Safeguarding traditional Somali performing arts

  • Project budget: $ 40,000.00
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust (553SOM4000)
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/04/2008 - 01/03/2009

Benefitting country(ies): Kenya, Somalia


Before the civil war Somalia enjoyed a vibrant cultural life, in which traditional performing arts played a major role. Aware of the role that cultural practices may play in fostering social cohesion and in reconciliation processes in future post-conflict Somalia, the project aims to * identify traditional performing arts practices of Somali people with a view to safeguarding this heritage, * highlight the role that cultural practices can play in reconciliation process for the post conflict Somalia, and * contribute to the rehabilitation of Somali culture. Core activities of the project include: * the identification of traditional performing arts of Somali communities in the North Eastern Province in Kenya; * the preparation of a draft inventory of those traditions; and * the acquisition of extant audiovisual materials related to traditional performing arts of Somali people.

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