Celebrating differences and common interests

Cultural festival
Michelline Nawatises
Karibib will host a cultural and heritage festival on 30 April and 1 May.

This initiative is the brainchild of four women known as Diamonds In the Rough, namely Cerolda Mbako; Merlin Ochurus; Brenda One Time and Michelle Swàrtz. They are doing this as part of a fundraiser and community upliftment project and hope to host the festival annually.

The organizers say they want to celebrate their differences as well as common interests during the event. “We want to help unite and educate our community about different cultural activities, and inspire and teach the youth to adhere to moral values and ethical principles of society while creating a conducive environment for them to showcase their talents and entrepreneurial skills in a relaxing environment.”

Karibib is a diverse town due to mining activities. “We have a mixed community and as a town, we should embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity,” Mbako says.

She adds that advocating for tolerance between different cultures cultivates respect and harmony among the residents of the town. “We want to show the world that we are “one nation, one Namibia” and our cultural diversity will not divide us but allow us to understand each other better. Cultural celebrations foster respect and open-mindedness for other cultures.”

The artists lined up to entertain the crowd are Tbozz & Staika; Adora; Piri Gure and other local artists and DJs. Performances after 20:00 are strictly for adults only. No under 18s will be allowed.

The activities which can be enjoyed on that day are cultural/traditional dance performances, cultural food and clothing stalls, cultural plays and a play area for kids. Over 20 stalls catering mainly for cultural food, cultural attire, a beverage tent and a kiddies play area will be available. Stall prices vary according to category starting at N$400.

The activities lined up for the following day include a potjie competition and more cultural dances.

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