Official lauds festival organisers

The North West region arts and culture coordinator, Olefile Thipe, has launded Maun International Arts Festival (MIAF) organisers, Poetavango, for supporting of arts and culture.

Thipe said although Poetavango was made up of a small group of artists, it did a sterling job in bringing local and international artists to Maun in order to celebrate arts and culture thus promoting cultural exchange.

Officiating at the closing ceremony of MIAF over the weekend, Thipe said the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture had rallied behind Poetavango since its inception in 2011.

He said the group had grown in leaps and bounds from a small poetry gala to incorporate genres such as visual artist workshops, theatre, writers’ workshop and music amongst others.

The ministry, he said, supported events that nurtured arts and culture in the country. Thipe said Poetavango’s contribution in the arts industry was tremendous as it helped in nurturing of talent.

He noted that MIAF left a positive contribution in the Maun communities through community projects. Furthermore, Thipe commended MIAF for working with people with disability and students in some of their arts projects.

He pointed out that arts and culture were vital in the economic growth and MYSC recognized art as an important aspect of community livelihoods.

Meanwhile, the revelers were treated to performances of Hector Kunene from South Africa who won the first MIAF 2015 slam poetry competition.

Other performances were from South African musician Musa Njoko, Zimbawean artist Vera, Poet Prisca Katholo from Maun, Mephato Dance Troupe and a collective performance on rain from all MIAF artists.