By Entertainment Reporter
BANK Windhoek is partnering with The Warehouse Theatre and Lize Ehlers HEC Productions, who have combined forces to present a series of workshops that will develop the skills of artists to ensure a smooth and professional working relationship with corporate event organisers, venue owners and the media.
The presenters promised that the workshop content will be of immense value to artists, promoters and event organisers alike. They will share their knowledge and experience in the entertainment industry and will give hands-on advice on all levels.
“We need to open communication channels between all stakeholders in the entertainment industry, from performers to venue, theatre, pub and hotel managers to event organisers, technical support providers and the media. It does not help that each entity sees itself as an island. We all need to learn from each other, hear each other’s challenges, learn from the mistakes of others and then learn how to move forward. It is only when all stakeholders in the entertainment industry can produce quality service on all levels and support each other, that stakeholders can move toward true professionalism,” said Conny Pimenta of The Warehouse Theatre.
The first workshop takes place from 14:00 – 15:00 this Saturday (February 4) at the Warehouse Theatre and under the theme ‘Putting a Production Together’. This workshop will take participants back to the basics, to the groundwork that needs to be done for a production, focusing on the performance, technical, financial and marketing aspects.
Speakers for the first session are: Onesmus Slick Upindi (FreeYourMind Entertainment –performance aspect), Mike Ott (Warehouse Theatre – technical aspect), and Conny Pimenta (Warehouse Theatre – marketing aspect).
“It is only once the artists grasp what a production truly entails, that they realise there’s far more to show life than a couple of rehearsals and pitching up for the event,” says Lize Ehlers.
“This workshop is not aimed at hobby artists. We would like to engage those who have real questions based on their past show experience. We do however encourage newcomers in the production and technical field, as well as agents and promoters to attend. We can all learn from one another.”
As part of the workshop, professional high resolution photos will be taken of each artist free of charge at the venue. Participants will receive their photos by email the following week and can use them for future publicity.
The second workshop takes place on Saturday, February 18, entitled, ‘Corporates and More Working with Events Organisers’. This workshop will be hosted by three top event organisers in Namibia, who hold a lot of influence over which artist can and should be hired for their well-paid events based on past experiences and word-of-mouth. They will be sharing their obstacles, experiences in the past and how performers and technicians can make their lives easier.
Workshops will be held on a monthly basis at the Cellar of Rock at The Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek. To attend the first workshop, a registration fee of N$50 will cover food and drinks for the afternoon and give participants free entrance to The Loft for that evening. For more information contact Conny Pimenta at Tel: +264 61 402 253 or email: conny@ warehousetheatre.com.na
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