Numbi Festival

  • Anab Dance Troupe

    Anab Dance Troupe, 2022. Photo: Rehan Jamil

Past Event

This event was on Thursday 29 June, 6pm-12am

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Numbi Festival

Thursday 29 June | 6pm-12am | Free Entry

Please note: our spaces have limited capacities and the event will operate on a first come first served basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Live performances, film, music, dance, artists talks and food curated by Numbi Arts celebrate the launch of the Somali Museum exhibition and festival programme at Whitechapel Gallery. Rooted in the East End with a canopy that rises globally to include a roster of local, regional and international artists, this year’s Numbi Festival theme is Be the Sky.

The festival features talks from Amal Alhaag, films from Fuad Abdulaziz, and Mohammed Deria, poetry from Samater Elmi, Sara Farah and Al Saddiq Al Raddi, DJ sets from Elmi Original and Amal Alhaag, alongside a performance from Dur Dur Band.

In partnership with Numbi Arts. 

Programme Schedule

Doors open at 6pm

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From 7pm The Anarchist Citizenship Haye! Re-Fashioning a Photo studio

From 7pm Somali Food, served by Hooyo East

7pm DJ Elmi Original

7.30pm Canab Cuud Dancers

8pm Spoken Word: Al Saddiq Al Raddi and Sara Farah

9.30pm Spoken Word: Samatar Elmi

10pm Performance: Dur Dur Band

10.45pm DJ Elmi Original

Zilkha Auditorium

6-7pm Film Screenings:
Fuad Abdulaziz, Numbi Dance Film
Mohammed Deria, Somali Steel Film

7pm Performative Lecture: Amal Alhaag

7.30pm Panel Discussion with Amal Alhaag, Fuad Abdulaziz and Mohamed Deria, chaired by Imruh Bakari

8.30pm Film Screenings
Fuad Abdulaziz, Numbi Dance Film
Mohammed Deria, Somali Steel Film

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From 6pm Somali Museum: Any-Space-Whatever Exhibition

Can’t attend? Join the event from home with the Numbi Fest livestream on Whitechapel Radio Station (WRS), broadcasting from 6pm-12am.



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