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NTN WEBINAR: The critical role of indigenous languages in developing Namibian theatre
The National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) presents the live webinar titled “The Critical Role of Indigenous Languages in Developing Namibian Theatre”. The talk is motivated by the significant role of local languages in strengthening and enriching theatre practices in Namibia. The engagement highlights the lack of indigenous languages in the sector. The application of local languages in our literary products is integral in developing rich Namibian theatre, and its envisioned wide consumption. With the NTN’s mandate to develop, produce and promote a vibrant and sustainable performing arts sector in Namibia, the theatre finds the production of stage scripts in local languages critical in driving a sector that (1) is rich in local literature and cultural merit, (2) drives an increased consumption by the Namibian general public and (3) provides an alternative to highly globalised forms and themes.

The panelists include Prof Sarala Krishnamurthy (NUST), Naitsikile Iizyenda (UNAM Press), Florence /Khaxas (Y-Fem Namibia Trust), and Dr. Niklaas J Fredericks (NUST).

The talk is moderated by NTN's artistic director Nelago Shilongoh.

For more information, visit www.ntn.org.na

Jul 27, 2021 06:00 PM in Johannesburg

National Theatre of Namibia (NTN)
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Nelago Shilongoh (Moderator)
Artistic Director @National Theatre of Namibia
Nelago Shilongoh is a theatre maker, visual culture researcher, curator, and performer whose work is predominantly influenced by reflections and research on identity, and how history and the present marry. She is an award-winning performer and theatre director with centeredness on decolonial themes. Since 2019, she serves as the Artistic Director at the National Theatre of Namibia
Dr. Niklaas Fredericks
Senior Lecturer @Namibia University of Science and Technology
Dr. Niklaas Fredericks is a lecturer in the Department of Communication at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. His research interests include sociolinguistics (Language attitudes, language shift, language death, language revitalisation) and Khoisan linguistics, particularly phonetics and phonology. In addition to that, he is also interested in communication and indigenous knowledge research from an anthropological perspective. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of the Western Cape.
Naitsikile Iizyenda
Editorial and Production Manager @UNAM Press
Naitsikile Iizyenda is an avid reader and loves all things cultural heritage. She is the Editorial and Production Manager at UNAM Press, the University of Namibia’s dedicated publishing unit. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (English and History) from the University of Namibia (UNAM), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), a Certificate in Managing Cultural Organisations (University of Victoria, Canada) and a Master of Arts in English Studies (UNAM). UNAM Press is dedicated to promoting and preserving indigenous languages and through her work, Ms Iizyenda has worked on several titles published in Namibian indigenous languages
Prof Sarala Krishnamurthy
Professor @Namibia University of Science and Technology
Prof Sarala Krishnamurthy (Ph.D., Bangalore, India) is a Professor of English in the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She has taught at the post graduate level for over 35 years in the areas of Stylistics, English Language Teaching and Post-colonial Literature, and successfully supervised eight PhD and twelve MPhil students. She has published two books on African literature and several articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She has worked on two major national projects: P3ICL which is to protect, preserve and promote Indigenous culture and languages with funding from the European Union and The Herero Genocide Survivor Narratives with funding from the Carl Schlettwein Foundation in Switzerland. Prof. Krishnamurthy served as part of the committee for theatre judges in the Namibian Film & Theatre Awards since 2006.
Florence /Khaxas
Cultural Activist, Creative @Y-Fem Namibia Trust
Florence /Khaxas is a passionate & caring women human rights defender, feminist community organizer, Cultural activist and creative writer. Her work focuses on the intersections between gender, mental health, and violence against women through feminist movement building, tech, and storytelling. She promotes indigenous creative writing by young women as a form of activism and healing. She has 10 years of experience in feminist movement building, community organizing and youth leadership development. She is the Executive Director at Y-Fem Namibia Trust which is a Feminists NGO which is a women’s human rights organization that focuses on leadership development of girls, young women and gender diverse youth, advocacy & movement support were she designs and executes programs for the advancement of women’s rights, leadership and empowerment of girls, young women.