Guest Contributor | Aug 30, 2019 | 0
Celebrating 25 years of cultural diversity
The Franco-Namibian cultural Centre (FNCC) will celebrate its silver jubilee in July. Over the last 25 years, the FNCC has established itself as a major cultural hub in Windhoek.
This month of July will be the perfect celebratory occasion to go through the major accomplishments and milestones reached in terms of Franco-Namibian cooperation.
The celebrations will kick off with an opening ceremony on 4 July at 16h30, followed by the unveiling of the newly renovated library, and an exhibition opening on the iconic Franco covers of the last 25 years. Celebrations will extend over the whole month of July, covering all aspects of culture that regularly take place at the FNCC.
At independence, one of the goals set by the new Namibian Government was to develop the country’s cultural identity by promoting its openness to new areas – including the Francophonie supported by France. The challenge is embodied in the motto of the FNCC in July 1991: “Together for cultural diversity”. This shared will of France and Namibia was never forsaken, and the Centre has become an essential forum bringing together the mosaic of cultural communities that makes up the wealth of Namibia, and a platform for upcoming talent to establish themselves.
As a vector of French and universal values, FNCC is contributing to the promotion of the Francophonie and culture as well as French and Namibian arts, in all their dimensions. The Centre is a true forum for expression and debate for all civil society actors on key national and international contemporary issues. FNCC hosts a fully digitized library and children’s corner, Multimedia Room, Press Room, Game Room and Training Room.
The FNCC – an intercultural platform with dynamic partnerships with all cultural institutions in Namibia – conducts over 70 cultural events yearly through exhibitions, concerts, theatre, design, dance, fashion, debates, library animations, conferences and photo, and attracts artists and audiences from all over the world.
Meanwhile, with more than 14,000 documents and fully digitized, the library is visited by a wide multicultural audience in its different areas: children’s corner, Multimedia Room, Press Room, Game Room and Training Room. The library is conducting many activities and animations (stories, tales, debates, literary conferences) and is in numerous partnerships with the voluntary sector, including AfricAvenir that hosts the collection of Namibian films.