18 entertainment Friday, July 28, 2017 | NEW ERA EVENT Gobabis July rivals Durban in fashion Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Windhoek The Durban July and Ascot have over the years become known as the catwalks of racegoers, away from the conventional catwalks of the fashion worlds. The Gobabis race has upped its class in the couture division with racegoers imitating if not rivalling their fellows at the much more well-known world horseraces in terms of fashion. “The British upper class is famous for its fortitude in the face of adversity, but Royal Ascot racegoers were getting hot under their collars as they sweltered in formal clothes in the UK’s summer heatwave Tuesday. “As temperatures soared to nearly 30c at the Berkshire venue, west of London, organisers said they were considering relaxing the strict dress code for the fiveday Royal Meeting, one of the highlights of the British summer’s sporting, fashion and cultural calendar. “But while women racegoers were able to flaunt their summer outfits, Ascot officials stuck to their guns, and gentlemen in the requisite top hat and tails in the Royal Enclosure were ordered to keep jackets on despite the heat,” CNN wrote about the fashions at Britain’s premier horseracing event early this month. Gobabis-based designer and t a i l o r, L a d y N a m b u n g a , w h o specialises in Ovaherero traditional dresses, testifies that this year’s July Handicap, unlike in previous years, seems to have tickled the fancies of fashionistas. Especially, it seems for those who have been demanding special for designs at the eleventh hour. The event thus promises a fashion extravaganza like none other and will perhaps rival if not equal its more famous counterparts in Durban and London. She says that she has equally been approached by supporters of various teams competing in the Debmarine Cup for outfits in the colours of their various teams. Gobabis, is expected to be bursting at its seams tomorrow when the July handicap takes place at the Gobabis Turf Club, which is quickly assuming the role of one of the country’s most popular horseracing venues – just behind Windhoek, and Rehoboth, which lead the pack in this regard. For the first time in the history of horseracing in Namibia, this year’s event boasts a whopping sponsorship of N0,000. Omaheke regional sports officer and national horseracing coordinator, Stanley Tjozongoro, says the biggest attendance they have experienced at previous horseracing event in Gobabis was about 5000 people. However, this weekend they expect the July Handicap, one of Namibia’s premier horseracing event, to surpass this number. He has no doubt that the town has the capacity to accommodate the masses expected in the town, which this weekend also hosts the Debmarine Cup soccer matches. Tjozongoro says interest among horseracing fans, both young and old, has been evident among fans and fanatics from even as far as Windhoek. Photo: sleeping-out.co.za Women in their breath-taking outfits at the July Handicap in Durban, South Africa. Women dressed to kill at this year’s Royal Ascot horserace in London, United Kingdom FAIR City sees first ever Wedding Fair Married bliss… A wedding picture taken by the Francis Photo Studio, one of the exhibitor at the first ever Wedding Fair scheduled for tomorrow at the NamPower Convention Centre. Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek For first time ever Namibia is going to experience the excitement and beauty of a Wedding Fair scheduled for the capital tomorrow at the NamPower Convention Centre. The fair is an initiative of the Namibian Weddings company, founded by Luciana Kangombe, known as Lucy K in fashion circles. They will host the event under the theme “To Inspire and to Enlighten.” Lucy K says the fair will look at everything a bride needs to make her special day an unforgettable experience. This includes wedding gowns, decor, photographers, wedding cakes and everything that has to do with weddings, all on exhibit at the same event. T h e g a r m e n t s a n d o t h e r accessories will also all be on sale. Two international and 15 local exhibitors will showcase their creations. Some of the local exhibitors include Francis Photo Studio, By Invites, NWR, Vibrant Dynamic Investments, Leni Clothing, Loyal Boutique and Galaxy Advertising, while organisers have also confirmed Hellaz Couture as one of the international exhibitors. In the afternoon a workshop will follow with mixed couples, already married and intending to marry couples participating. Couples that are already married will counsel the would-be married, accompanied by fun activities simulating married life. The couple that impresses the most during these activities wins an international trip to a destination of their choice. The Wedding Fair also features a fashion show at night to round off the day. Twelve male and female models will walk the catwalk to showcase the wedding wear of the various exhibitors. “Here each exhibitor is expected to craft a style in order to lighten and inspire the audience, and those who are ready to enter into marriage,” an excited Lucy K says. The fashion show will also see performances by Franklin & DA, CJ and PDK – with the latter playing songs from their latest album, ‘Odikwa’. Refreshments will be sale, and the entrance fee for the fair itself is N. Normal tickets for the fashion show are N while VIP tickets will cost N0. The show starts at 18h00 in the evening.
