In Ethiopia, an International Sports festival held in conjunction with the country's May Day celebrations, ended with vidid displays of dancing.
MV: First armed forces band, PULL BACK TO GV stadium and crowd.
MV PULL BACK TO GV: Gambella boys and girls give display as Ethiopian and Russian flags brought in. (3 SHOTS)
MV PULL BACK TO GV: Wallyetta men and women parade on to stadium grounds.
MV PULL BACK TO GV: Gambella natives and Wallyetta giving joint display.
MV: Sedamu performers dancing onto grounds.
GV: Wallyetta natives dancing.
GV: Sedamu dancers performing ancient dance routine. (4 SHOTS)
GV: Gambella natives dancing in centre stadium.
MV PULL BACK TO GV: Wallyetta dancers.
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Background: In Ethiopia, an International Sports festival held in conjunction with the country's May Day celebrations, ended with vidid displays of dancing.
SYNOPSIS: At the Addis Ababa Stadium, the first Armed Forces Band started the day's proceedings with a programme of what was described as "Revolutionary Music".
Attention was then focused on a group of boys and girls from the Gambella province, near Ethiopia's border with Sudan. The Ethiopian News Agency reported the closing ceremony marked the end of a sports festival which "had gone deep into the hearts of participants and spectators alike".
The guiding force of the festival was the All-Ethiopian Trade Organisation, which had invited guests from many Eastern European countries. They enjoyed a combined display from Gambella natives and people from Wallyetta in southern Ethiopia whose efforts were cited, by the Ethiopian News Agency, as example of the unity and solidarity ignited by the week-long festival.
Ethiopia has behind it two thousands years of continuous existence as a nation -- though her frontiers have varied a great deal throughout that time. So a wide variety of distinctive ethnic cultures have evolved in this ancient land, which is proud of its indigenous tribal dances. These have taken on many distinctive patterns because of the isolation in which different parts of the country have lived for so long.
The Ethiopian news agency said the festival had left behind 'indelible impressions of socialist solidarity, and the great upeavel of masses in general and the working classes in particular.