Ethiopia's new Revolution Square -- inaugurated in September on the anniversary of the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie -- is being used for the performance of plays depicting various aspects of the revolution.
MV Tribal dancers
MV Revolutionary dance
CU Women singers
GV Dancers with audience in background
MV Dancers depicting armed forces
Film shows, crowds during the theatre shows. long shots through the theatre showing the performance. The Hager Fikir Theatre singing man and woman, a song for national work campaign. more shots on audience, applause. various shots audience looking at the play. a play of the Welllame warir Mellame is about 300 k.m south of the capital.the warir holding spear, one ??? man biting the drums. the women singing and dancing, .
another song and players the farmers associations song.they are showing how farmers working on their lands, later also the armies showed by singing that they are behind the farmers.
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Background: Ethiopia's new Revolution Square -- inaugurated in September on the anniversary of the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie -- is being used for the performance of plays depicting various aspects of the revolution.
The stadium is nicknamed "Red Square", partly because of the red subsoil on which it is built.
The huge asphalt parade ground costing two million Ethiopian dollars (GBP400,000 sterling) was literally carved out of the centre of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The Hager Fikir Theatre regularly gives free performances of plays depicting the country's folklore as well as events since the revolution for crowds of up to 40,000 people.
The country's new socialist government says the plays are designed to inform Ethiopia's public of the achievements of the new leadership.
The military government came to power on 13 September, 1974, when it overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie in a coup d'etat.
The former Emperor died one week before the anniversary of his overthrow.
One of the plays, the Farmers Association Song, shows farmers working the land, and the armed forces later showing their support for the farmers.
SYNOPSIS: The new Revolution Square in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where plays depicting the achievements of the new socialist military of the government are staged, sometimes in front of crowds of up to forty thousand people. The performances are a public service to the people of the capital and are free. The stadium was build for the anniversary celebrations of the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie. It has been nicknamed "Red Square", partly because of the red subsoil on which it is built.
The huge asphalt stadium which was literally carved out of the centre of Addis Ababa, cost four hundred thousand pounds sterling. The Plays being staged reflect the socialist influence of the new military government, which had celebrated with speeches and parades, the ousting of Haile Selassie on September the thirteenth, nineteen seventy four. The former Emperor died, apparently of a prostate gland disorder, at the age of eighty three, one week before the celebrations.
Outwardly, Ethiopia hasn't much to celebrate or demonstrate to the outside world. The drought which ravaged the north in nineteen seventy four,and indirectly led to the downfall of the old regime, devastated the south in nineteen seventy-five. To the north, the war in Eritrea continued, flaring every few weeks in bloody battle. But away from the starvation and battle, the actors perform this play, the farmers Association Song, which depicts farmers working the land, and the armed forces later showing their support for the farmers.
The Revolution square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was inaugurated by the chairman of the Provisional Military Government, Gen. Tefri Banti on Sept. 12. 1975.
The primary aim of the construction of the square was to give public services to the inhabitants of the capital. Now for the first time the Hager Fikir Theatre is presenting an open air folkloric performance to a mass of 40,000 people ??? and old free of charge. The songs are mainly revolutionary and inform the public what socialist Ethiopia has ??? since the revolution.