By Anastasia Paulus
WINDHOEK – The Youth Empowerment Arts Education Association is conducting workshops with the youth from various public schools, in preparation for the first ever Namibia Youth Arts Festival scheduled for September.
The association was established with the aim of developing, educating and creating awareness through art, culture, and social issues.
Participants are taken through various arts disciplines such as fashion design; singing and music; drama and visual art as well as poetry.
The workshops started on 3 July and will continue until 31 July at schools around Windhoek.
Classes are compiled as a 4-week course and each workshop will be conducted twice a week with a workshop facilitator at a selected school.
School learners are educated on climate change issues with emphasis on water awareness.
“Besides the participating schools that are part of the initial workshops, a call out for other schools to participate in the festival and carnival will be put out. This is to engage more schools as well as the community at large,” the organisers said.
The Namibian Youth Art Festival is scheduled to take place on 2 September at Katutura Community Art Centre in Windhoek.
It will serve as platform to raise awareness and educate the masses about the shortage of water within the country by hosting different activities throughout the day.
Different art activities are planned for the day including a carnival that will kick-off the event.
“The goal of the Namibia Youth Arts Festival is to not only create awareness of climate change within our country, but to find effective means that smaller communities like primary and high schools or even households can implement in their lives.
By applying small changes in our daily lives, we believe that this will have a bigger impact in our society and lifestyle,” the organisers said in a statement.
The association was established by two arts enthusiasts, Nicolas Rondé and Micheal Pulse, last year. The tow felt the need to establish an association that could empower and educate young people using arts as a medium.
Pulse is a Namibian recording RnB singer, songwriter and playwright. Rondé works as a manager at Nomad Institute of Holistic Training, and player leading role in creating and coordinating youth and social arts for the past seven years in Namibia, through the Franco Namibian cultural Centre.