:30 – 7:30pm -Movie Night – Mo and Me- Nairobi Museum -free
Monday, November 24th
All Day- Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition Nairobi Museum
Tuesday, November 25th
All Day Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition Nairobi Museum
3:00 – 5:00pm “Chotara and Proud” – Panel Discussion Nairobi University free
Wednesday, November 26th
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
8:00pm -Dinner for three with Shane Solanki (Buffet) -Aanghan Restaurant -2000/=
Thursday, November 27th
All Day Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
8:00pm -Slam Poetry with Shane Solanki -Daas Restaurant -200/=
Friday, November 28th
All Day- Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition- Nairobi Museum
Saturday, November 29th
All Day -Celebrating Daily Life – A photography exhibition -Nairobi Museum
7:30 – 11:00pm Fusion Fashion Show Oshwal Centre 1500/=

For more info: Contact Dipesh Pabari on + 254 (0) 733 989082

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