Established in 2010, Desta for Africa Creative Consulting (DFA) is a social enterprise providing services in the area of photography, curatorial services, event planning, public relations, media communication, graphic design, educational workshops and consulting in the creative industries. Located in Sidist kilo in the International Leadership Institute Building, DFA is managed by award winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur Aida Muluneh. DFA is a creative production company which, utilizing various talents in Ethiopia, develops unique services for clients and partners who seek innovative and creative approaches to promoting their brand(s) in the African and international markets. DFA is also a capacity building organization, geared towards elevating cultural discourse, the media profession and image production in general throughout Africa. One of DFA’s main goals is to utilize culture and visual communication tools to create self-sustainable opportunities to promote development in Africa, and in particular, Ethiopia. Hence, it is for this reason that the word DESTA, meaning happiness in the Ethiopian language of Amharic,also stands for Developing and Educating Society Through Art!
Addis Foto Fest is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.The Addis Foto Fest has been recognized as one of the leading photography festivals in Africa and in the world.