The Wax and Gold of Hairstyles in Ethiopia

The Wax and Gold of Hairstyle in Ethiopia exhibition marks Goethe-Institut Äthiopien’s second collaboration with the Frobenius Institute since 2019. However, the exhibition is by no means the first time the Goethe-Institut has focused on photography, documentation and archiving in relation to ideas of memory, representation and cultural identity.

Tibeb Online © Goethe-Institut

Tibeb Online

In normal circumstances the Goethe-Institut hosts its many events in its compound, welcoming people to our cultural programmes, to use our modern library, to take part in German language classes and enjoy our beautiful café to gather round and catch up with friends and colleagues. But in this time of social distancing, things are very different. And we miss our many cultural activities, visual art, Gaming events, movies, lectures, you name it.

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"Goethe Reading Club"

The experience and feedback we get from our online events encouraged us to continue with platform.
On this platform we narrate and provide you stories of different genres, original or translated, that you can follow on a Youtube channel. The stories are accompanied by pictures with slide motion. There are also fairy tales for your children, told by a story teller

Tibeb Be Adebabay © Brook Getachew

Tibeb be Adebabay

Addis Abeba is a creative city, full of ideas, encounters and beauty. The project “Tibeb be Adebabay” brings art to public spaces of the city and into the people’s daily lives. 



The Goethe-Institut in Addis Abeba in partnership with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, the Children’s Science Center and their networks of public, private and international schools will host the Science Film Festival 2020 from 03 December till 20 December 2020 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

Decolonise the Internet © John Moore

Decolonise the Internet

At the end of August 2020, we had an Edit-A-Thon workshop to the newly launched Goethe-Institute’s programme “Decolonise the Internet” Decolonize the Internet - Goethe-Institut. After the workshop an editing and translation competition with great prizes took place. At the Goethe-Institut of addis Ababa, 14 women have participated on the workshop and five have taken part in the competition. Here is an interview of the best three who won prizes.

Enterafrica © Brook Getachew


15 African countries are involved in the big project "Enter Africa". Everywhere, young teams develop local based games about the past, present and future of their city.

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Battle of the Times

Join us on an exciting journey through Addis Ababa, its past, present or future. Tackle different tasks on your way, meet Mighty Past, Lady Present or The Great Future, exchange information with other gamers and have a say in the future of your city. 


The Ethiopian Gaming Festival, CHEWATACON, is the first-ever festival of its kind that aims to celebrate the Ethiopian gaming culture and explores dimensions of games and play in the local context and beyond.

Henrike Grohs Award © Andreas Prossliner / Shutterstock_davorana

Henrike Grohs Art Award

In memory of Henrike Grohs, the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family conceived a €20.000 prize dedicated to artists living and practicing in Africa.