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Once again, a week-long festival of films

Zela Gayle

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The Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) will kick off with its 6th edition on Tuesday May 1, 2012 at the Italian Cultural Institute with Town of Runners, a film by Jerry Rothwell. Town of Runners isa feature documentary about the young athletes born and raised in Bekoji, who hope to emulate their local heroes and compete on the world’s stage.

Organized by Initiative Africa, with the theme of ‘A Year of Concern’ more than 50 documentaries are expected to be screened from May 1-6, 2012 in an event that will take place in six different venues: Italian Cultural Institute, Bole Youth Center, R. T. Martyrs’ Museum, Alliance Ethio-Française, British Council and Addis Ababa University. Unlike the previous in the past the festival will be going to regional cities by screening films in Hawassa, Mekele and Bahir Dar Universities.

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Goethe-Institut – Celebrating 50 years of nearly everything

Zela Gayle

 What was started as a simple idea for a cultural exchange has grown into a place where nearly everything happens. 

http://addisstandard.com/admin/uploads/Art%20and%20culture%20p.%2034%20photo%20Goethe-Institut.jpgEstablished in January 1962, it was the first in Africa. Ethiopians who had studied in Germany had turned to their government and the German embassy requesting both for an establishment of an institute to be the go between them and their German acquired friends, culture and values. By then, diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Germany had already a long-standing history: both had signed a treaty of amity and commerce as early as 1905. In June 1962, Emperor Haile Selassie I officially inaugurated what was then known as the German Cultural Institute, located across from the Arat Kilo Monument in the capital Addis Ababa. The books signed by the Emperor on that occasion remain in the institute’s library collection to this day. The library now holds over 4,000 books, videos, audiocassettes, CD-ROMs and DVDs full of nearly everything from history to culture on both Ethiopia and Germany and provides internet access for visitors.

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Exodus

Zela Gayle

Celebrating the ‘History, Culture and Music of the Rastafarians in Ethiopia’

From the March 2012 print edition of Addis Standard magazine


 

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It was the legendary spirit of Bob Marley that magnified the tiny Island of Jamaica to the world, and to this day Bob Marley remains the most celebrated and influential household name in reggae music throughout the world.

When he composed the album ‘Exodus’ in 1977, little did he know it would become the best album of the 20th century as Time magazine ranked it in 1999, recognizing it as the greatest album of all times.

The song ‘Exodus’ is a real masterpiece of reggae evoking the return of the Rastafarians into Africa. From the exit of the Babylon to the arrival into Zion, the exodus in Ethiopia takes a Pan African dimension.

Now, decades after the legendary album ‘Exodus’ was first released, a three days event in Addis Ababa gears up to see ‘Exodus’, a celebration of the ‘History, Culture and Music of the Rastafarians in Ethiopia’, the second edition of its kind, scheduled to be held at the Alliance éthio-française from March 15th-17th 2012.

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