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Festival to raise awareness of rhino poaching

Following the successful eighth edition of the Oriege Festival in Windhoek earlier this year, it will return to the capital once more next month to raise awareness of rhino poaching.

The festival’s theme this year is ‘Art and Rhinos’.

The three-day event will be held at the City of Windhoek’s upper parking area from 4 to 6 August.

Chris Morgan, the event’s organiser, says the objective of the festival is to raise awareness of the country’s widespread rhino poaching epidemic.

The organisers hope to donate a portion of the proceeds to anti-rhino poaching foundations and charities, he says.

Several companies, including Namib Mills, Coca-Cola, and ABinBev, will sponsor the festival.

Exhibitors are urged to submit applications, Morgan says, as one of the aims is to assist regional suppliers.

He says each food vendor will receive a complementary RealGood Chicken Kapana half-bird box to sell at the event, and there will be fun activities.

Morgan says the festival will feature both local and international artists.

“Like with previous events, Oriege Festival keeps engaging in exceptional and different ways of bringing art to life,” he says.

The previous event, themed ‘Colours of Summer’, was intended to depict the colours of summer via art and aesthetic design.

According to the organisers, the festival employs a variety of unique and original ideas that draw the audience and various markets.

In addition to having more than 40 exhibitors, Morgan says the event will also feature some pieces of regional visual artists focusing on the rhino.