Addis Ababa Art, Culture and Entertainment give an overview of the art, festivals, shopping malls, restaurants and nightlife. The culture and entertainment of Addis Ababa also have traces of the Italian and British colonial rule.
Addis Ababa art was mainly dominated by three eminent artists, Gebre Kristos Desta, Afewerk Tekle and Skunder Boghossian. Gebre first introduced the non- figurative art form in Ethiopia while Afewerk introduced contemporary techniques to the content and subject matter of Ethiopian art. The contribution of Skunder is also valued in the Ethiopian art. He contributed a new image to the linear- graphic ancient Ethiopian art. Christian Ethiopian art also dominated the Ethiopian art.
Addis Ababa culture is a blend of colonial and Ethiopian cultures. Being the commercial, industrial and financial hub of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is also a cultural hotspot. Hager Fikir theatre is the oldest
theatre house in Addis Ababa with 70 years of rich cultural heritage. There are also a number of cinema halls, which exhibit both national and international cinemas.
Shopping has been a part of Addis Ababa entertainment. The Mercato in Addis Ababa deserves special mention. It is an open- air market dealing in various types of merchandise. It is also one of the important landmarks of the city.
Restaurants in Addis Ababa serve both Ethiopian and international dishes. Injera, Bozena Shiro, Terai Sega and Kitfo are the recommended Ethiopian delicacies served at the restaurants. Guests may also enjoy other international cuisines at the restaurants. Coffee is a popular beverage of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa entertainment essentially centers round the vibrant nightlife of the city. Some of the nightclubs in Addis Ababa are Memo, Club Deep, Bailamos, The Black Rose, Gaslight and Meda Sports Bar and Grill.