Nama festival taking place in May

The third edition of the annual Nama Cultural Festival will take place from 21 May until 24 May 2020 at the Westdene Stadium in Keetmanshoop.

In an interview with Nampa on Saturday the festival committee spokesperson, Antonio Stuurmann said as a committee they are ready to host a festival that will be inclusive and educational.

We want the festival to be inclusive for every Namibian countrywide, from all walks of life to attend and learn more of the Nama culture, we plan to invite different traditional authority for us to have a broader audience, he said.

He added that they plan introduce traditional games at the festival that were played in many years ago.

We want the young ones to know the benefits of playing these games such as team building and just for them to know how people in the past to interact with one another through games and for them not just to be glued to their cell phones and televisions., he added.

The key objective of the festival is to strive for unity, development and social cohesion within the Nama community as well as the broader Khoisan community.

Stuurmann said this year's festival will be held under the theme '|Gui!Naxasib-Sada |Gaib', which means 'Unity is our strength'.

Ahead of the festival, the committee will have a gala dinner beginning of March as a way to raise funds for the festival.

We will host a gala dinner at the Old power station in Windhoek on 07 March, where we will elaborate more on the theme, we will also reflect on the 2019 festival its shortcoming challenges and success and outlook for this year's festival, he said.

He also called on the business community from the ||Kharas Region to come on board and support the festival adding that the festival is not for making profits but is for social upliftment.

The festival is a platform for small and medium business selling cultural products to market and sell their products, hence we call upon the accommodation establishments and others business in the region to support the festival as part of the social corporate responsibility, said Stuurmann.

Source: Namibia Press Agency