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Germany will return 500-year-old cross to Namibia

17. mai 2019, inke - Culture

The ancient, over 500-year-old stone pillar with a cross on its top in the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which was originally erected by Portuguese seafarers on Namibia's coast, will return to the African country. The return to Namibia was announced by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media at a press conference on Friday, 17 May 2019 in Berlin. 

Germany will return 500-year-old cross to Namibia

Omagongo Festival – An intangible cultural heritage of humanity

08. mai 2019, inke - Culture

The Aawambo have lived in harmony with their environment since time immemorial. The Omugongo or Marula tree, however, is of special significance to them as it provides a variety of products. The arrival of the Marula season was traditionally celebrated separately by the eight Aawambo communities, but has been rotated annually since 2001 when the first combined festival was held. Most importantly, it was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015. 

Omagongo Festival – An intangible cultural heritage of humanity

Witbooi Bible returned to Namibia

06. mars 2019, inke - Culture

The personal Bible of the legendary Nama-leader Hendrik Witbooi is back in Namibia - after 126 years. The official handover took place during a State act on 28 February 2019 in Gibeon in southern Namibia. Gibeon has been the Witbooi family’s place of residence since the 1840s. A few years earlier they and other Nama-speaking followers had emigrated from the Northern Cape, South Africa. 

Witbooi Bible returned to Namibia

Namibia’s famous contemporary artist - John Muafangejo

15. février 2019, inke - Culture

The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is located in Windhoek and well worth a visit. It organises several exhibitions every year reflecting Namibia’s vibrant and dynamic contemporary arts sector. Its permanent art collection is a treasure trove for art lovers from near and far. Many visitors are drawn to several black and white linocuts in a unique style depicting African village life and church scenes. The linocuts include a text, describing the artwork. 

Namibia’s famous contemporary artist - John Muafangejo

Swakopmund’s super talent is barely taller than his instrument

21. décembre 2018, inke - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Kati places both his hands onto the hard-stretched skin of the bongo drum. Energetically, the knuckly part of his palm touches the edge of the drum, effortlessly his fingers follow, bouncing off the head. In alternation of thumb and fingertips he makes a gentle sound, changing to a faster tempo, creating a rhythmic liveliness. His enthusiasm is evident. Kati is five years old and barely taller than his instrument.

Swakopmund’s super talent is barely taller than his instrument

Celebrating Love – the Owambo Way

11. octobre 2018, inke - Culture

“Iyaloo, Iyaloo!” The elder called out her thanks after delivering a torrent of prayers and blessings to the wedding couple seated in front of her. The women around her, dressed in bright cotton traditional dresses, ululated and swished their cow-tail switches in celebration. It was the final day of the week-long wedding when the bride and groom were allowed to enter the groom’s family grounds. In the northern reaches of Namibia, seven-day weddings are the cultural norm...

Celebrating Love – the Owambo Way

African Vocals delight guests on Tour of Lodges

13. mars 2018, bernd - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Imagine a scrumptious dinner at a picturesque lodge, enveloped in African warmth and surrounded by nature - plus powerful voices singing a cappella. That is sure to get right under your skin. African Vocals, a band from Swakopmund, performed at Etosha Safari Camp, Hakusembe River Lodge and Damara Mopane Lodge during the week from 4 to 11 March and delighted our guests with well-known African songs like The lion sleeps tonight and local compositions.

African Vocals delight guests on Tour of Lodges

In the hearth: The beloved fireplace of yesteryear

23. décembre 2017, inke - Culture

Memories have unusual origins. My love for fireplaces began when I was fourteen years old. I memorise an image that has remained with me throughout my life and that ignited my fascination for fireplaces. Since that time, regardless of where I am in southern Africa or in Europe, I stop whenever I see ruins of an old fireplace. It is always symbolic to me that the rest of the house has crumbled away to time, yet these sturdy fireplaces and their chimneys remain standing.

In the hearth: The beloved fireplace of yesteryear

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