Namibia approves 2nd round of funding for arts sector

A man looks at an art at the Namibian Arts Association Gallery, during the opening of an art exhibition in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Musa C Kaseke)
A man looks at artwork at the Namibian Arts Association Gallery, during the opening of an art exhibition in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, July 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Musa C Kaseke)

Namibia has approved an additional 342,000 Namibian dollars (about 19,700 U.S. dollars) as part of the grant to bail out the country’s arts sector, which has been grounded by a State of Emergency imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country had earlier approved a five million Namibian dollars grant to bail out the country’s arts sector.

The funds were made available through the National Arts Council of Namibia’s Arts and Culture COVID-19 Relief Fund for the cultural and creative industries, the council’s administrator Gretta Gaspar said Sunday.

“The Arts and Culture COVID-19 Relief Fund of the National Arts Council of Namibia with the support of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, is a temporary project-based relief fund to support the cultural and creative industries to continue implementing their mandate, and sustain their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gaspar said.

The fund is open to individual artists, cultural workers, groups, and registered organizations.

About 47 eligible applications were received for the second cycle for review.