[Image credits: Design Week Addis Ababa]
Design Week Addis Ababa (DWAA) is the latest edition to Africa’s wider creative calendar. The annual event launches this weekend – 12-13 December – at the Mosaic Hotel near Bole Medhanealem, Addis Ababa. DWAA is the initiative of creative director Metasebia Yoseph who seeks to shine the spotlight on Ethiopia’s contemporary creative talent, from technology, fashion and textiles, food and gastronomy, architecture, industrial design, interiors, graphic design, and art.
I believe that Ethiopia has yet to scratch the surface of its immense and vast creative potential. It is clear that we must begin to openly explore our creative and innovative capacities and imagine a renewed future. We need to construct a vision of greater possibilities. – Metasebia Yoseph, founder/director DWAA
Through DWAA Metasebia hopes to create an international platform for leading and emerging designers, artisans and artists to connect, and help position Addis Ababa as a global design capital. Working in partnership with a host of local and international organisations DWAA will also develop a range of programmes to help foster local innovation and creative economies throughout the East African region, and will include lectures, workshops and training.
For further information about Design Week Addis Ababa visit: http://designweekaa.org