Connect, create and collaborate

A local movement wants to unite all forms of art under one roof.

25 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment

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The Rendezvous movement is named after the youth group of the Living Water Church in Walvis Bay that started out as a safe workspace for creatives. Since its establishment in 2019, it has grown from strength to strength.

According to the movement’s public relations officer, Christopher Barwa, it has huge potential.

“We realised that it can be more. It became a movement for creatives, dreamers and artists working together in reaching each other’s dreams and goals. It’s a safe place for young people. There aren’t many places a young person or learners can go to showcase their talent in Walvis Bay. We saw it fit to close that gap.”

He explained that they recently introduced different spheres with a focus on different art forms including dance, art, film, music, poetry and entrepreneurship.

“We are in the process of branching out to fashion as well. We do not want to limit this movement at all. We want the youth to develop their talents. We want the public to join, collaborate and assist us in taking the movement to the next level.”

The Rendezvous movement differs from the church youth group with the same name.

“Although it is located at the church building, it’s all about the arts and promoting it in our community.”

Barwa called on the local arts community to get involved with the movement, saying: “We would like local artists to come and host their shows, launch their albums, books and their art pieces. We can help artists to market themselves and help them build their brand.”

Another branch of the Rendezvous movement making waves along the coast, is the Coastal Poetry open mic night, which also debuted in Walvis Bay in 2019. In this vein, Swakopmund also hosted an open mic night recently.

The idea is to host Coastal Poetry every last Saturday of the month.

The Rendezvous is also home to a recording studio and there are plans to host art and photography exhibitions, a dance competition and collaborate with local artists.

The team behind Rendezvous is Wanya Isaacs (arts), Bennie Smith (founder), Carene Smith (administrator), Christopher Barwa (PRO), Calvin Moses (dance), Keanen Jansen, Romeo Pickering (studio manager) and Linzo Titus (film and fitness).

“Walvis Bay has so much potential when it comes to the arts, and our plan is to bring it all together under one roof. People from Windhoek and Ongwediva have also made contact with us to start the movement in their respective towns. Our slogan is connect, create and collaborate.”