Namibia’s capital city launches first public live arts fest
Published: Nov 08, 2021 06:18 PM
Windhoek, the captial city of Namibia Photo: VCG

Windhoek, the captial city of Namibia Photo: VCG

The National Theater of Namibia this weekend lifted the curtain on a first-ever public live arts festival in the capital city Windhoek.

The first of its kind festival will see over 30 artists featuring in a week-long event across the capital city.

"The Otjomuise Live Arts Festival [OLAF] is a project by the Goethe-Institut Namibia and National Theater of Namibia [NTN]," said the theater's Public Relations Officer Desiree Mentor.

The family-friendly festival is open to the public at no cost and features small-scaled events, installations, performances, live music and public engagements spread across the city, she said.

She explained that the name Otjomuise stems from the Otjiherero name for the city, which means "place of steam."

"The name reflects not only the city's unique environmental character but also its rich heritage and searing creativity to impact its inhabitants. It is set to take place on an annual basis, [and] the festival ultimately aims to contribute toward a city that enables dynamic and accessible live artistic forms for cohesion, collective reflections, and enlightenment," she said.

NTN artistic director, Nelago Shilongoh said the OLAF was designed to extend the creative arts into the city across various public spaces to address the issue of inaccessibility by many residents.

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