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Great African Caravan: an art journey

Travelling across the continent from Cape Town to Cairo over the last two hundred days, he is on the verge of reaching its destination. Having landed in Addis Ababa last week, the caravan will stay for a few days before continuing on to Sudan and finally Egypt for the last leg of the journey.

The Great African Caravan is an art caravan of 12 international artists across 12 African countries.

The artists kicked off activities in Addis Ababa with a musical theater at the National Gallery on Wednesday evening ‘Searching for a Horse’ as well as a screening of a short documentary ‘The Green Cartel of Nairobi’. The film told the story of reformed gangsters’ new lives in Nairobi as environmentalists. The international ensemble of performers in the musical beautifully enacted the tale of an exhausting search for a horse. “Every time we see hope we want to possess it … the search is never-ending,” they sing.  The evening also included a collaborative musical performance by Messob band and musicians from the caravan.

An initiative of Ingenious Frontiers of Art, an Indo-Swiss association of artists across the world, Art Caravan hopes to build a global artistic network promoting peace and global citizenship.

The Great African Caravan has organized theater forums, workshops, collaborative artworks between artists of different disciplines and created dialogues on global citizenship across its travels.

The Art Caravan is using art as a tool to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, bringing together artists, communities, grassroots initiatives and various other bodies.

The Great African Caravan began its journey in South Africa in August of 2018 and made its way to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya before reaching Ethiopia and continuing on to Sudan. It will complete its journey after reaching Egypt by March 2019.