16 January 2019 - 10 Shevat 5779 - י' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ט
8th Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Arts Festival delights audiences E-mail

The eighth annual Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Arts Festival started on 6 December and will run until 28 December.

This unique festival presents multifaceted traditional Ethiopian culture in the fields of music, theatre and dance, and provides an encounter
with Israeli culture and the fascinating links forged through collaboration between artists of the Ethiopian community and other Israeli artists.

The gala opening performance of the 2017 festival featured Getish Mamo, one of the most popular vocal artists in Ethiopia today, accompanied by the Israeli-Ethiopian Tesafe ensemble. Mamo has composed over 300 songs for a variety of Ethiopian vocalists, and his performances generally include songs from the Golden Age of Ethiopian music (the 60s and 70s, prior to the coup by the military junta) in new arrangements combining traditional Ethiopian instruments with modern Western ones.

Once again this year, the programme offers a rich variety of performances displaying the cultural wealth and inspiring beauty of Ethiopian arts, both traditional and contemporary. The programme’s closing performance will bring together three virtuosos, Abate Barihun, Yair Dalal and Yossi Fein, who will perform their songs in surprising new arrangements; a special evening with Tezeta, the first Israeli-Ethiopian music ensemble of its kind; performances by hip-hop-rap duo Strong Black Coffee; singer Aveva Dese and her band Ground Heights; a dance performance by the Beta Troupe; standup comedy, and a new original production by the Hullegeb Theater Ensemble.

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