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, as stated in the trust deed, 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.
Moving away from German as the only teaching language in 2008 has resulted in the participation of many new musicians and from 150 participants in 2007 numbers have more than doubled to over 300 participants in 2014.
The Musikwoche hosts a variety of orchestras and presents a total of six concerts to the community. Additionally the Junior Orchestra performs at the Frail Care one morning for those not able to come to our concerts.
The Musikwoche has also identified a variety of music projects. Examples are the Otjikondo Farm School, the Arts Performance Centre (APC), Mondesa Youth Opportunities (MYO), and other groups that cannot afford the registration fees, travel costs and accommodation. The Musikwoche is dedicated to helping these music groups financially as much as possible.
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.
Since 2012 the Swakopmunder Musikwoche is a legally registered trust. The Board of Trustees together with the Management Comittee consists of volunteers, who give a great deal of their free time – while all pursuing a normal business career – to ensure a smooth running of the next Musikwoche.
The Swakopmunder Musikwoche will never be a self-sustainable project, otherwise it would lose its promise to make the Musikwoche available to each and every Namibian, and will therefore continue to rely on sponsor funding every year.