Kunene cultural officer calls for more cultural tourism

25 Jun 2015 07:30am
OPUWO, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – The Kunene Region’s senior cultural officer in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Brian Gonteb has encouraged the community of Opuwo Constituency to make use of their culture and tradition to earn a living and promote tourism.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday during the annual Opuwo Constituency Cultural Festival, Gonteb said the community of Opuwo can showcase and sell their cultural performances, crafts, traditional baskets and other materials in the open space around the town in order to make money.
“This is the way of attracting more tourists to the town and making money through tourists’ contributions,” he said.
He said they are in the process of introducing a programme that promotes cultural products and services for tourism purposes, where people showcase and sell their products and services.
Gonteb said the purpose of this annual festival is to provide an opportunity for cultural exchange and encourage the community to preserve their culture for future generations.
The festival amongst others features traditional dances, attire and food.
The senior officer said over 31 groups from the Opuwo Constituency are taking part in the various categories which include lower primary, upper primary, junior secondary, senior secondary, out-of-school youth, and adults.
The schools participating in this festival include the Opuwo Primary School; Kameru Eco-Primary School; Ombombo Combined School; Orumana Combined School; Mureti Senior Secondary School; Alpha Combined School, Okorosave Primary School; Otjirunda Combined School; Orotjitombo Primary School; Otjondeka Primary School; Ongongo Primary School; and Putuavanga Secondary School.
The festival will be held in all seven constituencies of the Kunene Region and selected groups will participate at the regional festival that will take place at Khorixas in October this year.
Culture teachers from various schools in the region were selected to examine and nominate the best groups that will represent the constituency at the regional festival.
Gonteb said the selected groups from all constituencies will be announced as from 11 July and the groups from the regional level will participate at the national festival scheduled for December this year.
The venue of the national festival will be announced at a later stage.
The festival was first held in 1995.