Oral history Day 1

It is another meaningful day at our compound where we are having the “Oral history techniques course” which will build the capacity of researchers who are soon going to engaged in the actual research.

Explaining the basic objective, the course stated that women who used to work on traditional artifacts are off from the visible space & their stories are also missing even might get lost unless we engage on it with appropriate techniques now.

The technique then is believed to “humanize” the research participants as they should be than using other methods which might make them numbers and miss the deep stories only can come through the oral narration centers them as pillar.

The training is also hoped to go beyond this project and became a means of preserving the historically significant aspects of the nation owing it to the fact that most of the knowladge production is set in the orality of the community.

Doing research: a workshop on research approaches and methods

Somaliland is attracting an increasing number and diversity of research projects, offering interesting opportunities for researchers to participate in interesting and potentially valuable projects designed to better understand Somaliland, it’s people and its context. A significant number of young Somali scholars are also pursuing PhDs and other research degrees which call for a similar understanding of research methodologies. This workshop will provide an introduction, over four days, to the different approaches and methods used to collect data in academic and policy-focused research projects. It will cover both qualitative and quantitative methods, and will consider research ethics and the ontologies and epistemologies related to different ways of understanding the research process.
This workshop is being supported by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of UCL (University College London), UK.
It will be take by Dr Mohamud Hashi Hussein and Dr Michael Walls.
Dr Mohamud Hashi Hussein is an economist with over 20 years of experience in industry, the public sector and research in the UK, and more recently in Somaliland. He has an excellent understanding of the challenges and opportunities for research in the Somali Horn of Africa, as well as in a wide range of thematic areas employing both quantitative and qualitative methods. His research skills and expertise include the quantitative analysis of business responses to regulation and market incentives, and qualitative analysis of behavioural drivers for the uptake of new technologies. Most recent work includes extensive research on the political economy of regulatory policies, including regulatory capture by industry interests.
Dr Michael Walls is a Senior Lecturer at UCL’s Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) and, and for the past fourteen years, his research has focused on the political economy of the Somali Horn of Africa, including the evolving political settlement in Somaliland. He was Chief Observer for the international observation mission to Somaliland’s 2017 presidential election, and has also been a member of the coordination team for missions in 2005, 2010 and 2012 as well as the 2016 Voter Registration process. Michael was Principal Investigator for the ESRC-funded research project ‘Political Settlement in Somaliland: a gendered perspective’, and is currently part of the research team looking at Complex Land Markets in Somaliland and Uganda.

Film Production Course

‘Are You Not Entertained?’ Treatment: Films for Development

An intensive course on Film Production at Hargeysa Cultural Centre

“Whenever am faced with this question, why Films for Development? My answer has always been – My observations became an obligation.” Says Taye Balgun, Taye is a film director/photographer, pan Africanist, activist, social justice campaigner and a teacher.

The course

There are too many entertainers across the world but not enough content to create a critical thinking, provoke minds and trigger change. As a part of Hargeysa International Book Fair pre-activities, Redsea Cultural Foundation is organizing this year at Hargeysa Cultural Centre, a  film production workshop that will take the following structure:

  1. IDEATION: Identifying a problem. This is a simple discussion forum.
  2. RESEARCH: Why is it a problem? Maybe its not a problem elsewhere. How did the problem occurred?
  3. CONCEPT: Will our approach to the subject matter create awareness, provide solution or provoke discussion? A 360 or 180 perspective.
  4. FOCUS GROUP: Who are we targeting? Policy makers, NGO, Grassroots folks, Youth, Experts etc What action do we expect from them?
  5. STORYBOARDING: A sketchy visual narration. If you can visualise your story, you can’t achieve it.
  6. SCRIPTING: Creation of the flow of storyline. Put words on paper, let others read it.
  7. PRODUCTION: Film techniques and style of storytelling. Let the shoot begins.

The workshop will be more interactive and hands-on. Runing five full days, from 14th – 19th, the course organizers expect to have a tangible outcome: A 2 minutes video.

