By Pinehas Nakaziko
WINDHOEK - This year’s Ae//Gam Art and Cultural Festival promises to be bigger and better with an exciting line-up of events and entertainment extravaganzas, according to the Art and Culture Officer of the City of Windhoek, Mariah Hamata.
The festival set to officially next Tuesday in front of the City of Windhoek municipal building in Independence Road, shall involve Namibia’s musical and artistic powerhouses such the University of Namibia (Unam) Choir, Original Jazz Masters, Hozala Entertainment, Papa Shikongeni, Big Ben, Equipped Dancing academy, Lady May, Essence, Ras Sheehama, Nkulee Dube (Lucky Dube’s daughter Nkulee Dube who will also perform during the opening), Sunny Boy, Tequila, Ees, Shawn K and Tania Ott.
The City of Windhoek launched the arts and cultural festival in 2001 to celebrate the city’s rich cultural diversity. “The City of Windhoek has spent the past year working with stakeholders in the city’s vibrant arts and cultural community to revamp the festival into a world class event. The theme for the festival opening event is one of hope and celebration that acknowledges how far we have come as a nation and a city against the backdrop of international and local music and culture changes,” she says.
The festival aims to bring together all Namibians by celebrating their common heritage, cultural diversity and to symbolise the City’s unity of purpose by reaching all types of people who live in it.
The festival further strives to emphasise the important role of arts and creativity as a means of expression, understanding and the enhancement of the quality of life of the residents of Windhoek.
Amongst many others, some of the objectives of the festival are to create a sense of pride and belonging and revive peoples’ customs and beliefs. The event will end on April 6.