International Day of the Artist Commemoration. 25 October 2023, 18H30. WHK, CBD.
The Namibian commemoration of the International Day of the Artist (IAD) will take place on 25 October 2023, 18H30 in Windhoek’s CBD at the Ministry of Justice Courtyard on Independence Avenue. This evening will feature a public installation that includes exhilarating artistic showcases by Namibian artists Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Tumi Mohammed, John Kalunda, Sipelu Dancers from Katima Mulilo, and some live drumming. The event is free.
Created in 2004, the day commemorates the importance of art as an important medium of human expression. IAD has grown steadily in popularity around the world with artists and their communities in various cities. With the help of municipal and corporate sponsors, arts managers promote festivals and events designed to increase the visibility of art and artists in a wide variety of genres from visual arts, to literature, music, the performing arts, and everything in between.
This commemorative day forms part of the Otjomuise Live Arts Festival (OLAF) 2023 Special Edition, a third edition of the festival that was inaugurated in 2021. OLAF is largely brought about by the inaccessibility of the majority of Windhoek’s inhabitants to various artistic expressions; often limited to indoor, and at times, inaccessible areas of the city. Thus, OLAF offers opportunities for immersive, experimental, and refreshing artistic forms that can be showcased or installed in public spaces and locations where life and the arts can meet. This is to reflect not only the city’s environmental character but also its rich heritage and artistic expressions that it holds, which its inhabitants need to be impacted by. The name Otjomuise, stems from the Otjiherero name for the city, which means ‘place of steam’. The name of the festival reflects not only the city’s unique environmental character but also its rich heritage and searing creativity to impact its inhabitants.
Since 2021, OLAF is proudly co-produced by Goethe-Institut Namibia and the National Theatre of Namibia. For 2023, the National Arts Council of Namibia is the proud sponsor of the OLAF 2023 Special Edition. For more information on the festival edition, please see the press release below, or visit olafnamibia.com.na
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