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Improv performance @ Goethe -Institut

A theatre company, Artig, will present an afternoon full of Improvisational theatre at the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa, on October 27 at 4 pm.
Two actors will perform on an empty stage, without properties, without a script, without already existing roles and without pre-casted plans.

The audience will get to know the world of improvised theatre on the evening and arouse stories that had not been discovered yet.
Improvisational theatre is a type of theatre, which emerges live out of the interaction between actors and the audience. The characters, the dialogues, the actions and the stories will be inspired by hails from the audience and created by the actors right at the moment.  Magdalena Haftner and Lino Kleingarn from the theatre company, Artig, which is an Austrian group from Vienna, will show what spontaneity really means. For a play to be good, it must have a powerful plot, characters, humor and above all, a performance that will stay with the audience.

“Contemplation Holes” @ Alliance Ethio- Française

An art exhibition by a young aspiring artist, Kalkidan Shobe, which is entitled "Contemplation Holes", was opened at the Alliance Ethio-Française on October 5, 2016. The exhibition will stay open for one month.

Born in 1990 in Hawassa, Southern Regional State, Kalkidan studied art at the Ale School of Fine Arts and Design in Addis Ababa. Through time the young artist’s works started to become more mature.

His works are predominantly paintings. However, he also uses mixed media on a smaller scale. The works of Kalkidan are almost experimental. The young artist believes that all senses are sources of inspiration for an artist. Kalkidan’s eyes are always busy watching for forms, lines, textures and even colors. The current nature of the city life which is fast moving and changing has become the major focus in his career. It is also the main source of his inspiration.

Kalkidan’s exhibition, “Contemplation Holes” is free and will stay open till November 4, 2016.

Penny for a Purpose campaign launched

The pioneers of the plastic skateboard Penny Skateboards has announced this week the launch of its Penny for a Purpose campaign in collaboration with California artist BB Bastidas and non-profit organization Ethiopia Skate featuring two limited edition completes.

The exclusive designs created by Bastidas are available in 22” Penny and 27” Nickel boards with proceeds going to support Ethiopia Skate’s mission of providing skateboards, skate parks and recreational activities around skateboarding to young people in communities of Ethiopia.

“The board designs are actually snapshots of the art I painted on the first skate park built by Ethiopia Skate in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I purposefully made my designs very geometric so the kids from the community could mimic the art and express their own creative skills,” said Bastidas, “Collaborating with Penny Skateboards has enabled us to share our passion for skating and supporting skaters around the world on a global scale.”

Established in 2013, Ethiopia Skate is a passion project founded by skateboarders for skateboarders.

 

Mahmoud @ Carnegie Hall next week

Ethiopian music legend Mahmoud Ahmed, who celebrated his 75th birthday this year, will give a live concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City next month – becoming the first Ethiopian artist to perform at the world famous venue. Mahmoud is scheduled to perform at Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium on Saturday, October 22nd.

Mahmoud’s performance is part of Carnegie Hall’s “Around the Globe” program.

Carnegie Hall described Mahmoud Ahmed as an artist “who blends the traditional Amharic music of the African nation with pop and jazz for and ear-opening, ecstatic experience.”

Mahmoud Ahmed is one of Ethiopia’s legends and cultural icons. He gained great popularity in Ethiopia in the 1970s and among the Ethiopians before rising to international fame.

As Allmusic notes in their highlight of his biography: “His swooping vocals, complemented by the freewheeling jazziness of the Ibex Band (with whom he recorded his masterpiece, Ere Mela Mela), are very different from what normally is lumped into the broad expression Afro-pop.”