I have to say that this year has seen some of the best local musical events taking place. There was once a time where local shows drew a considerable amount of people almost every weekend, but that slowly withered away with constant reports of violence and on rare occasions even death. This prompted many people to stop going out to events as they did not want to fall victim thugs at poorly protected venues. But the last year has seen some positive changes and more and more Namibians are now thronging show venues once again. Annual events, such as the Windhoek Spring Fiesta and the House Festival are finally breaking even, while drawing huge numbers of revelers. More international acts are also finding Namibia an attractive destination, especially now that Africa’s biggest music acts are looking for new experiences and sold out shows. Recently, top Nigerian musicians Davido and Runtown flew to Namibia for the MTC 081 Every1 Fest, which saw over 15 000 music fans thronging the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura. And more recently, The Dogg’s Final Concert also drew thousands to the UNAM Stadium. While each festival has its own unique aesthetics, at the core they are pretty much all the same. The simple fact of the matter is that festivals provide a rare opportunity to separate from society and submerge in another world, where one can explore the simplest pleasures in life without judgment or consequence. Festival goers usually have nothing but good vibes, memories and stories to take home. Security at most of these events is now tight and organisers now often rope in the Namibian police to beef the security. The times are really changing, because the truth is that events like these foster communal relationships and create festival families through shared experiences that bring them back each year. Fact of the matter is that everybody wants to throw a cool event and everyone wants to throw cool parties, but at the end of the day, it has become clear that people want to go to live music festivals and there is currently a demand that was not being met previously. All in all, the emergence of sustainability focused festivals is providing instinctive experiences to people all over the country. Ensuring that practical lifestyle solutions are presented in an accessible and compelling arena and by drawing ideas and education into the present reality, festivals and other organised activities will give people meaning and re-affirm their sense of place in the world.
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