The Home Away from Home- Ethiopian & Eritrean Art Project is an experimental art installation and festival featuring artists from the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of the Bay Area, culminating in a week-long art happening Sept 7-13 and FINALE FESTIVAL DAY Sept 14th, 2014. The festival is centered around this year's Eritrean and Ethiopian New Year (Sept 11, 2014). We are building a traditional home that will function as a popup gallery for visual arts and performance. We are a project of YBCA-In-Community.

  • Sept 7th:
    • 10 am - 8 pm. Building the Home/Gojo/Adgo
  • Sept 8th:
    • 10 am - 8 pm. Art installation day.
  • Sept 9th:
    • 10 am - 8 pm. Gallery Hours! Stop by to check out the Home/Gojo/Adgo, as well as artwork commissioned by our ten artists....
  • Sept 10th: 
    • 10 am - 6 pm, Gallery Hours. 
    • 6 pm - 8 pm, Artists Q&A. Stop by to meet the artists, learn about the process of creating artwork based on Taxi Stories from the Ethiopian and Eritrean community of drivers. 
  • Sept 11th, NEW YEARS DAY!
    • 10 am - 6 pm, Gallery Hours
    • 6 pm - midnight, Celebration @Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland. One block from the Home. 
    • 6-7 pm - Writers and poets salon
    • 7-8 pm - Film shorts
    • 8 pm - Happy hour beverage tasting with drinks sourced from Ethiopia/Eritrea.
    • 9 pm - midnight dancing with drinks and sounds from Ethiopia/Eritrea. 
  • Sept 12th
    • 10 am - 8 pm, Gallery Hours + School Visits
  • Sept 13th
    • Enkutatash at Mosswood Park!

Sept 14th - FESTIVAL DAY!!!!

  • MUSIC PERFORMANCES by Gabriel Teodros, CopperWire, Melted States, Zena Konjo, and more! Stage powered by Rock the Bike Pedal Power.
  • UMBRELLA PAINTING: Arts and Crafts for kids and families
    • 12 pm - 6 pm.  Umbrellas have a special significance in Ethiopia and Eritrea. They are used ceremonially, but are also a simple shelter from the sun. Join us in a multicolored umbrella painting activity for children and families. Umbrellas will be given away to participating families towards the end of the Sunday Festival finale event. 
  • BRAIDING AS SCULPTURE COMPETITION:
    • 1 to 6 PM. The Braiding As Sculpture competition recognizes that braiding is a three dimensional art which maps ideas of geometry, design aesthetics and beauty on to the pallet of the body. Through bringing the often informal act of braiding to a "live" context, we transform it into performance and installation happening in real time.
    • We are seeking braiders from all over the Bay Area to braid designs inspired by the cultures and braiding traditions of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Braider's can be from anywhere, with any level of formal or informal hair experience. 
    • Please bring your creativity and experimentation, a hair model whom you will braid, and any picks, clips, bobby pins you will need. Chairs will be provided. A panel of judges will determine the winners.
    • First prize will win a 3-D printed model of your winning braid style. In other words, we are extending the concept to turn your braid style into an actual sculpture. Your sculpture will be turned into an art installation at the Mission Arts and Performance Project. 
  • THE FAMILY PORTRAIT SALON
    • 4-5:30pm. Bring your family and friends to the Home [Away From] Home festival site decked out in Eritrean/Ethiopian traditional dress and a professional photographer will take your portrait! Attendees can download high res jpeg files the following week. Modern designs and outfits inspired by traditional dress are more than welcome. We are documenting the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of the Bay Area, reimagining the family portrait style found in homes across East Africa and the diaspora, as well as showing off our fabulous fashion, textiles and design sense. See you there!
  • COFFEE CEREMONY by ANFILO COFFEE, All day long. 
    • Enjoy coffee the traditional way, all day long!