By Johannes Hangula
IT is that time of the year again when Namibians join in on the world’s largest cultural fair. The 58th annual Windhoek Oktoberfest takes place this year on the 28th and 29th of October at the SKW sports ground.
This much anticipated event on the local entertainment calendar is regarded as the best Oktoberfest in Africa, an annual event celebrated all over the world, and brings millions of people together globally in celebration of authenticity and culture. Apart from guests from neighbouring countries Angola, Botswana and South Africa, the Windhoek Oktoberfest annually also attracts guests from nations as far as India; the United States of America; Austria and Germany.
Chairperson of the Windhoek Oktoberfest committee, Norbert Wurm attributes the high attendance numbers to the rich culture and tradition it celebrates. Wurm said, “The Windhoek Oktoberfest offers great German food, with traditional games and activities, and of course our excellent Namibian beer, brewed according to the purity law, the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 a philosophy which also celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. One of the highlights every year is the world-class entertainment by the original Oktoberfest band, the Kirchdorfer – straight from the Oktoberfest in Münich, where they’ve been performing in the Hacker- Festzelt since 1994.
“This partnership between SKW and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) to host the Windhoek Oktoberfest annually has proven to be one strong relationship that continues to master the ability to bring thousands of visitors together for a memorable weekend. The Windhoek Oktoberfest has seen tremendous growth in popularity over the past few years with a steady rise in the number of visitors, currently it hosts roughly 5000 people, and the number is expected to rise again this year,” said Wurm.
Supporters of Oktoberfest can look forward to the traditional Bavarian games, some of which include the ever-popular mechanical bull-riding, archery, log-sawing and beer-lifting for the ladies, amongst others.
“The Windhoek Oktoberfest celebrates authentic German traditions, a great atmosphere fuelled by Namibian passion and quality local beers in addition to the ‘Festbier’ specially brewed for the Windhoek Oktoberfest. Traditional Bavarian costumes the ‘Dirndl’ for the ladies and the ‘Lederhosen’ for the gents also form a great part of the atmosphere of these celebrations,” concluded Wurm.
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