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. Tibeb be Adebabay (Amharic for art in public space) is a joint effort between the Goethe-Institut in Addis Abeba and various Ethiopian artists from different disciplines. Already running in its 3rd annual edition, the festival offers a new perspective to what life in the city can be about. Through art and culture, from spontaneous interventions over participatory performances to Street Art and Fine Art, Ethiopia’s creative minds invite everyone to come together for one week to make Addis Abeba bloom in new colors, shapes, scents, scales, and textures.

Born out of the conviction that art is not a luxury but a cultural necessity, Tibeb be Adebabay takes the imaginary worlds of art to the streets to make them accessible to everyone. People of all walks of life are given the opportunity to visit the festival’s trademark Suks (Amharic for shop or kiosk) and to discover new skills, to broaden their horizon, and to make new experiences.

The Suks can be found at various prominent public spaces in the city, offering a daily program where visitors can engage with the artists, the places, and the people.

Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba


Here is the project page of Tibeb be Adebabay
Please find the schedule for Tibeb be Adebabay 2019 here 
Please find the Tibeb be Adebabay 2019 Newspaper here   

For general updates follow the Goethe-Institut on Facebook:

For the latest updates follow our Facebook events:
Festival  https://www.facebook.com/events/346183309403779/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1557217087202010 
Tibeb Sunday https://www.facebook.com/events/1999280437033374/
Closing & Panel Discussion https://www.facebook.com/events/389482725228107/
Exhibition https://www.facebook.com/events/1207226022772150/

For any inquiries and comments, please send an e-mail to  tibebbeadebabay@gmail.com

Take a look at the photos below as well as the video by filmmaker Hiwot Admasu for some impressions from previous Tibeb be Adebabay editions:

The Tibeb be Adebabay newspapers provide information on the previous programs and artists. Here are the newpapers from the previous years

Newspaper 2017
Newspaper 2018

Photo Quech Quech © Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba PHOTO QUECH QUECH -

The photography practice in Ethiopia is constantly growing, but many still find it strange to see professionals moving around the city with a camera on their necks. The photo project "Foto Quech Quech" offered passers-by in Addis Ababa free photo portraits and lessons on how to take better pictures with the smartphone. The portraits were shot in various places such as Piassa, Arat Kilo, Bole, Megenagna and at train stations.

Echoing Addis © Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba FORM, SPACE AND ORDER — ECHOING ADDIS
The Suk engaged urban dwellers of Addis and stimulated their creativity by offering basic teachings in architecture and urban design. Visitors were given the chance to indicate their favorite places as well as major challenges in Addis Abeba by locating them on a map and providing comments. Thus, the map illustrated the most beloved and most challenging places of the city as perceived by the participants

Little Creative Centre © Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba THE LITTLE CREATIVE CENTER —

The Little Creative Center (LCC) provided a free space within and around the Suk for children and youth to materialize their ideas and express their feelings. The Little Creative Center engaged their participants along with interested residents in different artistic ways, such as painting, photography, performance art/theatre, singing and dancing

Jazzamba © Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba MUSIC — BE PART OF IT!
Students and teachers of Addis Abeba’s Jazzamba School of Music took turns in group and solo performances and invited visitors to play on their instruments. For four days, the musicians performed their works and gave short introductions to their instruments, including drums, saxophone, guitar, bass and keyboards. Especially non-musicians, were given the chance to play together and to experience how it is like to be part of a band.

In cooperation with:  
The Urban Center, City Government of Culture and Tourism Bureau, Federal Ministry of Health, und Addis Abeba City Roads Authority. Diese Veranstaltung wird von der Europäischen Union unterstützt.  

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