04 Jun 2015 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUN (NAMPA) The City of Windhoek's annual /Ae //Gams Arts and Cultural Festival kicked off in the capital on Thursday.
The festival is taking place at Zoo Park and other areas within the city centre from 04 to 06 June under the theme Diverse Cultures, One Vision.
Speaking at the official opening here on Wednesday, Windhoek Deputy Mayor Hangapo Veico said the festival is aimed at promoting culture, arts and entertainment in the city.
She said the festival practically depicts and symbolises Namibia's unity of purpose while communicating the community's identity, history and cultural practices to residents and visitors.
The deputy mayor said the sounds, colours, attire, displays and smells of a festival give visitors memorable experiences and photographic records, as well as give tourists a sense of where they are.
As a council, we believe that celebrating art and culture can contribute to the enhancement of the quality of the life of a nation. In this context, the City of Windhoek takes immense pride in our creative individuals because we believe that they help us understand and project our city and Namibia as a unique place to live in, Veico said.
The deputy mayor said the festival plays a key role in marketing the city, and noted that a need for sustainable and regional balanced growth remains a key challenge in Namibia's tourism sector.
Veico applauded First National Bank (FNB) Namibia and Standard Bank Namibia for their financial support of the festival.
FNB availed N.dollars 80 000 while Standard Bank contributed N.dollars 35 000.
Participants in the festival are from all over Namibia and other countries such as Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Russia, Cuba, Spain and Indonesia.
A number of traditional performances and exhibitions will take place at the Zoo Park Amphitheater, Municipal parking area along Independence Avenue and in front of the tourist information centre in Post Street Mall.
Other activities include visual arts demonstrations, arts and crafts market, street photo studio, fine art painting, sculpting, textiles, portrait painting, traditional cuisine and music concerts.
The /Ae//Gams Arts and Cultural Festival was established in 2001.