An evening of DJs, poetry, and live music from the likes of HMD, Elmi Ali, SSCOPE and more to celebrate the launch of See My Dunya: See My World, an exhibition spotlighting the Somali community in Manchester. Through photography, film, music and sculpture, See My Dunya brings into focus the rarely celebrated faces, the un-heard stories and dreams that make up the Somali-British experience.

Performers on the night include:


A singer and songwriter with inspirations and influences spanning from Mogadishu to Manchester, by way of Denmark. HMD (Pronounced Hamdi) has a perspective on the world which is grounded in moral quirks that defy the norm for his current settings. Born in Somalia, into a clan renowned for its poets and storytellers, genetics go some way to explaining HMD’s lyrical prowess.

Elmi Ali

A writer, performer/facilitator based in the North West. He writes poetry, short -fiction and
drama. Elmi Ali facilitates performance poetry and creative Writing workshops: both individually and in partnership with organisations such as Numbi Arts, Arvon Foundation, Young Identity and


A collective that is dedicated to amplifying and representing the stories and experiences of diasporic communities in the West. It aims to rehabilitate the image of minority communities through the promotion of their success stories, using the medium of filmmaking. It has reached a wide range of young people across Europe and North America, and engages them directly via networking events, art exhibitions and event curation.

Somali Architecture

Somali Architecture is an ongoing research about the iconic buildings of the country and their digitalisation in a virtual 3D archive by a collective of young Somalis passionate about raising awareness of the importance of the Somali architectural heritage.

  • Free, booking recommended
  • Doors open at 18:00 for a 19:00 start