Crossing Boundaries Festival and Conference is to be held in Addis from September 24 – 27, 2015.

The Festival is organized by Ethiopian Theater Professionals Association (ETPA) with the collaboration of Addis Ababa University (AAU) College of Performing and Visual Arts, Ethiopian National Theater & Sundance Institute’s East African Theater Program Ethiopian Alumni. 

Crossing Boundaries Festival Ethiopia is part of fifteen festivals held all over the world by Performance Studies International (PSI). “Performances won’t just be entertainment but opportunities to think, and explore thoughts of Pan-Africanism” said Surafel Wondimu, International Relations of the event.

‘’We used to wait for westerners to come and conduct such events and when they go we don’t keep them up, but now we believe we can do it independently and responsibly,” said Azeb worku, Artistic Director of the Festival.

Performers from ten different countries will gather to perform at the  Festival. There will be nineteen performances twelve from abroad and the rest to be performed by local artists. Meaza Worku, Program Director said that the Festival and Conference will include a variety of events such as Photograph Exhibitions, Food Art Performance, Visual Art, traditional Ethiopian dance and poetic Jazz. In addition, there will be presentations and discussion on various topics related to art in the region. 

Nebiyu Baye from Addis Ababa University also added that the Festival and conference will help students see theater from a new perspective and learn about theatrical arts beyond the confines of the classroom.

Source: Capital Ethiopia
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