Ethiopian Heritage Festival Kicks off Tonight in Silver Spring

የኢትዮጵያዊነት ውርስና ቅርስ ማኅበረሰብ በሰሜን አሜሪካ

P.O. Box 56415 Washington, DC 20040-6415
Phone: 301-706-3162

For immediate release July 25, 2014

The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) 4th annual summer festival will officially start tonight, July 25th, 2014 at 6pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The much anticipated 4th Annual Festival is a showcase of a variety of cultural and social activities. Dignitaries, Guests of Honor and community leaders will grace the three-day event which is open for the public.

Mr. Obang Metho will be the keynote speakers at the kick-off ceremony that will be held tonight between 6pm and 10pm at 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910.Captain Guta Dinka( also known as “ The Savior of Nelson Mandela” and Captain Mamo Habtewold, an Ethiopian Veteran of the Korean War, and will also be in attendance.

In addition to entertainment, art, music and soccer, the three-day event includes a panel discussion on Ethiopian customs and traditions and kids programs. The Panel Discussion will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 2 pm at The Residence Inn by Marriott in Rosslyn, 1651 Oak Street, Arlington, VA 22209. Fetawrari Mekonnen Dorie, Mr. Obang Metho and Fekade Shewakena will be the panelists. Dr. Shakespear Feyissa (Esq.) and Yeshitela Araya will facilitate the panel discussion.

On Saturday July 26th, the field show starts at noon (12:00 pm) at Georgetown University (GTU) Multi-Sport Field where free parking is available. We will have sports, entertainment (Ethiopian cultural music), and activities for kids. Our vendors will serve your needs be it with food or dry goods.

On the closing day, Sunday, July 27th, the show starts at noon at GTU Multi-Sport field. We will be featuring full band Reggae and Ethiopian music with prominent singers, such as Tigist Fantahun, Tsegaye Eshetu, Mahari Degefaw, Seyoum Moges and Shambel Belayneh.

For more information and to check our past events, please check our website If you have questions or concerns you can send us an email at

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