The 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) was held in Hargeysa, Somaliland from 1 to 6 August 2015. The fair is organised by Redsea Cultural Foundation, a partner of the Rift Valley Institute.
The theme of the year was ‘Spaces’, aimed at exploring the different areas human beings occupy physically, spiritually, culturally, artistically and politically, among others. For the organisers, it was also an opportunity to reflect on the arts and the way they are growing, particularly in the Somali context. Somalis, traditionally nomads, now inhabit different spaces as a result of strife, urbanisation and other factors. The festival theme was an inquiry into how changes in the world today affect the wellbeing and expression of people as they... MORE >