‘Oshana Fest’ comes to town – Lifestyle

‘Oshana Fest’ comes to town – Lifestyle

The annual ‘Oshana Fest’, held in northern Namibia for the past five years, will be held in Windhoek for the first time.

The ‘Oshana Fest: 061 Edition’ will be held from August 2 to 4 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and aims to focus on entertainment, youth empowerment, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and exhibitions.

“We thought that if the arrival to the north was massive, since it was a small spectrum, it turns out that the idea of ​​bringing it to the city would work,” says one of the organizers Jason Bernarud.

The idea behind the move to Windhoek was the large number of people who traveled from the capital to attend the event in the north each year, he says.

“It was also a matter of exploring cultural diversity, as the city is a place of opportunity and people from all clans and classes would be found there.”

Edition 061 will be held under the theme “Entertainment through diversity.”

Another organizer, Erikan Shinoto, says this year’s theme highlights the festival’s dedication to offering a rich and varied entertainment experience that reflects the diverse cultures and backgrounds of its participants and audience, particularly within the Namibian context.

“By focusing on diversity, the festival aims to showcase a wide range of artistic expressions, including music, dance and performances from different regions and communities in Namibia and beyond the borders,” says Shinoto.

This approach not only enhances the entertainment value of the festival but also promotes cultural understanding and appreciation among attendees, he adds.

Shinoto encourages the participation of artists and entertainers from various ethnic groups to create a platform where diverse Namibian talents can shine and be appreciated by a wide audience.

He says the festival aims to create a unique and enriching experience that reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage and contemporary diversity.

The two organizers say a wide range of activities and attractions will also be offered, including live music, dance performances, cultural exhibitions, SMEs and youth empowerment, as well as food and craft markets.

This time they also included workshops and panel discussions focused on topics such as entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and cultural preservation.

In terms of musical performances, the festival has invited two international artists: Sandile Fortune Msimango, better known as Young Stunna and popular for his hit singles ‘Bopha’ and ‘Adiwele’, as well as LeeMcKrazy, a successful Amapiano vocalist from South Africa. to headline the event.

Local artists such as One Blood, DJ Vuyo, Yeezir, Kandy, Angiessss, Manxebe and MxA DJs will also perform at the festival.

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