26, 27 and 28 October, Addis Ababa will become Africa’s dance capital! Organised by DESTINO Dance Company, Ethiopia, this first of its kind international festival will bring to you dancers from all over the country and across the world.
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Preserving Ethiopian Cultural Heritage
ADEY Dance Festival is part of a wider programme, co-funded by the European Union, the Swiss Development Cooperation and other international and local sponsors, that aims at preserving and promoting cultural heritage in the country. Upstream of the festival, an in-depth research journey was conducted on traditional dance and the production of a film and a book documenting the values, stories and meaning behind movement.
DESTINO is committed to communicating across languages and cultures
using dance and help carry the Ethiopian identity
through the country’s ongoing economic, social and environmental transformations.
Contact and tickets
Tickets will be on sale starting from Saturday 21st October!
- One show = 200 ETB
- Full Festival Package (over the three days) = 500 ETB
- One show - Student = 100 ETB - (valid student card requested or ID for under 18)
Permanent sales (inquire staff):
- Tryst Cafe (Olympia) map: Monday to Sunday 8am - 8pm
- Le Louvre Hotel-Restaurant (Haya Hulet) map: Monday to Sunday, 10am -10pm
- Steam Cafe (Sarbet) map: Monday to Sunday 7am - 7pm
- Dok Restaurant (Medhanialem Church/Edna Mall) map: Monday to Saturday, 11am - 10pm
Pop-up sales (DESTINO table):
- Hilton Hotel -
*Oct 21st - 11am - 3pm // 5pm - 7pm
*Oct 22nd: 11am - 3pm
*Oct 23rd - Oct 24 - Oct 25: 11am - 2pm // 5pm - 7pm
- Lime Tree (Kasanchis) -
*Oct 21 - Oct 22: 11am - 2pm
*Oct 23 - Oct 24 - Oct 25: 11am-2pm // 4pm - 6pm
Tickets will also be on sale at the door of the National Theatre on Oct 26, Oct 28.
For all enquiries: Demeke - 0912960059 and Claire - 0938596861.
Get your tickets for an unforgettable show!
The Dance Festival
ADEY International Dance Festival in Ethiopia will be held from the 22nd to the 29th October 2017 with workshops, exhibitions, screenings and conferences taking place in several cultural centres and other venues. The dance performances will be staged from 26-28th October at the Alliance ethio-française and the National Theatre.
The Festival's programme will include performances from: seven regional dance groups, a group of blind dancers, a group of dancers with physical disability, two commnunity dance groups of Addis Ababa and five international dance companies from Japan, Slovakia, Spain, Tanzania and Uganda. Moreover, DESTINO Dance Company will also perform and DESTINO choreographers will be presenting a master piece that will get more than 80 dancers on stage!
ADEY FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
The First International Dance Festival in Ethiopia
international dance companies
BRINGING RENOWNED LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPANIES TO ADDIS ABABA
Five world-known companies will join us in Addis: Mademoiselle Cinema from Japan, KUKAI Dantza from Basque Country, Les SlovaKs from Slovakia, Muda Africa from Tanzania and Batalo East from Uganda.
ADEY project has been only possible by the joint effort of many different stakeholders such as the European Union, the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, development agencies, cultural centers and theatres, local and international sponsors, self-funded international dance companies, and many volunteers and individual donors. THANK YOU.
DESTINO traveled through the country to conduct a research project on the various forms of traditional dance using movement as the main mean of communication. Dancers from the company conducted exchange workshops with local dance groups blending contemporary dance with traditional movements. Highlights from DESTINO’s visits to Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, SNNPR and Tigray. In each region DESTINO teachers and dancers closely worked with local dancers and documented the specific regional traditions, values, songs, movements and stories that form Ethiopia’s diverse cultural heritage.