Entertainment in Addis Ababa

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    Destino Dance Company

    This innovative social project trains young local dancers from underprivileged backgrounds (including some with disabilities) in traditional Ethiopian dance. They put on occasional performances (check the website for details) and have plans for a new dance festival in 2017. They also run classes in Ethiopian contemporary dance.

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    Yewedale

    Thanks to some of the city’s best azmaris (local minstrels who improvise amusing poetry and songs) performing here, Yewedale is resoundingly popular and you may have trouble finding a seat. The sign is in Amharic only, but it’s opposite the Samsung shop and next to the Canon shop.

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    Fendika Azmari Bet

    This azmari bet rivals any in Addis. It’s littered with Ethiopian cultural items and always offers a good time (whether you understand what's going on or not). They also do live jazz as well as DJ-spun Ethiopian music.

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    La Gazelle Piano Bar

    This dark and moody bar has live jazz every night and it's far more mellow than most other Addis nightspots, even after the band finishes and a DJ takes over.

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    Alliance Éthio-Française d’Addis-Abeba

    As is almost always the case with French cultural centres, this centre hosts an exciting and diverse range of art-house films, experimental theatre, gallery exhibitions, opera and world music. There’s also a French-language library, French lessons and, for French speakers, Amharic lessons.

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    Ambassador Cinema

    An institution, this central cinema puts on the usual diet of action-packed and slightly passé Hollywood movies. Films are shown daily in three sessions.

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    City Hall Theatre & Cultural Centre

    A plush 1000-seat place in the Piazza, which shows productions on Tuesday and Friday. Sometimes there’s traditional Ethiopian music on public holidays.

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    National Theatre

    This impressive building, with its massive marble and bronze entrance hall (and the odd pigeon), hosts theatre most weekends at 5pm.

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    Matti Multiplex

    The multiplex cinema inside the Edna Mall shows all the big-ticket Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and local films, including those in 3D.

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    Hager Fikir Theatre

    Hager Fikir occasionally stages theatre, musicals and dancing.