The Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC), in conjunction with Grassroots, will host learners from primary and secondary schools from the 5th to the 9th of September by introducing them to the art of slam poetry in order for them to more intellectually and creatively express social problems affecting young people.
The five-day workshop, which will culminate into a performance, is sponsored by FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation Trust to the tune of $N20 000.
Speaking to journalists at a press briefing, a representative of the Trust, Revonia Kahivere, who handed over the cheque to Grassroots and the FNCC, said that their supporting of the Namibian sports and arts was demonstrated by such sponsorships.
“We at FNB believe that we have great talent and we have demonstrated that belief by sponsoring the full amount that was requested for this program,” she said.
Director for Grassroots, a platform for aspiring poets and artists in Namibia, Cecilia Nghidengwa, heralded the coming aboard of FNB Namibia as coming in time to making this year’s event bigger and better and stressed that a talent-hunt program was on the way to reach out to young people in the out-laying areas.
“This year’s event is going to be bigger and better and with FNB coming on aboard we are happy to say that we will be reaching out to outside Windhoek because there is so much talent out there, our objective is to uplift the children and develop them,” she said.
FNCC and local artists will be teaming up once again, this year, in partnership with Spoken Word, Township production and Nam TV, but only 16 out of the 60 aspiring young artists who expressed interest to be a part of this year’s event can be accommodated.
“It pains us so much that out of the 60 learners who wanted to be a part of us in this year’s workshop we had to register only 16 due mainly to the fact that we are incapacitated to host such a number, yet it shows how much talent we have in Namibia,” said Nghidengwa.
Spoken Word’s Tanya Stroh lamented the centralisation of such lively events to the capital and exhorted fanatic poets in other towns to take on the initiative to begin to form such programs.
“The centralisation of not only the arts but service delivery is something that is very sad, yet it is so hard for Grassroots to operate from all around Namibia because it has no such capacity at the moment, but it would be very good if young people were to come up with arts programs in their respective towns,” she said.
Grassroots has taken on the initiative to bring young people together and experiment with poetry to explore their intellectual creativity at a time when many young people are indulging in drugs and substance abuse.