Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are […]

Capture Addis

Capture Addis is a photo festival showcasing and celebrating Addis Ababa through photography. The first edition of this festival was organized in October 2019 by Lela Qellem Plc and hosted by the City of Addis. The photos in the exhibition were selected from a pool of over 1000 photos across three different photo competitions held […]

Addis is wide awake

There is an amazing construction boom shaping the silhouette of the city scape in Addis Ababa to new heights. Steel and glass are now competing with all things old and organic. But some things never change: neighbourhoods such as Piassa, Arat Kilo, Siddist Kilo and Mercato still charm me more than any other area with […]

Addis through the looking glass

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 […]