The 2015 Ethiopian Diaspora Festival to Open Today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Schedule Included)

The first ever Ethiopian Diaspora Festival will open today, August 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Millennium Hall, near Bole International Airport. The festival, scheduled for five days (August 12 to 16), is geared towards engaging the Diaspora to participate in the development of the country.

Several speakers are scheduled to share their experiences and leaders of the country are also expected to address the crowd. By noon today, there were thousands of people trying to register at the hall. Those who pre-registered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office can avoid the lineup and go to the badge collection desk and claim their “Participant” ID card.

Provided that there is an Internet access at the hall, we will tweet live using our twitter handle ethioabaybc –

The high level schedule is as follows (East African Time, EAT):

Wednesday, August 12, 2015:

  • 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Registration;
  • 2:00 PM – Opening

Thursday, August 13, 2015:

  • 8:30 AM – GTP1 and GTP2 Discussion

Friday, August 14, 2015:

  • 8:30 AM – Panel Discussion

Saturday, August 15, 2015:

  • 8:00 AM – Visit Addis Ababa and Bishoftu

Sunday, August 16, 2015:

  • 2:00 AM – Closing

We have also been informed that a visit to the GERD site and/or Gilgel Gibe site will be arranged after the festival is completed; sometime next week.

We will update this schedule as it becomes available.

Happy event to everyone, and we sincerely thank those who organized this event!

We look forward to attending this historic event!!!