‘Festival’ is a broad term. It’s really quite amazing how many different types of festivals there are out there in this wacky world. Art festivals, music festivals, literary festivals, dance festivals, poetry festivals, food and drink festivals, science festivals. The list goes on. Really, it does – just type ‘List of festivals’ into Wikipedia and you’ll see for yourself.
But space is limited and frankly we have no interest in writing about the Swamp Cabbage Festival of LaBelle, Florida. However, we are deeply interested in the Omaruru Artist’s Trail that takes place every year and for this issue we spoke to Hanne Alpers, an organiser of this uniquely Namibian arts festival.
We have also featured two artists – Hage Mukwendje and Kirsten Wechslberger – and their prize-winning work at the Bank Windhoek Triennial, an exhibition occurring every three years that features only Namibian artists. After checking out this issue, make a visit to the exhibition yourself and then send us your opinion for a future zine about public opinion on the Trienniale. We will be in touch!
We also take a look at competition in festivals, and how winning and losing is both magnificently valid and unimportant! Hooray!
But it’s not just art festivals that we’re looking at; we get a behind-the-bar look at the recent Hart Van Windhoek Music Festival. And if it’s music festivals that you’re into, our ‘How To’ this week will be sure to give you some tips for surviving the next big one you go to.
All in all it’s a pretty full zine. We hope you enjoy, don’t forget to send us comments, questions, articles, ideas, jokes, love notes, hate mail and everything in between at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out our Facebook page…
Last but not least, a big shout-out to our contributors this week. Remember you could be one too!
the ARTWOLFE team
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