'At Home with Goethe' aims to entertain the public during the COVID-19 lockdown and provides Namibian artists from various disciplines with the opportunity to maintain a relationship with an audience. With more livestreams scheduled for Friday 1 May and Friday 8 May, each show includes an interactive question and answer session.
Sponsored by Bank Windhoek, the initiative will host its second instalment with Big Ben as the guest artist on 24 April. One of Namibia's top live music performers, Big Ben, who released his first album in 2001, is a musician, composer, and producer, whose music is a fusion of Afro-Pop and Beat, merged with local rhythms and melodies.
The 2019 Namibian Annual Music Awards' Artist of the Year, Lize Ehlers and The Lof, will perform on Friday, 1 May, followed by the Ell's and Sean K on Friday, 8 May 2020. The performances will be streamed live on the Goethe-Institut Namibia's Facebook page.
Goethe-Institut Namibia's Michelle Namases, responsible for Cultural Programmes, said, “We aim to provide Namibian artists with a platform to grow their fan-base as well as offer relief from the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19. We want artists to continue expressing themselves and to engage with whatever inspires them during this lockdown."
Namases added that 'At Home with Goethe' hopes to inspire the public and foster the appreciation of Namibian arts and culture. “The platform will also showcase Namibian artists' talent internationally as the online streams will reach any household across the globe," she said.
“Bank Windhoek and the Goethe-Institut Namibia, share one common goal: to develop the arts and culture in our country. As a responsible corporate citizen, Bank Windhoek is proud to be associated with the 'At Home with Goethe' initiative, because during these unprecedented times, arts can bring us together since it is a vehicle of social change. Despite COVID-19, thanks to the internet, we can still connect online. We encourage everyone who can access Facebook to tune in," said Bank Windhoek's Head of Corporate Social Investments (CSI), Sponsorship and Events, Bronwyn Moody.