The development of Cultural Centers

The Ethiopian National Cultural Center and regional cultural centers
Key objectives of the measure:

Studying, enriching, promoting and developing cultural values and features of nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia for social, economic and political development.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

In Ethiopia there are 9 regional states and two city administrations. Under each regional state there are a lot of diversity of cultural expressions. To manage each varieties of culture and art of nations, nationalities and peoples, different organizations are established in their respective regions and in the capital city. For example, Oromo cultural center, Amhara cultural centers, Gurage cultural centers can be mensioned to this regard.

The national institution, called the Ethiopian national cultural center, is a government body  organizing different national and regional art and cultural festivals. The center is mandated to conserve and develop cultural values through researches, technology application, training, litrary and artistic criticisms, memorial forums and organizing events like culture week. On the bases of this mandates, the center is trying to create a platform for regional and national cultural  journalists and artists. It helps as a platform for professionals and society and  to mainstream culture as a vector for development.

The centers in collaboration with other public sectors of the country is promoting, conserving and developing culture and art. One of the achievement of the Ethiopian national cultural center, is  the support it provides for emerging regions.. These perepheral regions are relatively not  well developed like other regions by infrastructure, facility and human resources. Therefore,  the center is supporting each emerging regions (Afar, Somali , Gambela and Benshangul-Gumuz) in various possible ways, for example, providing technical support for the cultural centers in the regions .

The culture week organized in each regional state is a hub for other regional states and city administrations to participate and promote, conserve and develop culture and artistic products, service and activities. In each Platform the center invites not less than 20 participants in average from each reagion. All the participants is showcasing their cultural performances, cultural goods and service for all visitors.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Well documented cultural values and expressions of nations and nationalities.

                                Level of awareness and understanding on each others cultural values and features among nations and nationalities of the country will be increased.

                                Mutual respect and understaning among nations, nationalities and peoples on the basis of equality will be enhanced.

                                  Building of a generation that knows, preserves and participates in its culture.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

financed by the government (NC).

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The organization of multiple culture week festivals through out the country was evaluated to be well done. They need to work more on promotion and research; limited infrastructure and trained human resource was also observed. 

Indicators used to determine impact:
Number of festivals and audience attended.Number of exbitions and audience attended.Number of studies and documentations.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)