Ethiopian New Year Celebration

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For Immediate Release: August 23, 2017

The Office of the Arts invites you to celebrate the 2nd annual Ethiopian New Year Celebration on Saturday, September 9 from noon to 5 p.m. (doors open at 11 a.m.) at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St..  

This Alexandria cultural tradition will engage all of your senses: SEE– the colorful decorations and cultural attire; HEAR – the Ethiopian music and rhythms performed by “Dankira,” a troupe of Ethiopian musicians and the “Ethio-American Eskista Group” of dancers who will celebrate the Ethiopia’s tradition while adding creative movements and sounds, along with Ethiopian youth choir singing traditional folk songs; SMELL – the aroma of the Ethiopian coffee, pastries and food; TASTE – Ethiopian culture through enjoying the coffee, food purchases will be available; FEEL – the spirit of the New Year and dance the day away. 

Visit the cultural exhibitions in the lobby/gallery, and participate in the interactive activities and get your name scripted in Amharic/አማርኛ, in the auditorium.  The day will have something for every member of your family.  Plan to come in traditional Ethiopian outfits, and plan to experience a bit of Ethiopia in Alexandria.  Enjoy a bit of Ethiopia in Alexandria!!

Doors will open at 11 a.m., with a “meet and greet in the lobby/gallery.  The formal program begins at noon in the auditorium.   Purchase food, coffee and other items from local Ethiopian restaurants, coffee shops and markets. Tickets are $5 each per person.  Children must be accompanied by one adult.

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The “Ethiopian New Year Celebration” is a collaborative project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.   
For Additional information, contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or email, or visit the Office of the Arts web site at