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Fishing industry exhibits in Walvis Bay

 A fishing trawler unloads its cargo at the premises of Seaworks in Walvis Bay. The fish festival promises to give companies such as Seaworks a platform to promote their products. (Photograph by Clemencia Jacobs)The Walvis Bay Fish Festival and Expo promises to be a “fantastic” experience that will enhance the profile of the coastal town, according to Derek Klazen, mayor of Walvis Bay.
Klazen said although the festival is a private sector initiative, the municipality fully supports it.
“As I said before, it promises to be a fantastic experience that will certainly enhance the profile of Walvis Bay. It is also envisaged that the festival will grow year after year, and will become a sought after event for residents and visitors alike,” said Klazen, at the recently held monthly council meeting.
The Walvis Bay Fish Festival and Expo, which is organised by Paragon Media in conjunction with the Walvis Bay Municipality, Erongo Regional Council and the Ministry of Fisheries and Resources, will take place from 24 to 26 May. The festival will be held for the very first time and the industry aims to also promote aquaculture and fish farming.
The main objective of the Walvis Bay Fish Festival and Expo is to give the fishing industry a platform to promote their goods and services, according to its organisers.
A gala dinner, an exhibition of goods and services, a cooking competition and a music festival are some of the highlights of the festival. A street parade from Namport to the central business district, will mark the opening of the fish festival. Entrance to the expo is free, however, music lovers will have to pay N$30 to enter the festival on 26 May. Tickets are sold at Compu-tickets and artists such as The Dogg, Tequila and Mushe, will grace the stage at the festival.
Soccer and rugby tournaments will also take place over the two days.
Standard Bank Namibia is the main sponsor and will contributed N$200 000 towards the event. About 30 companies are expected to participate in the festival.
The festival will take place at the Walvis Bay Civic Centre.

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