Somaliland: The 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) is Finally Here!


HIBF 2015

Somalilandsun – Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, is home to this festival that is a cultural highlight for Somalilanders and the region. There is also a growing interest and excitement from the international community with guests jetting in from all over the world. Some are great artists who will participate and showcase their intellectual, artistic and literary works at the HIBF from 1 to 6 August 2015.
The Book Fair has, for the past seven years, provided a platform for discussions on social reconstruction in Somaliland. It is an opportune time for the convergence of Somalis from the diaspora, the locals and international guests to share in the aspiration for wholesome societies.
SPACES, the theme of the year, examines how Somalis, traditionally nomads, cope with the new spaces they now inhabit as a result of strife, urbanisation and other factors. It is an inquiry into how these changes affect the wellbeing of the people. Read More
HIBF Guest Country 2015
An HIBF 2015 Guest fraternizes with locals at Alem Ethio Cafe a local joint opposite Tima ade basketball grounds in Hargeisa SomalilandOur Guest country corner of our event is all about building a bridge that connects the youth of Somaliland to the wider African continent who were left in an enclave for many reasons. The young and the Diaspora community of Somaliland have much of a western and Arabic world understanding and linkage than to the contemporary Africa and the story behind it. Continue reading →

HIBF Guests 2015
Chuma Nwokolo JrChuma Nwokolo jnr is a Nigerian lawyer and writer and the publisher of African Writing magazine that featured several literary works of African writers. The writer of poetry collection and novels, such as African Tales at Jail point (1999), One More Tale for the Road(2003) Diaries of a Dead African (2003) and his recent book The Ghost of Sani Abach. Continue reading
Download HIBF 2015 Programe of Events