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The Big Art Sale


This year’s edition of The Big Art Sale, one of the biggest arts shows in Ethiopia is said to be held on April 8 and 9, 2023.
The Big Art Sale is one of the most significant What’s Out! Addis activities, held in collaboration with the Hilton Addis Ababa and partnering with Coca-Cola, BGI Ethiopia, and Dashin Bank.
As indicated on a press conference given by the organizers on March 30, 2023, in its 18th year as the largest art event, The Big Art Sale is anticipating more than 5000 guests in the two days. More than 263 local artists will participate in showcasing their work, gathering a large number of artists under one roof, as the number has increased from 150 artists last year.

(Photo: Anteneh Aklilu)

The organizers have stated that the event will take place in a big, open hall at the Hilton Addis Ababa on Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As indicated, more than 3000 works of art will be displayed for sale under a large tent; each piece will be an original, and visitors will have the chance to also meet the artists themselves.
“A shaded area will be set up under the trees where food and drinks will be sold. Young art lovers and budding artists, accompanying their parents, can be engaged in the Kids’ Corner,” said Rachel Berhane, managing director of Whats Out Addis.
As stated the entrance fee is 200 birr, as the gathering is aimed not only at art enthusiasts but also at families.
“The event’s significance is to support the artistic community, and any proceeds from the gathering will be donated to a nonprofit chosen by all project partners.”
What’s Out Addis has, over the last 18 years, organised some of the most exciting artistic events in Addis Ababa. Under the leadership of Yasser Bagersh, the organisation has helped foster and nurture the artistic community through art exhibitions, art tours, and large-scale art festivals.

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