ARA Exhibition Opening

Rock Art and Pan-African Renaissance, Ethiopia, May 2013

TARA and CBAAC organized a colloquium and exhibition of African rock art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

ARA Exhibition Opening
At the official opening of the ARA exhibition at the AU headquaters in Ethiopia, from left, Nigerian Federal of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke and his PS, Ms. Nkechi Ejele, Commissioner for Social Affairs, African Union Commission, H. E Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, among other guest and TARA Executive Chairman, David Coulson (back).

TARA and the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization(CBAAC) organized a colloquium and exhibition on African Rock Art and the Pan African Renaissance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 21-24 May 2013. The colloquium was timed to coincide with the African Union’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations.  Presentations focused on the current situation of rock art in several countries and examinations of rock art can contribute to the Pan African ideals of shared heritage, development  and unity. The participants were drawn from  from Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.  There were representatives from the African Union, UNESCO  and  PANAFSTRAG (Pan- African Strategic and Policy Research Group).  The Hon. Minister, Nigeria Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke officially opened the colloquium and called  for a greater understanding of Africa’s past  and its role in shaping African identities. TARA would like to recognize CBAAC and the Government of Nigeria for their efforts in making this event possible and looks forward to further collaboration.