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Professional filming

Filming in the Living Museums

The Living Museums offer great opportunities for filming in Namibia. Here not only the possibility to film the long forgotten, authentic way of life in the museum is given, but also to get an impression of the modern, African village close by or to experience the Living Museum as development project.

Especially for filming the Living Museums have the advantage that the actors are used to visitors and cameras and some even have experience with film productions (documentaries and semi-documentary movies). Various filmmakers have positively emphasised the professionalism of the performances.

Read a report about filming with Ranga Yogeshwar in the Little Hunter's Museum

Film team support

As trusted third party and contact partner of the Living Museums, but also as experts for Namibian cultures and for the development concept of the Living Museums the members of the Living Culture Foundation can be involved with regards to the logistical organisation or as consultants.

Should you have a proposal for a possible cooperation please write to:

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Professional filming in all Living Museums costs 6000 N$ (about 450 €) for 2 days of unlimited filming. Every additional day is charged at 2000 N$.

Permission to film

For professional filming a filming permit is required. This permit can be applied for and obtained from the Namibia Film Commission. Applications normally take 3 - 4 weeks to be processed. In some cases this application can be obtained faster by working through a local agency.

Furthermore a temporary work visa from the office of home affairs is obligatory. Not being in possession of such a temporary work permit might have the consequence of not being able to enter the country.

Important: To be able to film with indigenous language groups and minorities permission from the following organisations is to be obtained: 

To be able to film in National Parks you will need permission from the MET (Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia)

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 ...