Ethiopia: Artists Vow to Further Strengthen Unity in Diversity

Addis Ababa — Artists who took part in the 13th Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day promised to teach Ethiopians to recognize the integrative power of diversity as a source of unity and peaceful coexistence.

NNP Day was celebrated at national level by about 25,000 at Addis Ababa Stadium this morning.

During the event, artists performed traditional dances that demonstrated the beauty of the diverse nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia.

Ras Theater Director, Meron Teshale told ENA that art has a power to strengthen unity in diversity and show diversity as a source of peace and harmony.

Poems, drama, music, and dance, among others, are important instruments to teach the people about the beauty of diversity with few words and through entertainment, she added.

"We should work hard to show our fantastic culture to the world," Meron said, adding that this would attract more tourists.

An actor in Ras Theatre, Zenebu Gessese said the diversified culture is inclined to peace and coexistence.

The government should give due attention to the arts as art is an incredible instrument in enhancing unity in diversity, she stressed.

The vocalist Amsale Mitike said "I am thrilled to see the diversified cultures" under one umbrella.

Celebrating this day is important to share cultural experiences that develop tolerance and unity.

She stressed that "(artists) should work together to inspire the sense of being Ethiopian within diversity in the minds of every citizen."

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