06 Aug 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) - The Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust)s fourth cultural festival started on Tuesday.
The festival, which is taking place under the theme 'Preserving cultural wealth for future generations' at the Nust campus, ends Friday.
The event will amongst others include a flea market, international cuisine day, sports activities, games and performances by various cultural groups.
It ends with the crowing of Miss and Mr Nust at a local hotel on Friday.
In a speech read on his behalf at the ceremony, Minister of Sport, Youth, and National Service, Erastus Uutoni said Namibians have a fundamental role to play in ensuring that future generations not only know, but also respect and accept, their cultural heritage.
Our culture is our wealth and if we do not preserve it, we lose our identity and without an identity, we cannot claim to have a sense of direction, he said.
He also said the need to incorporate culture as a strategic element of intervention for poverty reduction and a springboard for sustainable development is highlighted by the United Nations and Africa Union instruments dealing with culture.
The safeguarding of both our tangible and intangible cultural heritage is fundamental to our identity, however, we should be mindful that culture has the potential to reap economic benefits for our people, Uutoni said.
He appealed to all Namibians to take part in their cultural activities and to uphold traditional values and customs.