Art Deco Exhibition in Nairobi Kenya
Asmara art deco organizers Mr.
Christophe and Dr. Conrad, the Arbate Asmara group, staged an exhibition
depicting Asmara's historic and art deco buildings at the grounds of the United
Nations Office in Nairobi in collaboration with UNON and the Eritrean Embassy
on Monday, April 3rd 2017.
Diplomats, UN officials and Eritreans living in
Kenya attended the official opening.
H.E. Beyene Russom, Ambassador of the
State of Eritrea to Kenya, said that Asmara is a gem of world inheritance and
has an excellent choice of becoming UNESCO's world heritage site and added that
time has come where the whole world will know and celebrate the secret city.
Ambassador Beyene, also praised on the Eritrean history during which he pointed out that Eritrea is endowed
with yet untapped historical, cultural and natural heritages. He
reiterated that Eritrean societal values based on living in harmony and
respect to one other is a unique asset.
UNON Director General Sahle Work,
Dr. Aisa, DED of UN HABITAT and Eng. Nasser Musa, Director of Information on
UNON, were some of the many UN officials and members who described Asmara art
deco exhibition as astonishing and impressive.
In 2001 the Eritrean government decided to protect
the entire city centre of Asmara as a national monument. Asmara is Africa’s
secret modernist city, having survived the troubles of the Second World War, 40
years of Ethiopian occupation, and a thirty-year war of liberation almost
unscathed, the city today is home to one of the largest ensembles of modernist
architecture anywhere in the world.
However, Asmara is the only larger city in the world
where a whole variety of architectural movements and their predecessors is
assembled in the centre in one ensemble.
The exhibition is being staged
under the theme “Asmara: City of Dreams”. It is part of the campaign
underway in 16 cities of 9 countries with a view to placing Asmara in the
UNESCO World Heritage List.
Eritreans and UN staff members signed in support of Asmara Art Deco to be
enlisted into UNESCO world heritage
The exhibition will move to Embassy of
Order of Malta in Nairobi on Friday, where Diplomatic community are expected to