Arts In and Outside the Country

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By Frederick Philander Theatre WINDHOEK The play, Living Hell, last Friday took the stage by storm at Gaoseb Secondary School at Gibeon. More than 400 learners attended the performance, the first of six rural shows by Committed Artists of Namibia with the back up of the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. The same play was also successfully performed at the Danie Joubert school hall last Friday evening. Four other performances at the following rural towns are scheduled for later this year after the return of the production from the Bravo Theatre Festival in Finland on March 26: Schlip (March 31), Karasburg (July 10), Keetmanshoop (August 10) and LÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¼deritz (September 12) African youth theatre meeting Namibia will be represented at an African Assitej regional meeting from next Tuesday until March 12 in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam in East Africa. Representatives from 16 African countries have been invited to the important meeting that will discuss future collective theatre projects for the continent after the successful playwright workshop that was held in Namibia in November last year. (Photo: Niclas Malmcrona) An excursion to the world-renowned Bagamoyo arts college in Tanzania is part of the programme for the visiting theatre practitioners from around the continent. Assitej-International’s Secretary General, Niclas Malmcrona, is responsible for the weeklong meeting, which is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Rural art gallery The Rehoboth School of Arts last week festively opened its doors for the public and visitors to the town. It was officially opened by deputy minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Pohamba Shifeta. The grand opening exhibition displaying works of local artists at the town and the capital, will run until the end of this month. Don’t miss it.