Surviving (with) Theatre: A Brief History of Cultural Troupes in the Eritrean War of Independence (ELF and EPLF)

Dr. Christine Matzke (University of Bayreuth)

SOAS, University of London – Friday 21 February 2014  1.30pm-3pm, room B111

During the Eritrean war of independence against Ethiopia (1961-1991), culture played a prominent role as a means of creative self-definition, but also as a medium of entertainment, education and socio-political control. In this lecture, I will trace the history of performance culture in both liberation movements – the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) and the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) – starting with the much-neglected cultural troupes of the ELF, and continuing with selected aspects of EPLF performance culture, largely after the Strategic Retreat in 1978. 


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