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Embassy of Musical Mastery @ Russian Embassy, Pushkin Center

Organized by St Petersburg Music House and Rossotrudnichestvo, a concert dubbed "Embassy of Musical Mastery" by Alexei Morozov (flute), Vladimir Pinyalov (trumpet) and Nikolai Saratovsky (piano) was held in Addis Ababa on June 7 and 8.

Embassy of Musical Mastery a project of St. Petersburg Music House and Rossotrudnichestvo, which has been held since 2012 and includes visiting meet-the-artist events of leading Russian musicians, as well as tours of young soloists at Russian Centers of Science and Culture.

The soloists performed at the Russian Embassy on June 7 on Alexander Pushkin`s birthday followed by another performance at the Russian Center for Science and Culture.

Alexei Melnikov is a graduate of Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. Vladimir Pinyalov, student of Moscow Conservatory is the winner of International Savely Orlov Music Contest-Festival (Samara, 2014) and International Competition of Performers on Wind and Instruments (Togliatti, 2016).

Nikolai Saratovsky, a draduate of Мoscow Conservatory, is the winner of International Competition «Arcangelo Speranza» (Italy, 2014).

Teddy Afro, Gebregziabher Gebremariam join UNICEF’s Super Dads

Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Ethiopia’s Teddy Afro and Gebregziabher Gebremariam joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched today to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.

With more than 90 countries celebrating Fathers’ Day this month, the initiative invites families to post photos and videos of what it takes to be ‘super dads,’ using the hashtag #EarlyMomentsMatter on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. To inspire families across the world to share their ‘super dads’ moments, photos and videos of UNICEF ambassadors and supporters who have got behind the campaign will be posted on UNICEF’s Instagram and Twitter, and featured on the campaign’s gallery.

“Children need the love of their parents more than anything,” Teddy said. Gebregziabher on his part calls for fathers to spend more time with their children.

Tibeb be Adebabay finale @ Goethe

Tibeb be Adebabay, a project that brought art to public spaces of the city and into the people’s daily lives, ends on June 10 at the Goethe-Institut.

In May and June 2017, ten local artist groups toured Addis Ababa to present their work in public places of the city and engage visitors into artistic performances. The idea behind “Tibeb be Adebabay” has been that culture is not a luxury for those who can afford it, but a necessity for everyone.

However, many people in Addis do not have access to the cultural centres, to good books and musical instruments. Therefore, the festival brought art and culture into people’s daily lives. And so they did - at ten cultural Suks located from Sidist Kilo to Jemo, from Merkato to Bole.

The end will be celebrated with an exhibition displaying the artworks created during the project. Besides, a film about Tibeb be Adebabay will be shown for the first time and there will be live music.

International Day of Yoga @ Intercontinental

The Embassy of India will be observing the 3rd International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 17 at Intercontinental Hotel.

Yoga, which is part of India’s ancient heritage and is practiced in various forms around the world, provides for a holistic approach to health and well-being. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Recognizing its benefits as well as its universal appeal, the UN general assembly had declared on 11 December 2014 that June 21 would be the International Day of Yoga.

As in earlier years, the IDY will be celebrated this year by bringing together people from various walks of life at one venue to practice Yoga and to create awareness about its benefits. This gathering of more than 1,000 people would also benefit from advice and guidance of Yoga experts and teachers.

The event is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and celebrate Yoga as a common universal heritage.