Trust Fund for New Windhoek Theatre Registered

A TRUST fund to oversee the erection of a N$41 million community theatre in the capital, has been officially registered with the Master of the Namibian High Court. It will be known as the Khomas Community Culture Center Development Trust (KCCCD), the trust announced on Friday.

The trust was initiated two years ago by a group of artists. The trustees are: Frederick Brian Philander (published playwright, writer and award-winning theatre director), David Ndjavera (award-winning actor, playwright and award-winning theatre director), Kevan Ruari McNamara (architect) and Lancelot Harry Lyners (businessman).

The planned three hundred-seat modern theatre is to be built in Khomasdal and at completion will serve the cultural needs of the western suburbs in Windhoek and all the thirteen regions in the country.

“This is a mammoth and unique private development initiative by Committed Artists of Namibia (CAN), the longest surviving community theatre group in the country that was established in 1979. It fits in well with the government’s developmental policy under the National Planning Commission that will be approached with all regional councils to support this much needed national effort” the statement said.

The statement said the National Theatre in Windhoek, with many limitations and yearly over stretched with Windhoek-based productions, is currently the only suitably equipped venue for quality theatre productions.

“The trust will involve all regional councils, local authorities and regional educational departments in all activities to specifically help stimulate creative and intellectual development and enrichment among the Namibian youth and adults,” the statement said.

The statement said the trust will strive to create homegrown productions of a high standard for export to neighboring Southern African countries in particular as well as to the rest of Africa and to link the KCCCD with different art sectors such as music, poetry, visual arts, traditional dancing, opera and ballet, film and television.

The trust are aimed at securing funding and find local and international partners to build the theatre, to develop initiatives such as workshops and in-depth training programs for theatre practitioners, visual artists, musicians, poets, writers, art reviewers and other relevant art associations, the statement said. The Trust will also initiate and organise national and regional youth theatre competitions.

Source : The Namibian