18 Feb 2014 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) - The 2014 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) will be hosted in Swakopmund during May.
The Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer of main sponsor Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Tim Ekandjo made this announcement here on Tuesday at a media briefing.
The awards will this year take place over two days.
The main awards will take place on Saturday, 03 May at the newly-built Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre, while the venue for the Friday, 02 May event is yet to be confirmed.
This plays out very well as this will be a long weekend, befitting to celebrate music through the lens of our country's history, said Ekandjo.
He stated that their decision to take the NAMAs outside Windhoek is to give other towns the opportunity to boost their local economies.
Tickets will be on sale from 25 February at ticketing company Computicket.
We want to give the public more time to buy their tickets, as there will be no tickets on sale at the venue on the nights of the award, said Ekandjo.
A total of 1 568 VIP tickets will be printed, of which 800 will be reserved as complimentary tickets for nominees, sponsors, the media and invited guests.
The number of standard tickets to be printed is 1 968, and an additional 400 tickets for guests standing along the stage area.
The 400 standing tickets will not go on sale, as we will give them to people who will otherwise never have the opportunity to attend the NAMAs due to various circumstances, and they include high-school and university students, he explained.
The VIP tickets cost N.dollars 500 each, while the standard tickets go for N.dollars 250.
An early bird special will run between 25 February and 31 March when VIP tickets will only cost N.dollars 450 and standard tickets N.dollars 200.
Ekandjo further said free transport will be given to all the nominees from Windhoek to Swakopmund, as well as free accommodation and meals in Swakopmund.
The organisers are also looking at more ways to make it easy for people to travel to and from Swakopmund.
The organising committee is, therefore, hard at work to acquire three to four sponsored buses which will transport people with no charge, provided that they have valid NAMAs tickets, said Ekandjo.