Art that took Flight this Year

2015 will surely be a year remembered with great fondness by both the artists and the lovers of art in Namibia. Critical steps took place this year towards giving Art the platform that it is due as our vehicle of expression, creation and heritage. Award winning Namibian artist, Tanya Turipamwe Stroh prepared a review of some of the important developments in Art …

The Art of Finding Oneself

“Love your body, drop your judgement and celebrate life through abundance.” Art has been called “simply the vehicle for an idea”. The vehicle towards the best of the new year is one which brings us to understanding ourselves. Just as art stems from within, so too do all of our successes. Considering the well known saying by Joseph Beuys, “everything …

Namibian Songbird with her Festive Season Recipe

“You are what you repeatedly do” Just in time for the festive season, Namibian songbird, Lize Ehlers has sent us her festive season recipe of choice for a healthy, happy and creative summer. A festive season recipe by Lize Ehlers Because my body is my temple and the Xmas season is usually filled with cakes and sweets, I personally would …

A Namibian Learning About Breaking the Rules of Art in Bali

“To me, art is the only thing that will never restrict you.” A Namibian artist and performer, LeXi spent one year studying Fine Arts in Indonesia. 99FM’s MYD Art sat down with LeXi to talk art, learning and what we as Namibians can learn from art in Indonesia. 99FM’s MYD Art asked : What do you personally love about art? …

Finding the Identity of a Place in its Art

  Visiting a batik store in Indonesia is a sensory experience – from the beautiful patterns and colours of the artwork to the distinct smell of the batik fabric. One of the world’s oldest arts forms with evidence of Indonesian Batik found from over 2000 years ago, this historical art form has become so intertwined in the culture of Indonesia …

Painting with a Lens

“It’s very important to have a sense of self-worth, as artists we need to express that importance with the work we do.” A young Namibian with a strong sense of self worth and artistic flare, Oshoveli Shipoh is making his mark from behind the camera. Working as a designer in the advertising arena, Oshoveli is also becoming a well-known Namibian …

Forgotten Art Fuels Curiosity in an Unforgiving Desert

“Somewhere between the myth and the truth, you’ll find many more such lone men watching over the desert.” Have you ever wondered about the stone men that are sprinkled around Namibia? Found in places so beautiful it seems as if perhaps one night a stone that came to life wanting to appreciate the Namibian landscape from the perspective of a man. …

Namibian Food as Inspiration for Connecting with One Another

“It is easy to create something incredible when you use the tools you have to make something inspired” With eager anticipation Namibia has welcomed the follow on cook book by Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt, an ode to the art of food and yet again propelled by passion. After the great success of her first Namibian cook book “My hungry heart” …

Drumming Up Mental Health

“Music can be that friend you never had, that listens and does not pass judgements. Mental illnesses are lonely illnesses leaving you feeling that you are alone all the time. Music fills a void within you and is always positive which, considering the place you are at, can be life changing.”   The arts are gaining ground as part of …

Dance, the Powerful Language of the Soul

  Tulimelila Shityuwete and Hamish Olivier had a dream of a place where dancers can practise, learn and be themselves through dance. This seemed like a dream that would stay a dream for many years to come but one morning Tulimelila decided that this place was needed now and within the space of three months the first Namibian dance studio …