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  • Ethiopian and Kenyan designers to showcase at New York’s Fashion Shows


    The Nolcha Shows are a leading award winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers. Over the past seven years the Nolcha Shows have become established as a platform of discovery; promoting cutting edge innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibitions.

    The Nolcha Shows have built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of new fashion design talent and are officially listed by New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase independent fashion designers recognition and develop their business.

    Held on 14th of September, 2016 during New York Fashion Week, through The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, fashion designers from Kenya and Ethiopia – APRELLEDUANY, Ami Doshi Shah, Sammy Ethiopia and Mafi Mafi – will be showcasing their collections.

    Read  more at capitalfm.co.ke

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  • Operation Solomon: Airlifting 14,000 Jews out of Ethiopia - BBC

    Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

    In 1991, Ethiopia was coming to the end of a long civil war and the government was close to being toppled.

    Israel was concerned for the ancient community of Ethiopian Jews and did a deal with the tottering regime to airlift thousands of people out of the country.

    The Israelis were given less than two days to carry out Operation Solomon. During that window, they flew more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel - one of them was Daniel Nadawo, who was 11 at the time.

    He spoke to Witness about that day. 

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  • New York showcases stunning African art


    Aida Muluneh, The Morning Bride (2016). The image is part of the Ethiopian's The World is 9 series looking at life, love, history and whether we can live in this world with full contentment. "I am not seeking answers but asking provocative questions about the life that we live -- as people, as nations, as beings," she says.

    (CNN) - From digital LEDs that transport viewers into a cosmic world of Afrofuturism to ghostly figures derived from garbage bags, contemporary African art has never been dull.

    A rising generation of local collectors, global enthusiasts, and diasporans are making sure the region's artists are hot property.

    Amid this growing demand, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, opened for its second edition at New York's Pioneer Works. Initially launched at London's Somerset House in 2013, last year's first U.S. edition of the fair saw around 6,000 visitors.

    Read more at CNN

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  • City’s Reluctance Has Teddy’s Concert Up in Air


    Concert organisers for Tedros Kassahun a.k.a. Teddy Afro, are appealing to the Federal Government’s Communication Affairs Office, after waiting for over a month for approval from Mayor’s Office for yet another concert by popular singer-songwriter.

    Habesha Weekly Promotion Plc, the event organiser, sent a letter to the Communication Office, copied to the Addis Abeba and the Federal Police commissions, on February 25, 2016.

    This will be the third time in a relatively short period this Ethiopian year, that a Teddy Afro concert has fails to get the nod from the authorities. Three other concerts, including one by Jamaican artist Jah Cure scheduled for February 27, were able to get the official go-ahead.

    Habesha Weekly applied to the Mayor’s Office on January 26, 2016, for permission to hold the event. But they received no clear answer coming from Asseged Getachew, head of the office.

    The first concert that failed to get permission was co-organised by Ballers Lounge and AZ Entertainment for the Ethiopian New Year’s Eve,2015. It was postponed to coincide with the Mesqel holiday on September 28. That, too, failed to get permission.

    Concert organisers are not legally required to seek permission for events, said Gedion Timotios (PhD), assistant professor at Addis Abeba University’s School of Law, in an interview on this issue in September.

    “Though there is no legal requirement to seek permission to organise a concert, it is mandatory to notify various agencies in the city – such as traffic, police, emergency services and the Mayor’s Office,” he added.

    Habesha Weekly has agreed to pay Teddy 1.3 million Br for the concert, which it expects to cost a total of three million Birr to organise, said a source close to the issue. Teddy, known to sprinkle politics and history into this songs, will perform for his diehard fans at the Ghion Hotel on March 5, 2016, if the organisers manage to get the permission they need.

    Habesha Weekly Promotion Plc, established in 2009, had organised the New Year Trade Fair & Bazaar at the Addis Abeba Exhibition Centre & Market Development Enterprise. It is currently bidding for airtime on Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation (EBC) to produce television programmes.

    Teddy Afro has posted the event poster on his Facebook page, which has half a million ‘likes’.

    “All my dear fans, I can’t wait to be back on the stage! See you soon,” the post read.

    The source, who asked not to be named, indicated that the event could be postponed to a week after Easter if permission is not granted by Monday February 29. Fortune sought comment from the head of the Mayor’s Office, but he was not available for comment because of a week-long cabinet meeting. Director of Cabinet Affairs, Feleke Negash, was also not available for similar reasons.

    Source: addisfortune

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  • If Only I Were That Warrior - Best of ADIFF NY 2015


    Ethiopian documentary "If Only I Were That Warrior" to the play in the ADIFF New York's 2015 Best of selection

    When: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2pm

    Where: Teachers College, Columbia University

    The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people. Directed by Valerio Ciriaci, 2015, 72min, USA | Italy | Ethiopia, documentary in English, Italian and Amharic with English subtitles. 

    Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker

    Please find more info for the film here: http://nyadiff.org/if-only-i-were-that-warrior-best-of-adiff-ny-2015/

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