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As part of the Festival of Cultures of the Biennale of Luanda 2021, discover the cultural content proposed by Namibia!

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The Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion
The Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion

The Launch of the Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion

The past, present and future of Namibia’s fashion has been and continues to transition in manufacturing techniques, which has not been well documented to highlight the country’s vast cultural and creative diversity and its trade potential.

To activate a knowledge bank about Namibian clothing and fashion, the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) with the support of UNESCO launched the Museum of Namibian Fashion in August 2021 - the first virtual museum of its kind in Namibia, to help expand the collection of images and objects for the museum as the custodian of cultural heritage.

The Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion

MAN is currently working in partnership with the National Museum of Namibia (NMN) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) on a project funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. This collaborative project seeks to unlock the healing and creative potential of the colonial collections from Namibia held at the Ethnologisches Museum (EM) in Berlin, Germany, and the Ethnographic Collection at the National Museum of Namibia in Windhoek. It reconnects the collections with each other and with their heritage communities, researchers, and artists in Namibia.

The idea of the Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion was a result of one of the recommendations of the ResiliArt Namibia online debates organized by UNESCO in 2020.  These debates were organized as rapid assessments of the COVID-19 pandemic under the theme: COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Namibia’s Cultural and Creative Industries. Different players in the Cultural and Creative Industries came together to share their experiences on the impact of the pandemic on the sector and find ways on how to cultivate and maintain resilience.

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Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic museums are still performing their central educational function

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only accelerated efforts to explore technological innovation, but it has also influenced the way we think and view the future of museums in our communities. The Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion does not only create a market but also an opportunity to reveal the historical timeline of the diverse cultural influences on Namibian fashion by showcasing ancient traditional clothing, accessories and contemporary fashion.  This website provides a great opportunity to develop cultural interaction in the spirit of building bridges between generations, and different communities.

The Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion demonstrates that, despite the challenges imposed by COVID-19 Pandemic museums are still performing their central educational function and are finding ways to remain accessible to both local and international visitors, while playing a role in boosting the creative economy.

The Virtual Museum of Namibian Fashion
Read UNESCO's Publication

"National strategy on 'Sustainable Heritage Tourism Development & Employment Creation Opportunities at Community level in Namibia', 2020-2030"

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Namibian Heritage Week 2020 | NBC Documentary

The documentary was filmed by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for Namibian Heritage Week 2020 and discusses the importance of heritage and culture in relation to tourism, sustainability, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector.

The documentary features professionals in the sector from the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN), the National Museum of Namibia, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, National Earth Sciences Museum (NESM), Owela Museum, artists, curators, and heritage and culture practitioners.

Read our Interview with Namibian Artist, Ndasuunye PAPA Shikongeni

 

 

Ndasuunye PAPA Shikongeni

Namibian creative artist and participant of the 2019 edition of the Biennale of Luanda, Ndasuunye PAPA Shikongeni tells us about his artistic journey and about the role played by artists in the culture of peace. 

 

"We can’t live without art and culture, because that is our rhythm."

Ndasuunye PAPA Shikongeni
Ndasuunye PAPA Shikongeni
Seven Brothers
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Soulful Music
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Start Art Gallery - Virtual Exhibitions

Finding Memories | Additions to an everyday archive of independence

We Remember
Start Art Gallery - Virtual Exhibitions

We Know It In Our Bone | SISTER NAMIBIA

The artworks presented here were created over the course of a year through the SISTER NAMIBIA Artists Activation project. This project commissioned artists to create new work related to feminism in Namibia.

Petrina Mathews
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From Where Do We Speak? | Ovizire.Somgu

'Ovizire·Somgu: From Where Do We Speak?' is an ongoing art and history project that emerged out of a creative collaboration between artists and historians in Namibia and Germany in 2018 and 2019.

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Flashback | Tony Figueira

For years during the turbulent pre-independent time of the 80s, and early years of Namibian independence, Tony Figueira documented the struggle for liberation and built a large  photographic archive.

Tony Figueira
The Namibian International Women Peace Centre
International Women Peace Centre

Strengthening regional and international innovation to advance the implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda

In an effort to strengthen regional and international innovation to advance the implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda, the Republic of Namibia as the initiator of the UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) and an active international and regional stakeholder, proposed the establishment of an International Women’s Peace Centre (IWPC) during the 3rd Meeting of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network that took place in Windhoek from 10-11 April 2019.

The Namibia International Women Peace Centre was launched on behalf of the President Dr. Hage Geingob by the Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Nangolo Mbumba on Saturday, 31st October 2020, on the 20th anniversary of the UNSCR 1325 which was unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council on 31 October 2000, during Namibia’s Presidency of the UN Security Council.

The Peace Centre intends to become an institute of excellence for more mediation, inclusive peace-making and conflict prevention to support and ensure women’s contributions within Namibia, Southern Africa, Africa and globally, to advance the women, presenting more than half of the global population, are given adequate influence to contribute to humanity’s fate.  The IWPC s three main functions are on Advocacy on Women, Peace and Security, Networking and Building Partnerships and Training-Capacity Building.

Discover the Creative Industry Guide

The Creative Industry Guide is a first for Africa, contextualizing creative economy through featured industry insights from experts, including a comprehensive listing of creative companies, organizations and professionals ranging from architecture to visual arts.

The guide is an invaluable resource, showcasing the contribution and direction that creative vision is taking on the continent from across all disciplines.

Against this background, Joe Vision Production in partnership with the Directorate of Arts within the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council of Namibia embarked on Namibia’s Creative Industry Guide in 2018 and for a 2nd edition in 2019 where UNESCO supported the printing of the guide for wider dissemination.

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Building resilience in the cultural and creative industries amid COVID-19

A UNESCO Article

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Namibia in a few pictures!
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Namibia in a few pictures!
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Namibia in a few pictures!
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Namibia in a few pictures!
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