Guest Contributor | Sep 14, 2018 | 0
Oktoberfest run-up offers two return airline tickets to Germany
On 27 and 28 October, it is time for the German community to drop all pretenses, drink casks full of beer, and generally make a nuisance of themselves, but always to the enjoyment of their fellow Namibians. It is the annual Windhoek Oktoberfest.
The prelude to this joyous celebration started this week with the media launch of the Oktoberfest in Windhoek, and only a few days later, the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town. This year the latter will run over three days, due to popular capetonian demand.
At least 5000 people, locals and visitors, attend the annual Windhoek Oktoberfest, described as the best Oktoberfest in Africa. It is part of the global Oktoberfest celebrated by Germans all over the world. As a comparison, the original Oktoberfest in Muenchen is attended by approximately six million people, according to Gero van der Wense, a member of the organising committee.
Head of the committee, Norbert Wurm emphasized its importance, saying the local celebrations have been thoroughly Namibianised to cater for and accommodate all Namibians. “Yes, the Oktoberfest originated in Germany, but while the Windhoek Oktoberfest also embraces the culture from which this event originates, it is not entirely a ‘German party’ as such, but rather celebrates and appreciates culture in Namibia as well. The Windhoek Oktoberfest is all about passion, people, and authenticity and of course, Namibian beer. We have to cater for everyone, especially our Namibian supporters that have kept this event alive for almost six decades” he said.
As a curtain raiser, the organising committee announced that Eurowings has stepped on board as a sponsor. “Every person who buys a ticket before the 27th of October, stands a chance to win a return trip for two to Germany, to attend the Munich Oktoberfest,” they stated.
The 59th Windhoek Oktoberfest is scheduled for 27 and 28 October at the Sportklub Windhoek terrain in Olympia. Tickets are available at WebTicket and at all Pick n Pay supermarkets.
Pictured is a little tomfoolery, complete with Festbier at the launch of the Windhoek Oktoberfest. From the left are the Vice Chairman of the OLFITRA Board, Udo Stritter, with Windhoek Oktoberfest organising committee members, Norbert Wurm, Gero von der Wense, Daniel Keulder and Ian Stevenson.