18 Feb 2018 11:40am
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 FEB (NAMPA) A newly-established Nama cultural festival committee will host a Nama Cultural Festival from 23 to 27 May this year in Keetmanshoop, the first of its kind in recent memory.
Speaking at a public private dialogue on the matter held by the Keetmanshoop Municipality on Friday, advisor to the Nama cultural festival committee Antonio Stuurmann said the committee will host the festival under the theme Nama Khoeda ge meaning We are Nama people.
The aims are to unite the entire Nama clans, to celebrate their culture and to restore the dignity, pride and self-worth of the Nama community, he said.
The festival will comprise various activities. It will have an agriculture component where farmers will display their animals and sell carcasses, a demonstration on how to slaughter small livestock, Namastap dance and poetry competitions, a music concert and football tournament.
We will have a Nama linguist that will do presentations and a facilitated panel discussion.
Provision has been made for local business people within the community to set up stalls and sell their products and the requirement is that the business should be trading with traditional and cultural artifacts.
As a way of raising funds, the committee will be hosting a gala dinner on 03 March at the Moth Hall in Westdene, Keetmanshoop.
Stuurmann stated that our most important stakeholder has been the Nama Traditional Leaders Association and we have been in constant engagement with them and they will partner as the leaders and custodians of the Nama culture and traditional community.
He said they have already secured some funding support from the private sector, but want them to be involved in organising the event as well to feel part of it.
The Keetmanshoop Municipality has availed the venue for the event free of charge and will also assist with logistical support.
The committee consists of young people from all over the country that initiated the idea of a festival in the south.
Nama descendants living in Botswana and South Africa are also expected to be at this landmark, historic and revolutionary event, noted Stuurmann.