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Ottawa Somali community celebrates second annual SOMFEST


Sunday July 29, 2018



The Ottawa Somali Community host their second annual Somali Cultural Festival Day at City Hall Saturday July 28, 2018. Fathiya Warsame snuggles with her son 11-month-old Jibriel Ali during the speeches Saturday afternoon. Ashley Fraser / Postmedia

The second annual Somali cultural festival, which took place Saturday at Ottawa City Hall, featured a travelling exhibit from the Somali Museum of Minnesota.

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Minnesota is home to one of the largest communities of the Somali diaspora: about 80,000 people.

This year’s cultural festival in Ottawa, called SOMFEST 2018, also featured a concert and a traditional Somalian BBQ. It was hosted by Somali-Canadian playwright and actor, Habiba Ali.

Organized by the Somali Centre for Family Services in partnership with the City of Ottawa, SOMFEST showcases the city’s Somali community and its culture.

The Somali Centre for Family Services has been serving the Somali community in Ottawa since 1991, and provides assistance to refugees and immigrants in need of settlement services.



Mayor Jim Watson greet guests Saturday afternoon at the second annual Somali Cultural Festival Day at City Hall Saturday. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia Ashley Fraser / Postmedia


Mayor Jim Watson and MPP Lisa MacLeod chat before the speeches started Saturday afternoon. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia Ashley Fraser / Postmedia



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