A new month is hastily approaching, and with that also a bunch of activities within arts and culture in Addis. It is not always easy to find out what is happening out there, at least not before it already happened. And that’s a classic in this town, really. We do our best to prevent this from happening and hope you will find a somewhat fulfilling calendar here on Addis Rumble. And that it will make it just a little easier for you to get an overview of the events you want to attend to. Of course you will have to stay updated regularly as things tend to change, and new events pop up. And because we don’t list e.g parties and dance-classes on our site, you could also join the Addis Happening group on Facebook, become a fan of the Guzo Magazine or pick up the monthly issued What’s out Addis pamphlet. That should give you pretty good insights to the dimensions of fun happening in Addis. If you are overwhelmed or just too busy to make it to all the things you wish, we are happy to help you select a few events we would recommend that you attend to. You can see details and full calendar here, and selected events below.
TRANSITORY, A series of collaborative EXHIBITIONS by Ermias Mazengia & Eyob Kitaba @ Lela Gallery
Judging from the first opening last Saturday the coming Saturdays at Lela Gallery will be worth a visit. The Universes and colour palettes of both Ermias and Eyob are highly intriguing and the level of experimentation high. And the fact that each Saturday presents something new only tricks the expectation and curiosity further.
Saturday April 7, 3pm, selection of works by Eyob Kitaba (Week #3)
Saturday April 14, 3pm, works by Ermias & Eyob (Week #4)
APRIL 5: TEDx
TEDx has become popular all over the world over the years, and usually host quite prominent keynote speakers. This is no exception in Addis. Get some prominent peoples’ take on the Big Picture in Ethiopia. Should be worth a visit!
APRIL 6: Soloshow by Mulugeta Gebrekidan
Asni Gallery is another prominent gallery in Addis Ababa, and this month you can experience the solo-exhibition by Ethiopian artists Mulugeta Gebrekidan. The works are developed by the artists for the exhibition and reflects his state of mind at a certain place in time.
APRIL 7: Sia Tolno at Alliance Francaise
Guinean born singer Sia Tolno writes about the struggles of a hard life and lets is out through music. Mandingo music joins forces with forest chants, funk and rumba in a slice of life that is a celebration of living.
APRIL 19: Opera at the Italian Cultural Institute
If you are more of a classical-music-person the Italian cultural Institute serves you Arias from famous Italian operas to please you ears. Performed by Nicolò Iucolano (piano) and Anna Casale (Soprano)
APRIL 21: Open House at the Goethe Institute
One of Addis Ababa’s most active cultural institutions celebrates their 50th Anniversary this months with a series of events and exhibitions. One of them is an open house with Fairy-tale readings, raffles, trial German classes and music.
APRIL 26: MEETING HERE, an exhibition by Nuru Abegaz (Ethiopia), John Downey (US) and Roshan Linsi (Ethio-Swiss)
GIZ//German Development Cooperation Office hosts three annual exhibtions by the name Meeting here, where they invite artists from all over the world to exhibit in their big space.
APRIL 26: Play with the Senses
A danceshow at the Goethe Institute not to be missed. Choreographed by renowned South African Sello Pesa in collaboration with Mintesinot Getachew and Junaid Jemal Sendi, and performed by dancers from Addis Ababa
Besides these specific events we highly recommend that you look into the film-calendar of the Italian Institute this month as they show some classics by renowned Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. And besides this a safe Friday-night hit is a visit to the Fendika Azmari Bet where you are guaranteed entertainment and dance till you drop.
We are of course not 100% sure that no events slipped out of our net, so keep your ears and eyes open and let us know if something escaped our attention. We would love to put it on the agenda!