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Swakop ARTS Festival for holidays

Aldo Behrens and his Kalahari Ensemble, together with Randall Wicomb, lead the entertainment scene in Swakopmund, late in December.

Aldo Behrens and his Kalahari Ensemble, together with Randall Wicomb, lead the entertainment scene in Swakopmund, late in December.

The Bank Windhoek Arts Festival in Swakopmund with the co-operation of the National Theatre of Namibia, present a premium musical production, commemorating the life of a Namibian legend and leader of the Bondelswarts, Jakob Marengo. Based on the Henry Bailey text as well as texts from Masson, Uwe Timm and Dorian Haarhoff, Aldo Behrens has crafted an original Namibian musical text for which Marcellinus Swartbooi composed a NAMA-suite with 10 variations. Jacus Krige has arranged the compositions for the band and choir, and Theodore Cookson leads the Kalahari Ensemble.

This theatre production titled ‘Jakob Marengo – Lest we Forget!’, will be performed on 18, 19 and 21 December at 20:00, at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula in Swakopmund.
Additionally ‘Variations on a Blue Bench’ will also be staged. This play reflect a meeting between a retired academic and a notorious bum, meeting by chance on one of the many colourful benches at the Swakopmund Mole, specifically a blue bench. It will be performed at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula on 18 and 19 December at 15:00, and 20 December at 20:00.
The closing act of the holiday entertainment is a Christmas programme, Kalahari Potpourri, featuring the well-known Kalahari Ensemble with the Swakopmund-based Trio Feminale and guest artist, Randall Wicomb. The programme is filled with all the favourite hits of the last four musicals of the Kalahari Ensemble. This exciting performance is scheduled for 23, 27 and 28 December at 20:00, at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula.

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