Swakop colours the night on 130th anniversary

Historical buildings highlighted
Historical buildings in Swakopmund were lit up with different colours on Thursday night to celebrate the town's 130th anniversary.
Adam Hartman
Hundreds of Swakopmund residents came together to witness how several historical buildings in town were lit up in different colours as part of the commemoration of Swakopmund's 130th anniversary on Thursday, 4 August.

A generator-powered trailer fitted with coloured spotlights was driven to the various venues, with about 30 minutes in between displays, where residents could see the buildings washed in several colours such as green, purple, yellow, red and orange and pink.

The shows were accompanied by some music.

"It's lovely how it brings everyone together," one resident told Erongo 24/7. "It feels nearly like Christmas with the activity and lights."

The ten buildings that were highlighted were the Bapitis Church in Vineta; the Roman Catholic Church in Tamariskia; the Lutheran Church in Mondesa; the Otavo Bahnhof, Swakopmund Railway Station (now Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre), Altes Amtsgericht, the summer residence of the president (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht), Hohenzollernhaus, Prinzessin Ruprecht and the Alte Kaserne.

While the Baptist Church was not considered as historical, Swakopmund municipal spokesperson, Ailie Gebhardt, explained that it was done to ensure that each of the town's main suburbs were also represented during the show. She further stated that there were also other historical buildings, such as the German Evangelical Lutheran Church and others, that were lit up last year during the peak of the Covid pandemic, and therefore skipped this time to make place for other buildings.

Besides the light show, there are various other anniversary activities taking place in and around town until the end of August.


The program of activities for the anniversary include street markets on August 5, 6, 26 and 27.

The Tamariskia Festival with dance and 'potjiekos' competition will be held on August 13 at the Tamariskia basketball court.

A youth talent show for dancers, poets and actors will take place on August 20 at the Namib Primary School.

The opening of a 'historical' exhibition will take place on 26 August at the Swakopmund Museum, and finally on 29 August a procession and cultural performances will be held at the Swakopmund Municipality's office.

Local artists will close the festivities with a music festival to be held in the open space next to the Festus !Gonteb Primary School on 27 August from 15:00.