Addis Abeba city Administration about Northern Nation Park Much can be learnt from the neighboring East African countries hosting dance festivals annually in their home country. While Ethiopia’s government has not made a plan to subsidize this kind of initiative, Mr. Aweke, Public & International Relations Director at the Ministry of Culture & Tourism says “here are so many Ethiopian dancers who come to us for a letter of recommendation to go abroad to perform their work and we constantly give them this support technically.”
In July 2010 Rwanda played host to a week-long dance festival that attracted over 10 participating countries from all over the world. According to Mr John Gara, the Chief Executive of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the event attracted over 500 participants worldwide. “Among other things, RDB is mandated to promote tourism and this is one way of promoting tourism and attracting more cultural tourists into Rwanda. We are doing this in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports and Culture,” Mr Gara said.
Independent Ethiopian dancers are mainly subsidized by Cultural Institutes such as Alliance Ethio-Francaise and Goethe institut who recognize that the public will benefit from contemporary dance experiences. Making these small steps each year to include dance on their agenda becomes yet a significant stepping stone for professional Ethiopian dancers
Independent choreographer and dancer, Mintesinot Getachew was chosen by the German based choreographer Sasha Waltz, to lead a project called ‘Dance Move -Urban Space’ in February 2011. The initiative was supported by Goethe Institut. The aim was to enable the growing community of emerging dancers to work together in circus, martial arts, traditional or hip-hop dance, and receive a contemporary dance training that would culminate in a film which was eventually screened at the National Theatre. “It was a very intense process which took two months to search for talented dancers. We auditioned over 300 dancers and 25 of them were chosen for the project,’ Mintesinot told this magazine