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Education minister Anna Nghipondoka has called on fellow members of parliament to embrace the new Namibia Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy (NACHP). She said it will facilitate and accelerate efforts of incorporating arts, culture and heritage into the national education mainstream.
Namibia has a wealth of cultural heritage resources but while some tour operators feature some sites, a heritage tourism programme has not yet been developed.
With the limit put on the number of people gathering, the country's social scene is rapidly turning into a graveyard if innovation fails. Chairperson of the National Arts Council Patrick Sam stressed that going forward, saving lives as much as saving livelihoods must become a key factor of entertainment and performances, a responsibility that rests on both artists and theatre managers.
Sharing her experiences and the many plans lined up for the year, Shivute says she will use the knowledge she gained from the IYALI conference to implement several programmes and activities. She wishes to develop local libraries and attract more children to start visiting libraries more often.
The temporary project-based relief fund to support the cultural and creative industries managed to benefit 143 individuals, 42 organisations and 51 groups across the country since it was launched in June.
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) in partnership with the Business Intellectual Property Authority (Bipa) launched the Intellectual Property and Local Content (IPLC) project. It is aimed at supporting the production of local content in Namibia’s creative and cultural industries and align the relevant domestic regulatory frameworks to upkeep these industries.