We are asking you for support!
Now it is the duty of the LCFN to guarantee the economic success of the Living Museum. We have to start with the preparations for the opening ceremony and more importantly we have to market the museum in a way that would allow as many visitors as possible to get to know the Kavango culture. Road signs have to be produced and positioned, brochures are to be printed and banners are to be put up at lodges and guest houses. Furthermore a bush toilet and an informational display case have to be put up. For the opening national TV and radio stations as well as local newspapers are invited. The project will be introduced to tour operators and travel guides.
For these initiatives for the opening of the Mbunza Living Museum the LCFN needs about 5000 €. We are taking this opportunity to ask you to be part of this opening and to support the Kavango with a direct, target-orientated donation.
Living Culture Namibia e.V.
Account number: 3060011566
Branch code: 81050555
Reason for transfer: Opening of the Living Museum of the Mbunza
IBAN: DE26 8105 0555 3060 0115 66
Supporters from Germany can deduct their donation from taxes. The Living Culture Namibia e. V. is charitable and specially, listed in the register of associations of the district court of Stendal - VR 976, tax number: 108/142/01673, Revenue Office Stendal.
LCFN member Angela Romig will represent our foundation this week end (05.07 – 07.07) at the African and Caribbean Cultural Festival at the Rebstockpark in Frankfurt.
Aim of the event is: “... to enable personal encounters and to contribute to integration.” This motto thus suits our Living Museums and the projects that LCFN stand for in Namibia.
At our stand the philosophy and the current projects of LCFN are explained. For the small festival visitors a bow shooting competition is organised and the winner can claim his own original Bushman bow! Thus the culture of the traditional hunter- gatherers is playfully introduced to the children and maybe an interest to visit the Living Museums in Namibia is sparked with one or the other.
Should you be in the vicinity please visit our stand!
More information can be found on the festival’s website:
In June a German film crew and the well-known host and scientist Ranga Yogeshwar filmed at both Living Museums of the Ju/’Hoansi. Material for mainly two broadcastings was shot:
Die große Show der Naturwunder ARD (The big Show of Natural Wonders ARD)
- Broadcast date: Thursday, 11.08.2011 from 20h15 – 21h45
- Featuring about 10 minutes of the expedition followed by a discussion.
The show combines certain aspects of science (physical science, ethnology, futurology) with entertainment factor of an ARD show at peek time. For this purpose, Ranga Yogeshwar, who is hosting the show together with Frank Elstner, went on an expedition in Namibia and put himself into the lives of the traditional Ju/’Hoansi in our Living Museum. You can find more information directly at ARD Naturwundershow.
Quarks & Co WDR
- Broadcast date: Tuesday, 30.08.2011 from 21h00 – 21h45
- 45-minute feature on the Living Museums of the Ju/’Hoansi in Namibia
The well-known and established Quarks & Co certainly is one of the most popular science shows in German television. Host Ranga Yogeshwar is an expert in demonstrating the most complex contexts clearly and comprehensively to his viewers. This broadcast on the Bushmen addresses the history and the origin of the traditional hunter-gatherer people and draws the connection to their present situation in the modern Namibia. At the same time the concept of the Living Museums is introduced and questioned. Is it possible to give them a future in the modern world with this concept? Can the Living Museum save part of their culture? More information can soon be found at Quarks & Co.
Filmproduction with Ranga Yogeshwar
The German production company First Entertainment, which amongst others works for ARD and WDR in Germany, visited both Living Museums of the Ju/‘Hoansi at the beginning of June. After the pre-inspection tour in February during which the film team was quickly won over by the professionalism and friendliness of the Bushmen at Grashoek and at the “Hunter’s Museum” north of Tsumkwe, it became evident that filming would take place at both museums.
News from the Ovahimba
LCFN-members Sonja Iwanek-Kirchner and Nicolaas Kirchner, who are presently supporting a group of Ovahimba west of Opuwo to establish a Living Museum, visited the developing museum village with six „test“ guests and report on the developments and the challenges still facing the project.
In April 2011 Melanie Stenger conducted a project on her own, which was financed with 2000 € by the ING-DiBa AG. She decided on a topic, which seems to be a routine for us, but not for a majority of people living in the rural areas of Namibia: hygiene. The plan was to teach kids some basic hygienic measures like washing hands and brushing teeth thus strengthening their awareness for the importance hygiene and a healthy nutrition.
New Pictures from the Damara Museum
We have new pictures from the Damara Living Museum in Namibia close to Twyfelfontein. Photographer Jeanette Smusch gave her very best and created some really nice Star pictures.
Check it out here
29.04.2011A traditional Damara hut from our Living Museum close to Twyfelfontein – ordered by the famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner - is traveling around half the globe – from the Namibian Desert to the South Tyrol Alps. Read here how it all came about.
Reinhold Messner and the Damara
Workshop with the Kavango
As announced during the previous year the first LCFN-project tour of 2011 took us to the beautiful Okavango River close to Rundu where we had organised a small workshop to support the project group of the Mbunza Living Museum with the development of their Living Museum at Samsitu.