When: Sun., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 2014
The concept of “home” is commonly attached to an image of a sturdy, long-term residence. But in both personal and cultural terms, the notion of home is often fluid and constantly evolving. This can be especially true for diasporic communities, as traditions from various geographic and historical points collide to form new ethnic identities. This evolutionary collision is, in part, what the Home [away from] Home project and festival aims to explore in regard to Ethiopian and Eritrean communities living in the Bay Area. The weeklong event, which is sponsored by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ new In Community initiative, is both an experimental art installation and a celebration of the Ethiopian and Eritrean New Year. On Sunday, September 7, a group of artists began the installation by building a circular structure modeled after a traditional Ethiopian gojo or Eritrean adjo at Eastshore Park on Lake Merritt (MacArthur and Grand Ave., Oakland). They then filled the home with their art, and instituted open gallery hours. Other events include Artist Talks on Wednesday, Happy Hour at Studio Grand on Thursday, a Habesha New Year’s Party on Friday, and an Enkutatash New Year’s day celebration on Saturday at Mosswood Park. The residence will culminate on Sunday with an all-day festival at Eastshore Park featuring live music, traditional coffee ceremonies, a hair-braiding sculpture competition (the winner receives a 3D print of his or her work!), arts and crafts for kids, and local vendors.