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|Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:15 pm Post subject: ESCFE'S repeated disgrace!!!
|Amsterdam, one of the shinning cities of the world has accommodated the 8th annual Ethiopian Sport and Cultural Festival in Europe from 29th of July until 31st of July 2010. Thousands of Ethiopians who lives in different parts of the world gathered to celebrate this festival.
There are a lot of good parts about this festival and also some disappointing parts which could be easily resolved if the organizers had been willing to give away their greedy part in change of happiness and satisfaction to those Ethiopians who came as far as Australia and America to be part of this festival.
The money which had been charged and the service which had been given back in return were totally different. The way the organizers were serving the guests at the final concert which was held at the World Fashion Centre was a total disgrace. People who are not from our society including those white girls who were pouring drinks got the chance to see how things were unorganized and embarrassing. This festival meant to show and introduce our plenty of lovely parts to the rest of the world. But the organizers arranged things in a very poor way and that shows some of us are living in the first world in body not in mind.
There were two areas to serve all those thousands of people who came to enjoy the concert by paying 30 Euro each. One of the areas was to sell the coupons and the other one was to go and get the drinks by making another queue. How the drinks were ridiculously expensive is another issue. The very disgusting part which makes all the guests angry was that everyone who bought plenty of coupons had been denied to get drinks because the organizers claimed that they did run out of any drinks and empty the drink selling area.
The anger of the guests who had been left with plenty of paid coupons on their hand and refused to return their money could not be controlled easily. As a result of that the police had been called and interrupted the party by jumping on the stage until one of the lady from the organizers committee to apologize the guests by saying ‘’We had finished drinks and we are really sorry about it but do not disturb because of this as that could result the party being stopped.’’
All the people had been left ripped their money off including me while we had plenty of paid coupons and no drink. Coupons were all over the floor after the guests realized there is no way to get their money back.
Everyone who participated in previous festivals like the one which was held in Paris experienced the same embarrassment. It looks like the organizers are using this method to rip off money from guests at the closing concert. Everyone who realized this mistakes should say and do something about it in order to shake the organizers to not to embarrass us the way they did.
These kinds of festivals are organized by the people to the people. It is the participant’s responsibility to say something when there are things going wrong so they could be rectified in the future.
The 9th Ethiopian Sport and Cultural Festival will be held in London in July 2011. Let’s hope there are things the organizers have learnt and do their best to get rid of their repeated mistakes and stop disappointing us!