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Mogadishu 2030

A fantastic summer art programme and an exhibition to visualise the future of Mogadishu by 2030 The Somali Creativity Hub in collaboration P21 Gallery and the curator Frederique Cifuentes, and their partners are delighted to present Mogadishu 2030, 21st July – 2nd September. The 6-week multimedia exhibition is about Somalia contemporary art, literature, poetry, music performances, films, debates and a series of community art activities. Mogadishu 2030 promotes Somalia’s vibrant and fascinating culture and how its artists visualise their future by 2030. Somali art both historic and contemporary is very distinctive as it combines African, Arab, Persian, Oriental and European heritage. For centuries Somalis interacted with all these communities thanks to the Global Swahili trade route. The theme commemorates with pride our culture, history and our vision for a better future. The project is determined to nourish the growth of Somalia contemporary creative forces, to increase their visibility and to promote the message carried out by every single artwork. Our portfolio of artists is a combination of many singular stories with deep-seated emotions of love, anger, pride, shame, status, recognition and belonging. All types of art forms will be used to achieve the objectives of the project such as visual and sounds installations, poetry, photography, and drawings from Somali artists and children from the homeland and the diaspora. The curatorial teams believe in the importance of the artist’s practice in the process of social cohesion and empowerment and long lasting impacts on people involved. Our exciting summer programme will bring together Somali talents, for a better understanding of the Somali Community and its social dynamics; engaging and connecting with many new audiences and transforming stereotypes and promoting different perspectives to that portrayed by the media.