Celebrating Namibia

Song and dance

19 September 2019 | Cultural

Swakopmund · Iréne-Mari van der Walt

The Scientific Society Swakopmund (SSS) kicked-off their Heritage Week celebrations on Monday, 16 September with the Namib Marimbas at 10:00.

This year’s theme is “Follow the Namibian Beat!”

The sounds of the Namib Marimbas accompanied an interactive exhibit created by Nadine Phiri. Her exhibition contains multiple Namibian instruments that viewers will be allowed to touch and interact with and will be available for viewing until 31 October.

Heritage Week is hosted by the Museums Association of Namibia annually with events similar to the Swakopmund celebrations taking place in Windhoek, Karibib and Rehoboth among others.

As the age-old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, but Heritage Week will not go down without a bang.
On Friday, 20 September at 13:00, a cultural parade will start from the Swakopmund Museum and make its way up to the Sam Cohen Library.

Irina Ivanova, the public relations officer for the Scientific Society Swakopmund, says that 7 musical acts have already registered to be part of the parade, but that representation from several cultures is still needed to bring for a fair representation of Namibia.

Notably, the German cultural group has not come forth and, as things are, the Afrikaans cultural group will also not be participating. An Afrikaans performance group registered but then cancelled.

The current lineup features contributions from Gqaina Primary School from the Omaheke region, input by the Kavango Cultural Project and Mondesa Youth Opportunities.

Participants will walk in their traditional attire and perform traditional songs – celebrating their heritage.

Despite the fact that Heritage Week has been an annual event since 2013, this is the first time that the parade will take place. For this very reason, Ivanova is weary and conservative in predictions for the turnout and happenings of the parade.

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