A festival worth noting, Crossing Boundaries in Addis

Crossing Boundaries Festival and Conference is to be held in Addis from September 24 – 27, 2015. It is organized by Ethiopian Theater Professionals Association (ETPA) with the collaboration of AAU college of Performing and Visual Arts, Ethiopian National Theatre & Sundance Institute’s East African Theatre Program Ethiopian Alumni.
The festival is part of fifteen festivals held all over the world by Performance Studies International (PSI). “Performances won’t just be entertainment but opportunities to think, and explore thoughts of Pan-Africanism” said Surafel Wondimu, International Relations of the event.
‘’We used to wait for westerners to come and conduct such events and when they go we don’t keep them up, but now we believe we can do it independently and responsibly,” said Azeb worku, Artistic Director of the Festival
Performers from ten different countries will gather to perform at the  festival. There will be nineteen performances twelve from abroad and the rest to be performed by local artists.  Meaza Worku, Program Director said that the Festival and Conference will include a variety of events such as Photograph Exhibitions, Food Art Performance, Visual Art, traditional Ethiopian dance and poetic Jazz. In addition, there will be presentations and discussion on various topics related to art in the region.
Nebiyu Baye from Addis Ababa University also added that the festival and conference will help students see theatre from a new perspective and learn about theatrical arts beyond the confines of the classroom.