Friday 20 July 2012

World Bank Africa Region arts go athletic

After its two years Africa Now art exhibition project, which ended in 2008, World Bank continues its promotion of creativity of African origin as an Ethiopian work is scheduled to hold on Thursday, July 26 at World Bank building in Washington, DC.
  Under World Bank Africa Region, the film project titled Town of Runners feature documentary about young runners from Bekoji – an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu. 

In 2008, Nigeria’s Deola Sagoe featured in art and fashion shows organized under the Africa Now theme at the same venue.

The film Town of Runners documents the story of two young girls Alemi and Hawii striving to emulate their local heroes as they make the journey from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood.

In a three-year period from – 2008 to 2011 – Alemi and Hawii strive to become professional runners. 
A clip from Town of Runners
The film also highlights a former elementary school Physical Education instructor, Sentayehu Eshetu, who discovered and trained several of the country’s top runners such as Africa’s first female Olympic gold medalist Derartu Tulu. 

The World Bank’s Africa Now! was organized in partnership with Dak’Art, Senegal with selection preference given to emerging artists. 

Last April, another World Bank art project About Change featured more than 100 pieces of artworks by emerging artists from or living in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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