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Youth Book Fair to Bring Readers & Writers Together

ADDIS ABABA – Alliance Ethio-Française of Addis Ababa, the first foreign cultural institution established in the capital in 1907, is set to host its first youth book fair and other festivities, beginning this weekend. 

Alliance says the Youth Book Fair will bring together hundreds of people around their passion for reading as well as multiple fun activities.  

The cultural institute will welcome nearly 19 authors, 21 illustrators, 6 publishing houses, and 5 storytellers from Ethiopia and French-speaking African countries. 

A one-of-a-kind multimedia exhibition “KUBUNI” presenting the history of comics in Africa is a part of the book fair’s program organized in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Ethiopia. Comics art was already born several centuries ago in Ethiopia, particularly within religious iconography represented through magic scrolls.

The event is “intended to be fun and festive and will offer a space for discovering books, in particular several popular Ethiopian children’s books translated from French into Amharic,” says the French cultural institute. 

Ethiopian artistic companies Nu Chika Enabuka and Fekat Circus as well as a female puppet firm “Bouam” from Togo are also expected to provide various entertainment shows to attendants. 

 This fair will be held from the 9th to the 17th of December, 2022 within the Alliance premises located in the historic district of Piassa, as well as within the new municipal media library “Abrehot”.

Book Fair’s Programs

The weekends of December 10th and 11th as well as Saturday, December 17th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will take place a large number of activities open to the public on prior registration for some. 

These activities include:  

– Stands where books in French, Amharic, and English, will be sold 

– The KUBUNI exhibition, tracing the history of comics in Africa, 

– Outdoor games  

– Cinema screenings, short and feature films of book adaptations and or of African origin 

– Grafitti workshops led by Ethiopian artists 

– A Slam concert performed by the students of the Lycee Franco-Ethiopian Guebre Mariam 

– Workshops led by illustrators, 

– An Azmari concert  

– The Togolese puppet show “The parade of Abalo” by the female puppet company Bouam from TOGO, raises awareness about environmental issues in Africa.

– a concert of Nasibo a Harare-based musician who plays the Mbira instrument from Zimbabwe 

Finally, the Alliance Ethio-Française will inaugurate its newly renovated library “Amde Akalework” on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022.  The library is named after the illustrious former Alliance Ethio-Française president who officiated for nearly 22 years.

“We will have the pleasure of inaugurating the new youth section, the volume of which has almost doubled with nearly 6,000 books distributed by age group,”  the cultural institute said.  The adult section is scheduled for renovation in 2023.