Windhoek’s annual cultural festival is back

Wilhelmine Imene

Since the pandemic took hold about two years ago, nearly every social event held each year has been put on hold, for obvious reasons, of course. The same goes for the Windhoek Annual Cultural Festival (WACF), founded in 2018 and first held in June 2019.

Two years later, WACF Director and Founder Sylvester ‘Silva’ Shapwa and his team are back with a great festival and are ready to put on an exciting event that will leave people wanting more.

This year’s theme is “Where the Art Begins” and will run from March 30 to April 3 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

Silva told VIBEZ! they anticipate that this year’s festivities will be bigger and better, compared to the first event.

“There were a lot of things missing, but we plan to fix that this year. We have much more in store for attendees, and we hope to make this event the event of choice for the public for years to come,” he said.

The five-day event will kick off with a ‘Namibians Compete’ show, in which dancers, magicians, comedians and more will showcase their talents. There will be a fireworks display, a musical evening featuring local emerging and established musicians, cultural groups and indigenous food cooking contests, a food and drink contest, and what better way to end an event than a Miss and Mr Windhoek Annual Cultural Festival Beauty Pageant.

It will surely be an event for the books, and no one should miss it.

Silva said he started the festival after observing that most of the social events he attended lacked cultural exhibits.

With this, he found the need to fill the void and created a cultural event that will showcase the culture through various activities, such as cultural dances and artistic and creative events around the different cultures of Namibia.

Silva strongly believes that these activities will promote the integration of cultural education into society, educate residents to preserve and respect their cultures, and promote economic development. Among other things, the festival aims to promote and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the country through social empowerment, cultural diversity and creativity. As part of global cultural diversity, event organizers seized the opportunity to spark cultural engagements with the goal of promoting global acceptance and embracing the world’s diverse and unique cultures.

Apart from promoting cultures, the event strives to create and bring people closer to a platform with the aim of bringing together young entrepreneurs and up-and-coming SMEs to showcase and sell their products and services, while helping their sponsors and business partners to build their brands and empower young people.

This year, stands for SMEs are also offered, including food and drink stands, cultural and craft exhibition stands, marketing stands and a children’s corner.

In 2019, the event recorded no less than 12,536 entries. But keeping Covid-19 protocols in mind, Silva urged Namibians to come in numbers and see what awaits them.

Doors will open to the public at 10:00 a.m. and close at 12:00 a.m. each day of the event.

The public is invited to keep an eye on the annual Windhoek Cultural Festival pages and website for more information.

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2022-02-14 Staff reporter

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