Bank Windhoek Arts Festival: Namibian holiday-makers in for a treat


Windhoek – Revellers at the seaside towns of Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Walvis Bay will have a memorable holiday, as Bank Windhoek Arts Festival keeps its tradition of treating the coast to exciting entertainment during the festive season.

Swakopmund will be bustling with exciting, entertaining and family fun-filled performing art productions next month. People should look forward to quality Namibian art productions, including a musical production ‘Genadendal’, ‘Race’ – a theatre play, a wine expo and various concerts, presented by the Bank Windhoek Swakopmunder Musikwoche.  

“For the last five years, the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival (BWAF) has brought various quality art productions to Swakopmund during December. We again decided to shift the focus of our December 2014 Arts Festival programme to the coast, as many people flock to the coast for the festive season and they have more time to attend the shows and appreciate quality art,” said Riaan van Rooyen of Bank Windhoek.

The BWAF and its long-time consultant Aldo Behrens will present a musical fantasy, based on ‘Mercy’. ‘Genadendal’ will be performed on December 26-29 at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula in Swakopmund.

Behrens crafted the story and text, which he based on the lyrics of Prof RK Belcher.

 Randall Wicomb was commissioned to compose the music for these lyrics and Jo Decaluwe, owner of the Tinnenpot Theatre in Gent, Belgium, was invited to direct the musical.

Decaluwe is well-known in Namibia for past performances such as ‘Vincent van Gogh’; ‘Damiaan & Vandaag Geen Hamlet’ and also directed ‘The Defence of Socrates’, with Aldo Behrens as Socrates.

‘Genadendal’ starts with Peter, standing at the Pearly Gates in dialogue with the Angel of Death, diarising the latter’s assignments of the day. 

Their task is constantly side tracked by a vaguely visible community – on mother earth – singing some heavenly music.

Musical enthusiasts can witness how nature in a far off desert tampers (and tempers) with voices and melodies, with harmonies, rhythms and incantations – in such a manner that the mandate of the Angel of Death is slightly affected.

Additionally, ‘Race’ reflects the story of three attorneys, two black and one white, who contemplate whether to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman. 

The play will be performed at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula in Swakopmund, on December 27-29 at 15:00.

Classical music lovers can look forward to the Bank Windhoek Swakopmunder Musikwoche from December 16 to 21 also at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula. Concert information can be obtained from the BWAF flyer or from the Swakopmund Arts Association.

The spectacular Swakopmund Wine Show will be hosted at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre from December18 to 20.

Fifteen of South Africa’s top Boutique Wine Farms will present more than a 120 varieties of their finest wines for unlimited tasting. 

Twelve special bottles of wine will be on auction and the money raised will benefit welfare organisations at the coast.

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