Biography of the lead trainer

Taye Balogun is a Film Director/Photographer, Activist, Educator and a Campaigner. From directing Broadway Musicals to feature films with special emphasis on impact production. Taye has consulted, campaigned and engaged with several international organizations/bodies {Control Arms, Water Aid, Oxfam, HelpAge, SOTU, Save The Children, African Union, UNESCO, AYICC, Amnesty International, Action Aid  e.t.c} on issues ranging from Water and Sanitation, Gender Equality, Youth Empowerment, Women/Human Rights, Climate Change, Peace and Security, and Arms Control. He is the Director of Media and Campaigns of African Artists Peace Initiative (www.aapiafrica.org) – a pan African movement of Artists and Peacemakers working closely with the African Union and UNESCO. Taye is an Alumni of the UNLEASH – a global Lab on SDG’s where he advocated for quality education for all . Taye taught Acting/Filmmaking for 4 years, and presently teaches Films for Development, which has attracted an invite to present his work in Harvard University, Howard University and Georgetown University in the United States. Taye is currently working on his first book titled GUNS, GUTS & GOD and his 7th feature film titled THE BLUE KHAFTAN. www.tayebalogun.com

Other film makers who attend the Hargeysa International Book Fair and Somali Studies International Association Congress, will meet the trainees after the workshop for further improvement.

Tababbarta Tiraabcurinta Toolmoon


Tababbarrada Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa, 2018

Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa waxa ka furmi doona tababbar ku saabsan qoraal-curinta toolmoon, gaar ahaan qaybaha maansada, riwaayadaha, filimmada iyo sheekada gaaban. Tababbarkani kuwii sannadihii ka horreeyay ayuu kaabayaa. Waana mid loogu talo galay in ay ka faa’idaystaan dadka ku hawlan qoraalcurinta, saxaafadda, ardeyda barata suugaanta iyo kuwii la mid ah.

Muddada tababbarku soconayaa waa toddobaad 13ka Julaay ilaa 18ka Julaay 2018, Xarunta Dhaqanka ayuuna ku qabsoomayaa. Waxa casharrada bixin doona barayaal ku xeeldheer qoraal-curinta toolmoon waxana, marti ku ahaan doona barayaal iyo xirfadlayaal warbaahinta ku jira oo la wadaagi doona ardeyda waaya-aragnimadooda. Siciid Saalax Axmed, Siciid Jaamac Xuseen, Cabdillaahi Cawed Cige, Saynab Aadan Sharci, Maxamed Baashe X. Xasan, Maxamuud Sheekh Dalmar, Cabdalla Cismaan Shafey, Maxamed Xirsi Guuleed, Maxamed Cali Xasan “Alto”, Dr. Jaamac Muuse Jaamac.

Tababbarku waa lacag-la’aan waxana lagu dhiirri gelinayaa dadka ku hawlan qoraalcurinta iyo kuwa warbaahinta ka shaqeeya, kuwaas oo loo kala tix gelinayo siday u soo kala horreeyaan.

Qofka danaynaya inuu ka qayb galo waxa looga baahan yahay:

  1. In uu yimaaddo xafiisyada Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa oo ku yaalla Shacabka, Waddada 26ka Juun ee wadnaha Hargeysa, isla markaana is qoro.


  1. In uu xubin ka yahay Xarunta Dhaqanka oo haystaa kaadhka xubinnimada, qofkii aan haysanna marka uu yimaaddo ayuu is diiwaan gelin karaa.

Wixii faahfaahin ah la soo xidhiidh cinwaanka courses@redsea-online.org

Macallin Siciid Jaamac Xuseen
Hagaha Sannadkan ee Tabobbarada Xarunta
Lifaaq: Casharrada lagu baranayo tabobbarka


Aasaaska qoraalka Af Soomaaliga

Hordhaca aqoonta afafka
Sugitaanka naxwaha iyo xasilloonidarrada qoraalka Af Soomaaliga
Soohdimaha ereyada iyo astaamaha hadalka kala sooca
Doorka shaqalka iyo shibbanaha
Shibbanayaasha labanlaabma iyo higgaad-sixidda kale ee Af Soomaaliga

Qoraalcurinta suugaanta

Fikirka ka dhexeeya qoraalcurinta iyo qaybaha suugaanta
Riwaayadaha, qoraalkooda iyo jiliddooda
Filimmada, qoraalkooda iyo hagistooda
Maansada iyo abla-ablaynteeda
Sheekada gaaban iyo curinteeda

Af Soomaaliga iyo farsamada cusub

Agabka farsamada cusub iyo caqabadaha hor taagan Af Soomaaliga
Agabka farsamada cusub iyo miisaanka maansada
Kaydka Af Soomaaliga: iscugashada, is-ahaanshaha iyo abtirsiimada ereyga.

Isdiiwaangelintu waxa ay xidhmaysaa Salaasa, 10/07/2018, 2:30 pm. 


Short course on Photography | HIBF Courses

The course

Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF) is running a short course on photography on the 17th- 20th July 2017 in Hargeysa as part of the 10th Hargeysa International Book Fair. Places are limited to 10 students for the course and the deadline for the submission of application is before the 10th July 2017.

