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  • Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020
    Sat
    02
    May
    2020
    Cape Town, SA

    Adwa Movement in partnership with HIM Society (UWC) to Commemorate the 124th Anniversary of the Battle of Adwa.

    Adwa Movement and His and Her Imperial majesties society (HIM) at University of Western Cape (UWC) will, for the fifth consecutive time since 2016, commemorate the Anniversary of the Victory of the Battle of Adwa – regarded as “An African Victory in the age of empire: Ethiopia’s Symbol of Struggle for Freedom”. This anniversary will be celebrated over three days:

    ·        Public seminar: Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 – 6:00 pm., at the Great Hall lecture hall 2 (GH 2), UWC Campus, Belville, Cape Town;

    ·        Night-vigil: Sunday, March 1, 2020, from 7:00 pm, at Keizersgracht parking lot, CT Citybowl

    ·        March to parliament: Monday, March 2, 2020, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm., at Keizersgracht parking lot, CT Citybowl

    Adwa victory day is a historical day of continental heritage where anAfrican nation Ethiopia, for the first time defeated a European nation Italy in 1896. We have invited Prof. MammoMuchie from Ethiopia who is currently a Research chair at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to these activities to enlighten the audience on the decisive leadership of Emperor Menelik, nicknamed “The General” by many African leaders, and his right arm Empress Taitu.

    The well-known RasTafari lawyer cannabis activist Gareth Prince will be there to address the audience on cannabis legislation in SA. He will be handing over the memorandum to the secretary of the President of SA on 2nd March.

    The Ethiopian Ambassador to the South AfricaDr Shiferaw Teklemariam Menbachohas been invited as the guest of honour for this year’s Adwa Celebration.

    Since this will be a family oriented program, once again, we encourage our guests to bring the entire family to the event.

    Entrance is free.

     

  • Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    7:30 pmOnline

    Many are familiar with Bath’s associations with King Alfred and King Edgar but were you aware the city once hosted another rather famous king? An unusually humble one who has a seat named after him at the local cinema where he liked to watch newsreels, and who used to take a dip at a destination no more unlikely than the Tropicana Lido at neighbouring Weston-Super-Mare, where he stood in line chatting with other swimmers who were quite oblivious to the full extent of his regalness. This king was none other than Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, thought by many to descend directly from the line of David, and who rather surprisingly ended up living in the city as a high-profile refugee between 1936 and 1940.

    On 27th October 2020 at 7.30pm (GMT) join Keith Bowers, author of Imperial Exile: 1936-40, in a live virtual talk celebrating and exploring not only Selassie’s unlikely enjoyment of his temporary home, Fairfield House, but the political and emotional turmoil he was bound to experience whilst living in it. Turmoil coming as a consequence of the Fascist invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini in 1936, after Selassie’s unsuccessful speech to the League of Nations imploring them to intervene. 'Is there another in history who has deserved more of fortune and has received less? A leading newspaper asked at the time and they may well have been right.

    While in Bath, Selassie contended with political and personal realities that were almost unimaginable to those surrounding him; fearing not only for the Ethiopian people at large but losing several close family members as a result of the Italian invasion. Bath was not where the Emperor wanted to be, certainly, but Bathonians liked and respected his dignity in the face of such sorrow and they in turn earned a special place in his remembrance. Following repatriation to his homeland in 1941, the Emperor subsequently named one of his summer residences Fairfield and kept up with Somerset friends long after his departure from British shores. He even generously donated his Fairfield home in Bath to become a home for the elderly, which it remains to this day.

    Haile Selassie’s residence in Bath and experience of exile is a story begging to be told. Speaker Keith Bowers now lives in Bath but taught for several years at Addis Ababa University, in the grounds of Haile Selassie’s former palace, and this unique insight into both worlds promises to make this a fascinating talk.

    Join BRLSI for this online talk and be sure to bring your own insights and questions with you for our live Q&A afterwards, transmitted from the City that once played host to a rather unlikely but very welcome visitor!

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emperor-haile-selassies-enforced-exile-in-bath-tickets-122266232593?ref=estw

  • Mon
    30
    Nov
    2020
    8.00 pm - 9.30 pm

    The first Fairfield House online public meeting is a discussion and Q&A about the future of Fairfield House, former home of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I 1936 - 1941, which he graciously gifted to the Corporation of Bath as a home for the aged in 1959.

    Fairfield House : How we preserve Emperor Haile Selassie I's legacy for Our Community. 

    Facilitated by Rob Mitchell (Imperial Voice Radio)

    Welcome from Esther Antohin, founder and director of Heritage Watch Ethiopia

    Pauline Swaby Wallace - Manager, BEMSCA

    Cllr Dine Romero - Leader, B&NES Council

    HE Teferi Melesse Desta, Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK

    Dr Shawn Naphtali Sobers, director, Fairfield House Bath CIC

    Andy Salmon - Pro Vice Chancellor External, Bath Spa University

    John Wilkinson - B&NES Council

    and an introduction to the other Fairfield House Bath CIC Directors.

    Date: Mon 30 November 2020

    Time: 20:00 - 21:30 GMT

    Once registered via Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link for this event. Capacity for the Zoom meeting is 200 people.

    You can listen to this event via Fairfield House's own radio station www.Imperialvoice.com

    Donations always welcome for Fairfield House and we will be encouraging these on the evening via our Local Giving platform : 

    https://localgiving.org/charity/fairfieldhouse/

     

    " Deciding to make our residence at Bath, We bought a house called Fairfield, and with renewed vigour, continued Our Struggle."  - His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I