Views on Cultural Expression in Somalia PDF Print

“There is freedom of cultural expression in Somalia however, people do not have the confidence to do it because they are afraid,” noted a religious leader from Mogadishu during a group discussion.


Through Reviving Culture Building Peace, CISP is working with youth and women groups, artists, schools, leaders and other partners to promote the Somali cultural heritage.


From March to June 2015, the project has been holding group discussions with representatives of the various groups in Mogadishu. The participants gave their perspective on their cultural heritage.


Across the country, we share a love for folktales, traditional songs, instrumental music and camels,” a student said in response to what cultural aspects can be harnessed.
An artist expressed some of the challenges they face: “Musicians and actors don’t have the basic equipment they need. There are also no cultural events where people can express their art. The Somali National Academy of Arts, Culture and Science is not active which would help support cultural expression.”


During one of the debates a lady took the opportunity to highlight the role of women in Somali culture: “Traditionally, women took part in cultural events such as dances which is not the case now. There is need for change of attitude to accept the participation of women and men equally.”
The discussions were part of a survey to assess the groups’ knowledge and perception of their heritage.

 

By Salad Ghedi, Communication & Accountability Officer, Mogadishu

 

 

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