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EUNIC launches music festival

by Rosalia David

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster in Namibia has officially launched their Music Festival that aims to be more than just another concert.

The concert is scheduled to take place on the 26th of May and will be featuring Namibia’s very own rappers Lioness and KP Illest alongside musicians from Germany and Portugal, and a DJ from France.

Speaking at the launch, Angelina Costa, deputy coordinator of Centro Diogo Cão, in Windhoek said the festival will be taking place at the Warehouse Theatre.

According to the organisers, the initiative resulted from a brainstorming session between the Centro Diogo Cão, Goethe-Institute of Namibia and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in partnership with the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia.

“This is an exciting intuitive that we hope provides Namibian and European musicians with the opportunity to exchange their creativity and skills. The music industry in Namibia is sporadic and hungry for inspiration that propels local musicians onto the international stage. We hope the master classes initiate that drive, while entertaining the public and introducing European artists to the scene in Namibia," Costa said.

She further said that the EUNIC Cluster in Namibia intends establishing the music festival as an annual event and this year welcomes musicians from France, Germany and Portugal who will on 24 May 2018 also be part of a master class.

 “We have united with local partners and understand the important role that music plays in Namibia’s cultural development, but also that musicians in Namibia lack opportunities to get new ideas, experience new styles and network with artists from other countries. The local music scene is vibrant and we have identified the genres of Hip Hop, Soul and Funk as those with potential for international cooperation,” she noted.

The director of Goethe-Institute Daniel Stoevesandt further raised concern over the slow economy saying that it has somehow affected the music industry negatively.

 “So, we hope this festival and its educational component contributes positively to the point of Namibians claiming ownership of the event in the future,” he said.