Friday, July 28, 2017 | NEW ERA BEAUTY PAGEANT entertainment 19 Tura queen focuses on upliftment Beauty with purpose… The new queen of Katutura 2017, Geraldine Kandorozu, with first princess Naomi Kamenje and second princess Ngutjiua Karamata after their crowning at the Katutura Community Hall last Saturday. Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Striving model, Geraldine Kandorozu, who has just won the crown of the new queen of Katutura has big plans for uplifting her community. Kandorozu was crowned as the new face of Katutura during a glittery well-attended event at the Katutura Community Hall last Saturday. The pageant crowned Naomi Kamenje first princess and Ngutjiua Karamata scooped two titles as second princess as well as Miss Personality. “I’m humbled and excited at the same time, winning Miss Katutura was necessary for me because of the plans I have. “There is a deep need in our community, and many issues that need to be addressed and tackled,” Kandorozu says. She believes God has given her this platform to benefit her people, and she will use her new title to influence others. “I have a list of things I want to address and attend to in my community, that’s why winning was necessary. The platform will make it easier for me to reach schools and different offices I will need assistance from or need to work with,” she says. Her main focus will be on the youth, especially young girls whom she wants to motivate to believe in their dreams. “I want to restore self-worth and love in God’s people.” Kandorozu’s career as a beauty pageant contestant started as a joke in Okahandja in 2010. “I was new in the hostel (Okahandja Secondary School hostel) and as per school custom, we had an event where we had to show our talents as new learners. Since I couldn’t sing nor dance, I decided why not just walk on stage,” she says. Geraldine went on to win the crown of first princess at her first beauty pageant at the school. In 2011, she took part in three pageants, Miss Hano, Miss Otjinate and Miss Waitress, all hosted in Windhoek and won all three titles. In 2012, she took part in the Miss Epukiro where she won the crown of second princess. The next year, 2013, was another exciting year for her as she was crowned Miss Okahandja Expo and Miss Opuwo Trade Fair in 2014. In the same year she was chosen as a Namibian Tourism Ambassador to represent the country in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She participated in the event, which featured other beauty queens from around the world, under the mentorship of former Miss Namibia, Paulina Malulu. “There are a few other local pageants I have always wanted to take part in. I will have to see if I am still able to, especially the pageants that will give me a platform where I am able to represent the country at an international level. “But for now I want to concentrate on my current title and do as much as God allows me to,” she says. Miss Katutura proved to be an exciting entertainment extravaganza. Despite the show ending in the wee hours of the morning, those who attended could not stop screaming and craved even more. The artists performing gave the audience a real treat, especially the appearance by One Blood performing their hit singles ‘Warakata’ and ‘Platinum’. Diop, Rax Kandjoze, George Mbeumuna Nderura, Black Masters, MCMG, Mutjanga and Tjonga were among the artists who thrilled the audience with their amazing performances. EXHIBITION Sabina Elago Windhoek The College of the Art (COTA) will host a Project Week for the Visual Art Department starting on 1 August at various site in Windhoek. The eleven days Project Week has become an annual event of the department that takes place at various sites in Windhoek, when lecturers and students practise their artistic skill in public. Head of the Department of Visual Art, Nicky Marais, says this is an opportunity for students and lecturers to leave their classrooms and studios and interact artistically with different communities in Windhoek. “During Project Week the students and lecturers will be fully involved in the realisation of the various projects incorporated into Project Week,” she says. Marais adds that students will paint two murals, make two big public sculptures, and create a new range of craft-jewellery using wood from invader bush. They will also make an installation of MUSIC Windhoek The cosy courtyard at the Goethe-Institut Namibia once again promises its usual spectacular with a stellar performance by Namibian and German musicians at the next edition of ‘Night under the Stars’ on August 4. Featuring on stage will be none other than Nasim Tekie and Ashwyn Mberi, who will present a caressing combination of their vocal talents that can produce sounds of rock, reggae, RnB and soul. totem poles, new signage for art institutions and complete a large wall mosaic. “Following last year’s successful Project Week, the projects for this year promise to be exciting and meaningful by covering a variety of different techniques and materials,” she adds. This year’s Project Week will cover activities such as the ‘Murals at the Augustineum School with German artist Edeltraut Rath.’ This project, aims to create a beautiful and inspiring educational atmosphere at the newly renovated Augustineum School in Khomasdal. Marais and six students will work on this project. They will paint a mural at the TB Hospital to create a hopeful and engaging mural for the entertainment and encouragement of patients, staff and visitors to the TB Hospital at the Katutura State Hospital. Lecturer Papa Shikongeni and six students will work on this project together. Lecturer Darina Zheynova with six students will facilitate ‘Public Sculptures at the Nyama Showground Grillhouse’ where students and lecturers will make big “Music lovers should expect two voices that project a combination of love and poetry about experiences in life,” says Tekie, a medical student at the University of Namibia. She has a great passion for music and is inspired by the Motown Soul of the 1950s that brought the raw reality of a broken heart and the incalculable bliss of a first kiss to life through music. Having performed with numerous wellknown artists and having written songs for award-winning musicians, Nasim’s golden and metal public sculptures outside the popular restaurant. They will create the sculptures with the help of master sculptor, Sammy Kamati, who was instrumental in the creation of the Eland Sculpture last year, which now features outside the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN). Lecturer Peter Kewowo and five students will create metal and stone sculptures alongside renowned French artist, Gé Pellini and COTA final year student, Kambezunda Ngavee to raise awareness about poaching in Namibia. The mosaic wall at the Katutura Community Art Centre (KCAC) that lecturer Kim Modise started during last year’s Project Week will be extended this year in collaboration with lecturer John Nampala. Lecturer Erik Schnack and seven students will create an installation celebrating the different family totems of Namibia in a combined installation at the Katutura Community Art Centre. The project explores the technique of wood carving. Love, life, music and poetry …at Night under the Stars Fillipus Sheehama and four students will make creative new signboards for COTA and Penduka to make it easier to find these two artistic landmarks of Windhoek. Jewellery design lecturer Robert Hidishange, together with four students, will create a new range of jewellery made with wood from invader bush species in Namibia. They will craft wood from these problem plants into pendants, necklaces and bracelets to raise awareness about the problems of bush encroachment for livestock farmers. Students and lecturers of the visual arts department will realise these projects with the financial and material support of various partners, and create them at different venues throughout the city. Project Week will conclude with a drive around all the projects in the afternoon of Friday 11 August, ending at the Katutura TB Hospital, where they will hold a braai with live music performances supported by the FNCC. harmonious voice will be up against another significant talent. Ashwyn is no stranger to the stage or Namibian audiences, and he will contrast Nasim’s caressing voice with his sultry tone and hard-hitting lyrics. The two multitalented individuals who play instruments such as guitar and djembe as well as sing, are bound to create an unforgettable evening full of expression. The concert kicks off at 19h00 and the entrance fee is N.