Organisers: The aim is to bring the spotlight back on the beautiful flora and fauna of the Okavango post-COVID
Okavango Cultural Productions, in collaboration with the H&C Magazine, will host the inaugural annual Maun Carnival from 29 September to 1st October in Maun under the theme Art, Music, Tourism and Culture.
“The event will promote domestic and international tourism and boost the Ngamiland’s local economy.
More than 200 creatives
Furthermore, the carnival will bring fanfare to Botswana’s tourism hub and showcase the uniqueness of our people and tourism industry,” said Project Coordinator, Emang Mutapati, at a press briefing in Gaborone this week.
“We are thrilled that the activation will also create employment for over 200 creatives and many other businesses, particularly SMMEs from Maun. The local tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by COVID- 19, in spite of it being one of the top FDI and GDP contributors. The ambiance of the Carnival will therefore bring the spotlight back on our beautiful flora and fauna.”
90% local artist line-up
One of the project leaders, Gilbert ‘PP’ Seagile, reiterated that while various local creatives will benefit exclusively from 5 out of the 6 activations during the three-day festivity, the musical concert billed for the second day will have a 90% local artist line-up.
“We are excited to announce that the phenomenal Lizibo, the legendary Stika Sola, the talented DJ Big Pun and the versatile Berry Heart will form part of the performances,” he said. “The sensational Mafikizolo from South Africa will also be one of the show headliners.”
Other activities expected to brighten the carnival are a street parade, a poetry and comedy night, traditional games, boat excursions, a family fun day and some networking.
The three-day event coincides with Botswana’s 56th Anniversary of Independence and is supported by the Botswana Tourism Organisation, Staybridge Apartments, CEO Magazine, The Voice newspaper, DumaFM and GabzFM.