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Discover the pulse of MAISHA with MAISHA Live! , where we unveil the latest updates on our journey.

Ticket reservation for the MAISHA Dance permormance is now open!

Click below to grab your free-of-charge ticket to the MAISHA Dance performance at the Adwa Victory Memorial. The performance will take place on 25 May at 5 p.m.

What is MAISHA?

MAISHA is an European Union-African Union joint initiative, it started in 2019 as MAISHA Music, a two-week residency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when 12 talented musicians from Africa and Europe, with different backgrounds & instruments, were brought together to collaborate and co-create original musical pieces.

The initiative was a great success and prompted calls for follow-up, be it through different forms of art.

With MAISHA Dance in the pipeline, and more different art forms to follow (Fashion, Street Art, Painting, Photography, Cuisine, Cinema and Theatre), MAISHA is more than just an event. MAISHA is now truly turning itself into a culture.

The success of MAISHA Music was just the beginning. With other art forms to follow soon, MAISHA is evolving beyond an event into a vibrant culture.

The MAISHA impact

MAISHA Music drew global attention and admiration. A documentary film was created, showing the beauty and challenges of creating unique new sounds and defeating cultural barriers.

It may not come as a surprise that MAISHA Music also propelled the individual musicians into worldwide recognition, and further elevated their musical careers.

MAISHA is a dynamic cultural movement, uniting diverse art forms to foster collaboration and celebrate the rich tapestry of human expression.


Each new art form marks a distinctive edition in MAISHA’s cultural journey. Explore the evolving chapters of artistic expression, with more exciting editions to follow.


After the enormous success achieved, MAISHA is being continued and re-invented, keeping the same co-creating philosophy. MAISHA MUSIC hands off the relay to MAISHA DANCE.

The artistic director, choreographers, and dancers are presently in residency in Addis Ababa, working diligently on crafting a performance set to debut on May 25, 2024.



MAISHA started as a musical journey. Responding to an open call for applicants, 12 talented artists from Africa and Europe, with different backgrounds & instruments, were selected from 300 applicants to become musical partners through a 2-week residency programme in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.


Media gallery

Discover the heartbeat of MAISHA through our extensive media library, featuring a rich collection of videos, photos, audio files and press articles covering the MAISHA Music edition. 

MAISHA Music video gallery
MAISHA Music photo gallery
MAISHA Music album
MAISHA Music press coverage
MAISHA Dance video gallery
MAISHA Dance photo gallery