HOME OF THE ARTS CENTRE
Established in December 2017, HOTA is a not-for-profit organization located at the creative hub along the trans-caprivi highway in the town of Rundu, Namibia. The town of Rundu is located on the banks of the Okavango River, and its home to Namibia’s well-known wood carvers who trade their skills at Okahandja craft market and the Windhoek truck port carving workshop respectively.
Rundu is a transit town and a natural stop over for tourists to break the journey towards major tourist attractions and to two of the world’s natural wonders, the Okavango delta and Victoria falls. The town is also a melting pot of various sub-culture and heritage, and HOTA has position itself to play a key role in shaping the various cultures in the positive direction where everybody feels welcome and proud to be part of this vibrant town.
Another rational for choosing Rundu as host for HOTA’s headquarter is to influence the discourse on the importance of decentralizing art related training and services to smaller towns and rural areas.
HOTA’s promise is to “bring arts to public places” through the following programs;
Organize the Rundu Annual Arts Festival (RAAF):
Organize the Rundu Annual Arts Festival (RAAF): Hosting the RAAF serves as a great platform for artists to showcase their talent and entertain the audience, celebrating music and the arts in the hearts of the local community, showcase the richness and diversity of the new generation, and feature art talks.
Host monthly Night around the Fire (NATF).
NATF is a creative entertainment show made up of variety acts in storytelling by innovators & change makers, performances in music & theatre. NATF is a platform that brings artists and the audience together not only to entertain and inform, but also to educate, inspire, challenge perceptions, and provide new way of thinking and doing things.
The shop to sell art related products to locals & visiting tourists.
Conduct ongoing practical workshops
HOTA conduct ongoing practical workshops in visual and performing arts at a fee. In addition, HOTA conducts multi-disciplinary Arts outreach into public schools and permission to work in selected schools has already been obtained . The goal is to facilitate learning while having fun and create awareness on teenage pregnancies, gender based violence and other social challenges facing the youth.
Sponsorship and grants funding:
HOTA still rely heavily on sponsorships and grants to implement its programs and cover its operations. With dwindling donor funding and limited sponsorship opportunities , HOTA is working on a more sustainable sources of funding to fund operations & programs beyond the dwindling donor funding.