(Photo: Anteneh Aklilu)

Addis Video Art Festival held its 3rd edition in Addis Ababa from December 27 2019 to January 1, 2020 with the theme ‘MUTUAL PERIPHERY.’ Eighteen international artists have been participating from 11 countries.
Addis Video Art Festival intends to provide a platform for innovative video art. The seven day art festival had screen throughout the city in a variety of public centers and art centers including Alliance Ethio Francaise and the closing was at Jimma Tej Bet. The festival has been sharing video art in both conventional and non-conventional settings to reach both the artist community and the everyday passerby which aims to create a dialogue between local, and international artists by encouraging digital media culture.
According to the founder Ezra Wube, the theme ‘Mutual periphery’ intends to reflect the reopened of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea after 20 years of shutdown following a war with more than 70,000 fatalities. These sister countries were once a unified nation, sharing history, culture and language, the only two countries in the world to follow the thirteen month Julian calendar, he added. In response to this historic moment the festival seeks videos shorts that examine ideas and interpretations of ‘Mutual Periphery’.