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Open Call for Artistic Works: Otjomuise Live Arts Festival

The National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and Goethe-Institut Namibia (GI) proudly announce the open call for artistic works for the 2nd edition of the annual 1-week long Otjomuise Live Arts Festival (OLAF) set to take place 14-22 October 2022 in and around the city of Windhoek.

Co-produced and inaugurated in 2021 by the NTN and GI, the festival aims to bridge life and the arts in the city, by offering opportunities for live artistic forms to be showcased and/or exhibited within Windhoek’s public spaces. In 2021, the festival was successfully launched and hosted over 30 artists, showcasing small-scaled happenings, installations, performances, live music and public engagements that were spread across the city.

OLAF is largely brought about by the inaccessibility of the majority of Windhoek’s inhabitants to various artistic expressions; often limited to indoor, and at times, inaccessible areas of the city. Thus, OLAF offers opportunities for immersive, experimental, and refreshing artistic forms that can be showcased or installed in public spaces where everyday life and the arts can meet.

Individual and ensemble performing artists, visual, digital, and conceptual artists are openly called to propose small scaled works, that are logistically achievable and family-friendly to feature in the festival, by applying through the online application form at here, between 03-30 May 2022. The themes of proposed works can cover a wide range and are not limited.

Due to resource allocations, ensembles should not exceed four (4) members. A standard material, rehearsal, and transport fee of N$ 1000 will be provided to each contracted artist, who will be remunerated with an additional fee.
The themes of proposed works can cover a wide range and are not limited.

Artistic works are encouraged to be short, small-scaled, logistically achievable, and family-friendly. However, additional material support will be considered for mural artists. Ideas and works that are often excluded from institutional, traditional contexts are highly encouraged. Artists are welcome to suggest preferred public sites, and should be precise about sites to be considered. Works across dynamic local languages are strongly encouraged.

Suggested forms are:
• Site-specific performances
• Small music / sound concerts
• Visual artworks; site specific murals, screenings, poster campaigns, and installations
• Creative community engagements/interventions

Applications close on 30 May 2022, 24H00. Incomplete and incomprehensible applications will not be evaluated. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more information, please email pro@ntn.org.na , or call 061 374 400.

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Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Who is the producer of the festival?
The Goethe-Institut (GI) Namibia and National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).

2. What is the role of GI?
The GI is a Co-producer of the festival.

3. What is the role of NTN?
The NTN is a Co-producer of the festival.

4. What kind of works is the festival open to?
Suggested forms are:
• Site-specific performances
• Small music / sound concerts
• Visual artworks; site specific murals, screenings, poster campaigns and installations
• Creative community engagements/interventions

5. Can I propose a street parade?
Yes, street parades can be proposed for the festival.

6. Can I propose a public screening?
Yes, engaging and locally produced public screenings can be proposed for the festival. Technical support would be proved by the organisers.

7. Can I propose a creative social protest?
Yes, creative protests can be proposed for the festival.

8. What does it mean that proposed works should be small scaled?
Proposed works should be logistically achievable within the allocated material, transport and/or rehearsal fees of N$ 1000. The GI and NTN will support the works with available technology and equipment.

9. Can bands apply?
Yes, bands can apply. Ensembles should not exceed four (4) members. This is due to the remuneration fees allocated per ensemble.

10. Can DJs apply?
Yes, DJs can apply. Sets by DJs are encouraged to be engaging and interactive in creative ways for audiences/participants.

11. What if I want to perform in a venue?
OLAF is public based. Artistic works taking place at indoor venues will not be considered.

12. Is nudity allowed?
Artistic works are suggested to be family friendly.

13. How much is the remuneration fee?
Each contracted artist would be remunerated N$ 2000. If it is an ensemble, each individual artist would be remunerated N$ 2000 accordingly.

14. I don’t think N$ 1000 will be enough for my installation/mural, can I have more funds?
The allocated fee for preparatory materials is N$ 1000 only. However, in special circumstances of installations and murals, the festival producers will support with additional materials required.

15. If I want to propose a poster campaign, can NTN & GI print for me, so I save on my material fees?
Printing should be part of your material fees.

16. Will I receive my material fee in cash after I sign contract?
Should you be contracted, the material, transport and/or rehearsal fee of N$ 1000 will be transferred to your account upon a signed contract.

17. Can I have my installation work back? For how long can it stay?
Yes, if technically possible, your work can be returned.

18. Will NTN & GI drive audiences to my work?
No. Audiences would be situated in targeted communities and in the public.

19. Can I be selective about the kind of audiences I want? E.g. women or teenagers only?
The festival is public based, open to various community members.

20. Will there be security available at the public areas?
Yes, there will be security available. Additionally, the festival team would be present with traffic and general support.

21. If my things get stolen in the public area, will NTN & GI pay for it?
The festival team would be present with traffic and general support. Additionally, the NTN and GI, would not be responsible for lost and stolen materials.