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Arada – Addis Ababa Musuem, Guramayle Art Center, Italian Cultural Institute

 Included by New York Times and Lonely Planet in the list of the 10 World’s Top Cities to visit, Addis Ababa is living an extraordinary transformation. Symbol of the African renaissance, the city is evolving at a very fast pace, experiencing a stable economic growth and a massive urban expansion. To make room for a new skyline worthy of a modern global capital, the City Administration has undertaken a big clearing program concerning lots of informal settlements - according to Un Habitat 80% of Addis surface is occupied by “slums” - whose inhabitants will be relocated to the new City’s suburb. But the rapid ascent to modernity of "the new Africa's New York" might compromise a system that has so far guaranteed social peace in spite of an increasing economic inequality. Daily life in the popular sefer (districts) which are gradually disappearing is characterized by strong social and economic networks - such as the alternative financial “institutions” known as eder and ekub - and fascinating traditions. In order to preserve the memory of these informal communities, this photographic collection will be gifted to the Ethiopian people and hosted as permanent exhibition in a dedicated hall of the Addis Ababa Museum ...
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Addis Ababa Social Club – Taitu International Art Gallery

Addis Ababa was called the “swinging city” during the Sixties and the Seventies, when traditional highland melodies met soul music and hippie culture came into the scene. That “Golden Age” was a small mine for World music. Today the new diamond is Samuel Yirga, a young piano player wise as an old man. His album Guzo -produced by Peter Gabriel's Real World label- is a “journey” into Ethiopian musical tradition driven by a modern jazz musician. Together with Alemayo Eshete, an old Ethiopian music lion with evergreen spirit and energy, they play at “Jazzamba”, Addis most famous jazz-club. Among soul, rhytmn’blues and folk they could be the mirror of a nation which smiles to modernity keeping to its cultural roots.                    Included by Lonely Planet in the list of the 10 World’s Top Cities to visit in 2013, Addis is the symbol of African renaissance. A swinging city struck by a sudden wellbeing: foreign investments, skyscrapers, social housing, a new surface city railways. But even slums clearing, the fear of a new classism, fading traditions. The city is experiencing a massive urban expansion, evolving at a fast pace. Its population is expected to ...
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