Groups compete in Hardap Region cultural festival

23 Sep 2016 15:10pm
MARIENTAL, 23 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will on Saturday host its regional cultural festival, which is expected to attract participants from all the region’s eight constituencies.
The event will take place at Dr. Lemmer High School sports grounds in Rehoboth.
The categories in which traditional groups will be competing are Upper Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary, Out of School Youth, Adult and Veterans.
Groups consist of 13 to 15 group members each.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Senior Cultural Officer Vivian Mutwamezi said the significance of hosting the festival is to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Namibia, particularly of the Hardap Region.
“The festival is hosted to preserve the cultural heritage of the people of Hardap Region. It forms part of the annual events that are earmarked as part of the national heritage and culture programmes activities.”
Mutwamezi noted that the event brings people of different walks of life together in celebrating and appreciating the rich cultural heritage of the different cultural denominations within the region.
This year’s event will be hosted under the theme ‘Taking pride in our cultural heritage’ which will see the Nama, Oshiwambo, Tswana and Baster Cultural groups compete.
Approximately 39 cultural groups from the eight constituencies in the region will participate in this year’s festival.
Hardap regional governor, local authority and regional councillors are amongst those expected to attend the event.
One winner from each category will be chosen to represent the Hardap Region at the National Culture Festival slated for 6-10 December in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi region.