The Multicultural Choir has it’s first ever performance!  It is taking place at the International Women’s Day Bazaar on Saturday 9th March at the Corn Exchange in Exeter.

This event has been organised by Devon United Women and it is part of their International Women’s Day month celebrations.   We will be having a singing session before the performance to run through the songs chosen for the event, which can be listened to at the following link: IWD Performance Songs

So,  if you would like to come along and perform with us then please contact us for further details.

IWD Bazaar


The third session of the multicultural choir will take place on February 16th, 2013.  The location of this session will be The Generator, 11-15 Dixs Field, Exeter, EX1 1QY.  The session will run from 2pm – 5pm and it is open to all ages, with no singing experience required.

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Ethiopian New Year Celebration

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ethiopian New Year Celebration

Come and celebrate Ethiopia’s New Year at Poltimore House to welcome in 2004!

On Tuesday 13th September between 6-8.30pm there will celebrations aplenty, including:

  • Coffee Ceremony
  • Flower making for gift offerings
  • Hoya Hoye Song around fire pit
  • Ethiopian Music
Singing & Dancing in Ethiopia

Singing & Dancing in Ethiopia

  • Plus: Bring a cultural dish to share


  • Film showing of ‘Utopia of Ethiopia’ Documentary on the Awra Amba community


Ethiopian New Year Poster

Organised by Exeter-Ethiopia Link and Active Citizens Exeter.

The Exeter Cultural Partnership is a growing collection of organisations with a mission to contribute to a city where a rich cultural life enriches the experience of everyone living, working in & visiting Exeter. The Culture Collective Event is focused on understanding what can be achieved through collective working and sets a platform for cultural organisations to work together across Exeter to create a collaborative culture offer for the city that has true partnership at its core.


Since the original “Adapt to Survive, Collaborate to Thrive” meeting in November 2010, a steering committee formed at that meeting has been working to take Exeter Cultural Partnership forward. The Culture Collective Event will present the results of the Steering Group’s activities and will ask all those interested in culture in the city to contribute to, comment on and promote the Partnership’s future activity.

For the agenda to this event see the web link below

Belmont Chapel, Exeter


Wednesday 22nd June from 7pm-9pm

A chance to reflect and celebrate the achievements of the project, and input into and get involved in the legacy it will leave on our region.

With huge thanks for the people of Exeter, their warm hospitality and thoughtful hosting for our Ethiopian team’s return visit to Exeter, we invite you to a celebration and reflection evening, where you can understand the impact your part of the project made, and contribute ideas and recommendations for future Social Action Projects. The final phase of the project is applying the earning to make an impact locally, while being globally connected, so we need to engage with you as local Active Citizens!

Ethiopian Children by Clive Chilvers

Ethiopian Children by Clive Chilvers

Some feedback from the team was that they now have a deeper understanding of the voluntary sector and how they can make a difference; they experienced love from host families and local people, banishing their preconceptions, that ‘people in every street are as busy as a bee’, and that ‘countries should support each other’. They also made some recommendations for how to make our communities stronger, which the Devon team have been working on and will continue to do so, hopefully with your help and input.

Share some Ethiopian refreshments with us.

Please RSVP to: as places are limited.

The Exeter Active Citizens cultural exchange programme started off with the drama of a local election count for some Ethiopian visitors, courtesy of Exeter Green Party. British council representative Dagnachew Desta and President of the Addis Ababa Youth organisation, Yohannes Tassew both joined Exeter Green Party to experience stages of the verification and counting process on May 5th.

Asking about political engagement in Ethiopia by young people I was told that youth organisations actively engaged the youth in politics and aim to make political materials available to the growing youth population. Yohannes said, “young people [in Ethiopia] want to vote and find out all they need to to make their voting decision”

In terms of process Dagnachew gave his impression:

“… They went on for the next 8 days with 10 other Ethiopians to Explore  aspects of Exeter’s community life including visits to city social projects, Organic farms and the Organic Arts project, Exeter’s Phonic Fm and the community centre in Wonford. The visit was the second leg of the social action project that began with a visit of Exeter Active Citizens to Ethiopia during March.I only knew of Labour and Conservative Parties in British politics, but I had seen that there are many political Parties out there observing the counting and waiting the result anxiously: men, women, young and old are active in politics. I am impressed by the dedication of those who were counting each and every vote with extra vigilance and great care while all eyes were on the vote counting.”

Ethiopian Delegation on Exeter\’s Phonic FM