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WCC Creative Skills launches in Ethiopia

WCC Creative Skills training programme for artists and creative practitioners has launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in partnership with the Africa Centre. The successful participants were initiated into the programme with an intensive workshop session from 11-13 November 2015 with Mary Helen Young of Visiting Arts and Lead Trainer Tom Porter of Lake of Stars, as well as the assistance of lead contact for Ethiopia, Abel Asrat, at Iceaddis. Get ready to hear more from this talented group! 

On Friday 13th November at Jupiter Hotel, Bole, alongside the training, the inaugural WCC Creative Networks Event hosted by Visiting Arts and The Africa Centre took place, involving a discussion around ‘How can we make creativity pay for Ethiopian artists creative and the cultural sector?’. Tom Porter and Mary Helen Young were joined by eminent speakers, Meskerem Assegued, International Curator and Founder of ZCAC, Alison Primrose, Writer and Director of Arts and Partnerships, British Council Ethiopia, Metesabia Yoseph of Addis Design Week and Director, Producer and Composer, Dicken Marshall of Rafiki Publishing. This event was an opportunity for artists, creatives and leading figures from Ethiopia’s cultural industries to network and share experiences of working internationally. The afternoon event also allowed the Creative Skills participants to reflect upon what they are engaging with and to further explore their professional ambitions, among like-minded professionals and key stakeholders in the arts.


Creative Skills is part the Culture Works Connections programme from Visiting Arts, which is funded by the ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors, financed by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of States, and aims to build a community and lasting network of creative businesses in more than fifteen countries in the Pacific, the Caribbean and Africa over three years from 2014-2017.


Click here for the summary of activities on Storify. See the photos from the training intensive on Facebook and keep up to date with the participants news on WCC. Follow the programme on Twitter using the hashtag #WCCtraining.


You will soon be able to browse arts practitioners and organisations in the new WCC Directory for Ethiopia.


WCC Creative Skills Participants, Ethiopia

Abel Tilahun, Artist

Agegnehu Adane Dilnesahu, Artist

Emmanuel Jeyachandran, Agriculutral Transformation Agency

Helen Asfaw, Selam Ethiopia

Jemil Kedir, ADCOL

Michael Atsbeha, Filmmaker

Mihret Kebede, Artist/ Netsa Art village/ Mento arts PLC

Robele Asmelash, Artist

Sefanit Mesfin-Champagne, Munit/ Care Events and Communication

Tesfaye Weldemedhin, Writer

Yohannes Balcha, Jay Graphixs


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