Are you a young person from Tower Hamlets and of Somali

Numbi Arts is recruiting young people for exciting new opportunities to gain real-life experiences and training in the arts and heritage sector!

Barbaarinta Barbaarta is a youth leadership education and work skills programme that centres young people as co-curators. You have the freedom to design a bespoke curriculum that meets your ambitions and aspirations, guided by mentorship from Somali professionals as well as support from Numbi’s partner organisations

You will also receive training to in turn provide peer mentoring to younger Somali people as well as co-create a Somali Young People’s Forum in Tower Hamlets, as a platform to have your voice heard and needs addressed in the borough. These sessions will take place on alternate Wednesday & Thursday evenings at Toynbee Hall. Sign up to receive more details.

We are continuing our programme into 2023 starting Monday 9th January until March 2023. Take part in weekly activities like arts workshops, history and cultural talks, trips and events. You will have the opportunity to gain:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Arts Award accreditation
  • Financial Literacy training
  • Accreditation in Leadership
  • Guidance and support against Hate Crimes

Classes begin: Monday 9th January 2023



Adult Somali Language and Cultural Classes:
Every Monday 6pm – 7.30pm @ Toynbee Hall.

After-School Somali Language and Cultural Classes(for 11- 14 year olds):
Every Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.30pm @ Granby Hall.

Somali Young People’s Forum:
Wednesdays and Thursdays 5.30pm – 7.30pm
@ Toynbee Hall and Granby Hall.

Financial Literacy Workshops with Abdirahman Ahmed of Urban Rise
First session: Thursday 12th January 2023
5.30pm-7.30pm @ Toynbee Hall.

Traditional Somali Dances Class For Performance:
Every Friday 5pm – 7pm @ Granby Hall.
Exclusively for women and girls. 

Saturday Art and Sports Club:
Saturday Art Club 10.30am-12.30pm @ Granby Hall.
Afternoon Sporting Activities for Duke of Edinburgh and Leadership 2pm – 4pm.

All activities are free for Tower Hamlets young people.

Applications are now open and activities recommence from Monday 9th January 2023. This is an ongoing project so do feel free to apply at any time. If all this sounds like something you are interested in please sign up below!