By Ernst Herma The Bank Windhoek Festival opens this weekend, promising to change the face of Windhoek over the coming ten days, with performances galore in every corner of the city. A festival of this kind has to have the following ingredients: A free spirit of giving and taking, first; the artistic component, second; public participation and enthusiasm, third; smart partnership, fourth; and, last, but not least – the festive aspect. Namib Stars was devised as the Warehouse’s contribution to the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival 2006 – a festival within a festival, so to speak. The Warehouse has made sure that all points mentioned above are taking care of and hopes that the public will follow suit. The idea is to make the Warehouse your last station for the day. After visiting the other shows at the festival, the doors will still be open for the ‘Late night Chill’ at the Warehouse. The overall Warehouse programme includes theatre, popular music and Jazz. On each evening from the 20th to the 24th there will be a curtain-raiser at 20h00, followed by a late night gig at 21h30 featuring Namibia’s more popular bands. On both Sundays (the 17th and the 25th of September) Jazz is king at the Warehouse Theatre between 19h00 and 22h00. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (starting with the Vagina Monologues this weekend) there will be a deejay for the later hours of the evening. On Thursday, the 21st of September 06 the Warehouse turns theatre again, with the presentation of Joseph Keamogetsi Molapong’s ‘Black Coffee – White Porridge’ featuring Johanna Shikongo, followed by the Ondunga Cultural Dance Group.
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