NUMBI is a healing dance that happens in Somalia where one lets go of one’s inhibitions and gets free. It is that ethos, with the emphasis on freedom, that inspired NUMBI founder, Kinsi Abdulleh, to set up the organisation.

Our vision is to provide a platform for collaborative cross-cultural exchange for artists working in theatre, visual arts/ photography, music/dance and film – that draws from the experience of Somali communities around the world.

Headed by a team of dedicated artists from different disciplines, we host  NUMBI live show an evening of spoken word, film/visuals, music, dance and comedy called  “A Night of Afropolitan Funk” at the Rich Mix Arts Centre in Bethnal Green.

This event happens on a quarterly basis with the next event taking place on 12th of May at Rich Mix London.

We’re also the creators of SCARF Magazine, a gorgeous,  arts magazine that comes out annually edited by Kinsi Abdulleh and deputy edited by different members of the NUMBI team.

The contributors for SCARF 2012 include acclaimed writers like Edwidge Danticat, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Romesh Gunesekera as well as beautiful pieces from musicians like Meshell Ndegeocello and Lizz Wright.

The next issue of the magazine is also jam-packed with great interviews, including two powerful conversations with Malian musician, Fatoumata Diawara and Kenyan visual artist, Wangechi Mutu.



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