Owela Festival under way

This year's Owela Festival commenced on Tuesday, 4 June at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and will end tomorrow.

07 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The festival is being celebrated under the theme The Future of Work. The Owela Festival is a trans-national and interdisciplinary festival curated by Kaleni Kollective, a collective of Namibian and German artists; Nelago Shilongoh, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, Veronique B. Mensah, Esmeralda Cloete, For Kunkel, Trixie Munyama, Hildegard Titus and Julia Wissert.

Speaking at the festival's official opening education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa commended the organiser for the theme. Hanse-Himarwa mentioned that the future of work is a global topic, currently researched and explored in different fields and parts of the world. “I am pleased to know that our young artists are participating in this global topic. Research has shown that it is in fact the most discussed topic of 2017,” said Hanse-Himarwa.

The programme features various artistic performances, dances, installations, film, talks, workshops and interventions in collaboration with local, regional and international artists.

“This festival aims to focus at what the future of work may be in Namibia and Germany. Looking at the shared past of violence and exploitation of labour, the different artists envision what the future of work, wages and the rest will be,” read a statement from the organisers.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE

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