Ngandu Festival – fostering tourism through art and culture

14 February 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Still in its infancy, the second edition of the Ngandu Festival was launched on Saturday, 8 February, in the heart of Rundu.

The launch, attended by key stakeholders, aimed to set the tone for the festival, which will take place over the Easter weekend. At the event, the Ngandu management team shared a 15-minute documentary that gave insight into the previous festival, hosted last year.

The founder of Ngandu Events Andreas Gustav shared that the event's success had exceeded expectations in terms of attendance and the impact it had on the community. “Ngandu Festival provides a platform for the Kavango East and West artists, entrepreneurs and athletes to promote, sell and grow their product offerings. An opportunity we saw was necessary. The overall feedback from the exhibitors was positive, which is why we aim for this year's edition to be bigger and better,” said Gustav.

The organisers also aim to collaborate with established entrepreneurs and artists to create engagement that will help highlight to the rest of Namibia what the two Kavango regions have to offer.

Having been attended by over 1 600 supporters, the second take of the event aims to nationalise the event by promoting the tourism luxuries of the Kavango regions, as well as the art and crafts they are recognised for.

The event is slated for 10 and 11 April at the Rundu Sports Stadium, with 2 000 to 5 000 attendees expected. Activities will include sports tournaments featuring volleyball and seven-a-side soccer, performances by various DJs and musicians from the regions as well as services and products from exhibitors.

On how the festival promotes business empowerment, Gustav said: “One of the pillars [of the festival] focuses on introducing a mentorship programme to help create an effective and well-balanced learning process for both the mentors and mentees. The end goal is to ensure success for all parties”.

Information on stall applications will be shared on the Ngandu Festival social media platforms. Tickets are available at Webtickets and Pick n Pay for N$40.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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