The course will cover:
– Brief history and principles of photography
– Technical training on manual camera settings: Exposure/Shutter
– Speed/Aperture/Depth of field
– Using natural light and using Flash
– Creative and professional development
– Simple post-production and editing

Requirements for applicants:
Each prospective student should write a short application stating why they want to do the course, and what their experience is so far, with 4/5 photos to support their application. Applicants must have access to a camera that works in ‘manual’ mode, preferably a digital SLR (but it can be a compact camera).

The successful applicants will have to present these in the class and explain what they would like to get out of the course.

Applications need to be submitted in person to the Hargeysa Cultural Centre (HCC) no later than Monday 10th July 2017, 14.30 (2.30 PM Hargeysa Local Time). The course subscription is free. Applicants are required to have HCC membership card which is available upon request at the HCC Office.

Course Lead:
Kate Stanworth is a professional documentary and portrait photographer and photo editor, from London. She has a degree from Norwich School of Art, and a Masters from the University of London. Her clients include many NGOs and publishers and she is working on self-initiated photography projects in Argentina, Somaliland and Europe. Her images have been published by the BBC, Time Out, The Guardian, CNN, International Business Times, High Life Magazine, TANK Magazine, Save the Children, Shelter and Mencap, among many others.

Tabobbarka dhaqanka ee Agabka Hadhaadiga ah

DhaqankaCourseBannerTabobbar ku saabsan garashada, dhowrista iyo badbaadinta agabka hadhaadiga ah. Tababbarku wuxuu soconayaa 30 Meey ilaa 2 Juun. Iska diiwaangeli Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa inta ka horreysa Khamiista 28ka Meey 2015 14.00. Waxaad ka heli halkaa Jadwalka rasmiga ah iyo dulucda tabobbarka.

Kala xidhiidh xafiiska saacadaha shaqada: 8.00 – 16.30 [Sabti-Arbaca] 8.00 / 14.00 [Khamiista]

Tabobbarka dhaqanka ee Agabka Hadhaadiga ah

FlyerDhaqankaCourseSomaliSi kor loogu qaado aqoonta dhaqanka hadhaadiga ah, loona kobciyo wacyiga aqooneed ee cidda danaynaysa hiddaha iyo taariikhda, waxa ay Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa qabanaysaa tababbar muddo gaaban ah. Waxa lagu lafa guridoonaa fahanka qiimaha iyo ahmiyadda ay leeyihiin agabka kala duwan ee dadkeenii hore u adeegsan jireen nolosha wejiyada badan, sida: guryaha, cuntada, huga, cibaadada, xoolo dhaqista, samaysashada qalabka shaqada, iwm. Waxa kale oo tabobbarku hordhac u noqon doonaa xirfadlayaasha maamuli doona Guryaha Kaydka Taariikhda (Museums), ilaalinta iyo fahanka goobaha iyo walxaha taariikhiga ah, aqoonsiga iyo dhowrista aasaarta.

Xilliga tabobbarku waa Sabtida 30ka May ilaa Salaasada 2da Juun ee 2015ka. Goobtuna waa Xarunta Dhaqanka ee Hargeysa. Ka eeg lifaaqa barmaamijka oo dhammaystiran iyo habka isdiiwaangelinta, ama booqo degelka tabobbarka (www.hargeysaculturalcenter.org). Tabobbarku waa bilaash, waxa se xaddidan tirada dadka ka soo qayb gali doona. Sida loo soo kala horreeyo ayaa loo heli doonnaa.

Training on Indigenous Material Culture

FlyerDhaqankaCourseEnglishHargeysa Cultural Center shall organize a short but intensive course on indigenous knowledge and traditional/cultural materials. The aim of the course is to raise awareness of those who are concerned and interested in in-depth understanding of the value and importance of cultural artifacts. The course will focus on recognizing and protecting traditional materials, such those in the past used for shelter building, work tools, household use, sanitation, dressing, spirituality, etc. This will also be an introductory course for professionals in museums and other heritage institutions (curators, directors, conservators and restorers). More…


The Hargeysa Cultural Center was opened in August 2014 in Hargeysa, Somaliland. The Center was established by Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF). Since its establishment, the Hargeysa Cultural Center has become an important feature in Hargeysa’s cultural landscape. The success of the center owes much to the respect that RCF has gained from its work on running the annual Hargeysa International Book Fair, which, now in its eighth year, has become one of the most admired cultural events in the region.

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