Open Call for Artistic Works
OLAF- Otjomuise Live Arts Festival
Bridging life & arts in the city.
Deadline: 21 September 2021, 24H00.
The National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) and Goethe-Institut Namibia (GI) proudly announce the open call for artistic works for the oncoming 1-week long live arts festival; OLAF (Otjomuise Live Arts Festival) set to take place 06-13 November 2021 in Windhoek. Co-produced by the NTN and GI, the festival aims to bridge life and the arts in the city, by offering opportunities for live artistic forms to be showcased and/or exhibited within Windhoek’s public spaces.
The name Otjomuise stems from the Otjiherero name for the city, which means ‘place of steam’. The name of the festival reflects not only the city’s unique environmental character, but also its rich heritage and searing creativity to impact its inhabitants.
OLAF is largely brought about by the inaccessibility of the majority of Windhoek’s inhabitants to various artistic expressions; often limited to indoor, and at times, inaccessible areas of the city. Thus, OLAF offers opportunities for immersive, experimental, and refreshing artistic forms that can be showcased or installed in public spaces where life and the arts can meet.
Individual and ensemble Windhoek-based performing, visual, digital, and conceptual artists are openly called to propose small scaled works to feature in the festival, by applying through the online application form ‹HERE› , between 09-21 September 2021. Due to resource allocations, ensembles should not exceed four (4) members. A standard material, rehearsal, and transport fee of N$ 1000 will be provided to each contracted artist, who will be remunerated with an additional fee.
The themes of proposed works can cover a wide range and are not limited.
Artistic works are encouraged to be short, small-scaled, logistically achievable, and family-friendly. Ideas and works that are often excluded from institutional, traditional contexts are highly encouraged. Though a selection of sites is already offered for the festival, artists are welcome to suggest preferred public sites. Additionally, all proposed works should adhere to the health and safety protocols outlined by local authorities’ regulations.
Suggested forms are:
- Site-specific performances
- Visual artworks; site specific murals, displays, and installations
- Poster campaigns
- Creative community engagements/interventions
- Any other creative work
Applications close on 21 September 2021, 00H00. Incomplete and incomprehensible applications will not be evaluated. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is the producer of the festival?
Goethe- Institut Namibia (GI) and the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).
What is the role of GI?
The GI is a Co-producer of the festival.
What is the role of NTN?
The NTN is a Co-producer of the festival.
What kind of works is the festival open to?
Suggested forms are:
Visual artworks; site specific murals, displays, and installations
Creative community engagements/interventions
Any other creative works related to any desired space or community
Can I propose a street parade?
Yes, street parades can be proposed for the festival.
Can I propose a creative social protest?
Yes, creative protests can be proposed for the festival.
What does it mean that proposed works should be small scaled?
Proposed works should be logistically achievable within the allocated material, transport and/or rehearsal fees of N$ 1000.
Can bands apply?
Yes, bands can apply. Ensembles should not exceed four (4) members. This is due to the remuneration fees allocated per ensemble.
What if I want to perform in a venue?
OLAF is public based. Artistic works taking place at indoor venues will not be considered.
Is nudity allowed?
Artistic works are suggested to be family friendly.
How much is the remuneration fee?
Each contracted artist would be remunerated N$ 2000. If it is an ensemble, each artist would be remunerated N$ 2000 accordingly.
I don’t think N$ 1000 will be enough for my installation, can I have more funds?
The allocated fee for preparatory materials is N$ 1000 only.
How will I know if my application is successful?
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Can NTN & GI print for me, so I save on my material fees?
Printing should be part of your material fees.
Will NTN and GI provide technical support?
Standard equipment and power supply will be provided to contracted artists. Ensure to fill in your technical requirements as clearly as possible.
Will I receive my material fee in cash after I sign contract?
Should you be contracted, the material, transport and/or rehearsal fee of N$ 1000 will be transferred to your account upon a signed contract.
Can I have my installation work back? For how long can it stay?
Yes, your installation can be permanent or temporary.
I want to host a screening; can I do this?
Yes, screenings are welcome. Technical support would be provided by the organisers.
Will NTN & GI drive audiences to my work?
No. Audiences would be situated in targeted communities and in the public.
Can I be selective about the kind of audiences I want? E.g. women or teenagers only?
The festival is public based, open to various community members.
Will there be security available at the public areas?
The festival team would be present with traffic and general support.
If my things get stolen in the public area, will NTN & GI pay for it?
The festival team would be present with traffic and general support. Additionally, the NTN and GI, would not be responsible for lost and stolen materials.
Will the GI & NTN be held liable for any personal loss or damage during the festival?
No, the NTN & GI will not be held liable for any personal loss or damage during the festival.
Who can participate?
Eighteen (18) years and older practicing, Windhoek-based artists are invited to apply.
Can I submit works that been already produced?
Proposed worked should not have been showcased and/or performed earlier than 30 March 2021.