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Ambassador Karel Hejč opens an exhibition exploring Ethio-Czech relations in the 20th century

On October 1, 2015, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Mr. Karel Hejč opened an exhibition entitled 20th Century Revisited: Relations Between Former Czechoslovakia and Ethiopia. The installation presents the rich history of diplomatic, cultural, and economic engagement between Ethiopians and Czechs from their first historical contacts through the period of former Czechoslovakia until present days. 

The highlights of the Ethio-Czech relations have been the visit of H.I.H. Haile Sellassie I to Prague in 1959 and two visits of Czech Presidents in Ethiopia in 1966 and 1981, respectively. However, the mutual relationship of the two countries can be illustrated by much wider array of Czech personalities (including travellers, entrepreneurs, scientists, as well as military and government advisors who travelled, worked, and lived in Ethiopia) and successful economic projects (including hydroelectric dams, textile and ammunition factories, military hospital, or breweries in Harar and Bedele and most recently also the Raya Brewery in Maichew, Tigray).

The exhibition was prepared by the Centre of African Studies of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Addis Ababa University and the Jimma University in Ethiopia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, who’s representatives also attended the opening ceremony. The exhibition is located at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University (“Ethnological Museum”) and can be visited until October 30, 2015.


Vernisáž výstavy 20th Century Revisited