Arts & Culture



Project Overview

The Swakopmunder Musikwoche is one of a kind. It stands out from any other similar events due to its integration of young and old, beginner and professional, and for being inclusive of those from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The objectives, include the provision of a music education service for all learners and educators of Namibia; the building of capacity and know-how at all levels of the music education sector, aimed particularly at the promotion of musical education; the engagement in education, advocacy and awareness of the critical role of musical education.

The Musikwoche looks back at a long tradition. It all started in 1965 with a small group of musicians and fifty years later the Musikwoche has grown into an internationally acknowledged annual music festival. It still strives to educate learners and other musicians to enjoy music together, learn together, and learn to appreciate the important role that music plays in our world. Beyond that, it is the aim of the Swakopmunder Musikwoche to uplift formerly disadvantaged Namibians by enabling them to gain access to international lecturers and develop their music talent. Additionally, the Musikwoche manages to interest and integrate more and more young Namibians into the project. For the past four years four young unemployed men were trained in the skills of running of a concert stage. Since 2013 they are solely responsible for all performance logistics. The organisers completely rely on their expertise and this excellent stage crew has now been offered additional work as a stage crew by other organisers throughout the year beyond the borders of Swakopmund


The pillars of the NDP5 which applies to this project under the Social Progression pillars – Harnessing the Demographic Dividends

Human Capital Development

  • Social Progression
  • Technical/Vocational Education and Training

Social Development

  • Youth Empowerement
  • Arts and Culture


Economic Progression:

Achieve, sustainable and equitable growth

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Enterprise Development