By Sharon Kavhu
Windhoek - Art festivals bring different talents and creative ideas together to improve the sense, taste and skills of artwork in a given community. Art needs to be nurtured and there is always something to learn from one another and this makes art festival relevant in the growth of the arts industry.
In a bid to promote artistic works in Oshakati and other towns, Trending World, a Namibian events promotion company, is set to launch an annual event dubbed Talibaaza Festival on 14-15 December at the Oshakati Independence Stadium.
The festival, which derives its name from an Oshakati informal phrase ‘it is well’, is a platform for promoting visual arts in Namibia as the artists are given a platform to sell as well as showcase their products and services.
Trending World Creative Director, Frans Ugwanga says the exhibition platform is meant to promote business development and entrepreneurial skills within the creative and showbiz industry and connect creatives in Oshakati.
“We decided to launch the festival in Oshakati because the youth living outside Windhoek always feel that there is not enough productive social empowerment gatherings happening in their respective towns. It is also a platform to create opportunities for our own people and a platform for artists living in Oshakati to showcase their art works,” said Ugwanga.
He said the festival would also have workshops to educate on creative marketing, management, media relations, advertising and seeking sponsorships.
The festival start at 10h00 until 13h00 on both days and from 13h00 to 16h00 there will be sporting tournaments ranging from soccer, basketball and netball. In the evening, from 21h00 there will be musical bashes and exhibitions will be ongoing.
The festival is also meant to bring artists together to exchange ideas as well as raise funds for the construction of the Oshakati Town Council’s arts centre and hosting a Christmas dinner party for the elderly.
From the proceedings of the festival, 30% will go towards the establishment and construction of the arts centre in Oshakati, 10% will go towards the Oshakati Town Council’s mayoral fund and another 10% will go towards hosting a Christmas dinner party for the elderly.
According to Ugwanga, the planned arts centre will house a recording studio, video production and technology lab, art gallery and a conference room.