Open Call for Artistic Works: Otjomuise Live Arts Festival

 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 , or call 061 374 400.