In the beginning of this brand New Year 2012 of the Ethiopian calendar, I am heading for Addis. My plan is to get soaked in the city life and hang around in particular neighbourhoods such as Arat Kilo, Sarbet, Kazanchis and of course in Mercato and hilly Piassa, both my favourite urban landscapes and both of which still have some of that old city feel left that I have not been able to find elsewhere in Addis. I will also be writing back from the following events and venues:
Photo Festival Capture Addis. Addis residents are invited to take part in this festival and express the way they see their city by submitting their photos to a competition.
October 19-26, Municipality Compound/Mazegaja Bet.
The Legacy: Vintage Prints of Johannes Haile. Photo expo at the Goethe Institute with photographs by the notorious Johannes Haile, who worked in his famous portrait studio under the Ethiopian Electric Company in Piassa from the early 60s to 2006. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Zoma Museum which I warmly recommend!
October 10 – November 11, Goethe Institute.
On The Grind. The second edition of a three-week festival (Oct 18-Nov 9) that celebrates youth culture with experimental arts, performances and events, organised by Alliance Ethio-Francaise. There will also be an exhibition opening for selected 2019 graduates of Ale School of Fine Arts on 7 October at Alliance.
Fendika Cultural Centre: The Azmari Bet created by Melaku Belay. Be prepared for music, dance and crazy vibes – this is the place you do not want to miss! The centre also has regular experimental jazz concerts on Mondays. If you are wondering what Azmari Bet is, Melaku Belay has a website with more background information on his project and I will also get back on the topic on a later occasion.
Unavoidably, I will also visit the myriad of cafés and coffee houses in the coming weeks so please do come back for more stories from the country where coffee was born. I will sadly miss the Addis Jazz Festival tomorrow 6 October. If you are in town, go and meet with Hailu Mergia, Alemayehu Eshete, Kibrom Birhanu, Samuel Yirga… and get in the mood for ethiogroove!