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Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

19. July 2019, inke - Culture, Economics

Two pieces of leather and a rubber strip made into a comfortable shoe - this handcraft has become an international trademark of the Swakopmund family business of Herbert Schier. World-wide proud owners of the 'Swakop vellies' are posing with their shoes on social media and vying who will post the most original photos. The timeless and ultra-comfortable hide ('vel' in Afrikaans) shoes - meaning leather - have evolved from an everyday necessity in the sixties to cult status. They are at home in New York, as well as at the Munich Oktoberfest. 

Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

New book supports the conservation of Carmine Bee-eaters

20. June 2019, inke - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Bird lover and hobby photographer Pompie Burger launched his latest book tonight (20 June) in Windhoek. Chariots of Fire supports the conservation of the Carmine Bee-eater colony close to Zambezi Mubala Lodge which is said to be one of the largest breeding colonies in Africa. It also serves to inform local Namibians as well as tourists about how the delicate balance of the river ecosystem affects Carmine Bee-eaters.

New book supports the conservation of Carmine Bee-eaters

Land Art honours the Wild Horses at Klein-Aus Vista

17. June 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Culture

A 100x150m galloping horse has been set in stone on the plains of Klein-Aus Vista Lodge in south-western Namibia in honour of Namibia’s century-old population of wild horses whose future hangs in the balance. The Wild Horse is the third ‘earth drawing’ or ‘geoglyph’ that siblings Anni Snyman and PC Janse van Rensburg have created with their group of volunteers as part of the Site Specific Collective, a land art project that brings nature and art together in large scale.

Land Art honours the Wild Horses at Klein-Aus Vista

Annual Nama festival preserves tradition and identity

07. June 2019, inke - Culture

The feet of the young dancers in their colourful leather shoes move to the tunes and rhythms of the music. The row of girls in brightly coloured patchwork-style dresses and neatly tied headscarves gently move and turn. The youngsters are beaming pride as they receive their well-deserved applause after performing the traditional ‘Nama stap’ dance. It is a special occasion after all: the opening of the annual Nama festival in the town of Keetmanshoop in southern Namibia.

Annual Nama festival preserves tradition and identity

Germany will return 500-year-old cross to Namibia

17. May 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. May 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. March 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. February 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. December 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

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