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Fascinating culture of the San

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Culture of the Zambezi region

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Hunter-gatherer culture of the Damara

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Unique culture of the Ovahimba

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San culture of the Kalahari

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Bantu culture of the Okavango

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San culture of Northern Namibia

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About Us

Here you will find information about the structure of the LCFN and the partner organization in Germany, about our members and why we work in Namibia.


Structure of the LCFNThe Living Culture Foundation Namibia is a German-Namibian organisation which consists of the Namibian voluntary association Living Culture Foundation Namibia based in Windhoek and the german partner organisation Living Culture Namibia e.V. based in Tangermünde

Living Culture Namibia e.V. (LCN e.V.)

The organisation (Verein) Living Culture Namibia e.V. is the German partner of the Namibian non-profit organisation. Among other things the LCN e.V. represents the LCFN in Germany and tries to find supporters, sponsors and contributors all over Europe. Furthermore the members of the LCN e.V. in Germany are also directly involved in conception and design of the projects in Namibia.

Constitution of the LCN e.V. (german)

The Living Culture Foundation Namibia (LCFN)

The LCFN in Namibia is mainly responsible for the direct initiation, implementation, supervision and evaluation of the projects. Also the LCFN represents the organisation in Namibia and tries to find supporters, sponsors and contributors and directly involved project partners there.

Constitution of the LCFN (english)

Managing board

Sebastian Dürrschmidt

Sebastian Dürrschmidt

Dr- Ralf Kühn

Dr. Ralf Kühn

Claudia Tülp

Claudia Tülp

The LCFN in Namibia

The Living Culture Foundation Namibia will mainly operate in Namibia. The main reason is that the idea for the foundation was born in Namibia and was drafted to a large extend by Namibians. The main advantage for a successful teamwork exists in the already available cultural competence of the supporters, who are familiar with the mentality of a lot of cultures and communites in Namibia and have important knowledge about the country, due to their work in the tourism sector.

There are multiple reasons for the decision to be active in Namibia. Namibia has world wide the highest contrast between poor and rich. This fact motivates the supporters of the LCFN with in the scope of their possibilities to reduce this contrast.

Namibia is a culturally very versatile and heterogeneous. Apart from the official language English another 26 “living” languages exist. The demographic structure is also versatile and different. Twelve main ethnic groups exist: Owambo, Kavango, Herero, Himba, Damara, Nama, Topnaar, Rehoboth Baster, Coloureds, Caprivians, San, Tswana and the descendants of European and Asian immigrants. Due to this heterogeneity Namibia offers excellent possibilities for cultural promotion of different societies. Namibia is after Mongolia the country with the lowest population density. As a result the different societies live relatively isolated from each other. This is also a reason why the country has an interesting and culturally versatile potential, which allows the initiation of many different projects.

Namibia is furthermore a very safe state, with a low potential for conflict. Also corruption is compared to other African countries relatively low. Due to the good infrastructure distant destinations can be reached easily. All this as well as the wild, original nature offer important possibilities in the tourism sector, which is highly relevant for the LCFN.

Perspectively the LCFN plans to develop into an internationally acting organisation that helps people worldwide.

Exploring the Namib Deser together with the SanExploring the Namib Deser together with the San

Latest News

20 November 2023
During the last project tour, the idea of a traditional workshop at the Mbunza Living Museum came about. The aim of the workshop was to improve traditional craft techniques that originally played a role in the respective traditional cultures and are ...
04 October 2023
The Living Culture Foundation Namibia is organizing a traditional workshop and music festival for all Living Museums from Monday, October 30, 2023 to Friday, November 3, 2023. The workshop will take place at the Mbunza Living Museum, approximately 15...
12 April 2023
The employees and patients of the dialysis clinics in Tangermünde and Genthin handed over a donation of €4,000 to Dr. Ralf Kühn, founding member and chairman of the board of the German-Namibian association Living Culture Namibia at his farewell party...
27 January 2023
Thanks to a very generous donation of €3,600 from Ms. Ute Schmidt-Rohr, we were able to successfully complete the first part of the water infrastructure project at the Mbunza Living Museum. A pump was installed at the Samsitu campsite very close to t...
18 November 2022
 This meeting was a "follow-up" to the previous meeting in March 2022 to assess the project progress in the development of a Herero Living Museum in Otjokavare. From our side, two things were essential. Firstly: Better communication structures m...
01 October 2022
In August 2022 we paid a visit to the Mafwe at the Living Museum in the northern part of Namibia to, among other things, install a new road sign. The erection of the sign had become necessary because the Mafwe had moved two years ago and some of the ...