Namibia's 55th Oktoberfest Spectacular!


Every year for the last 55 years Windhoek celebrates its German heritage in one of the best ways possible: By holding its very own Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest has been held in Munich, Germany for over 200 years but when the fest comes to Windhoek you know it’s going to have a uniquely Namibian flavour.

 

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The Oktoberfest in Windhoek is like a little bit of Germany in Namibia.

(image courtesy of SKW)

 

The event aims to celebrate one of the many cultures that make up the rich tapestry of diversity that is Namibia, and it aims to bring people together for some good old fashioned family fun and games. The event is family friendly and several competitions are held through out the weekend with prizes and surprises for everyone taking part.

 

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Thirsty festival goers in search of more beer!

Festival goers will get the opportunity to enjoy traditional German festival grub like Bretz’n, Weisswurst, Hax’n and Lebkucheherz’n. But perhaps most importantly, there will be Festbier which will be specially brewed for the event by Namibian brew master Christian Meuller. Christian spent some time at Munich’s Oktoberfest picking up some tips and tricks that will no doubt mean better, more authentic beer for the thirsty crowds at the event!

 

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Beer, beer, beer!
(image courtesy of SKW)

What you can do there

Besides the delicious food and drink there will also be a range of activities and attractions to keep everyone happy and entertained. Live music, traditional Oktoberfest games and challenges, as well as other activities will make this event even more memorable for those of you who can make it there. Have a look at the festival’s official Facebook page which will provide you with the low-down on what to expect at the festival.

 

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The Stein lifting competition is always a popular event.

There will be a fine selection of live music that will range from authentic German oompa music to modern rock and roll. Popular traditional German band, Kirchdorfer, will be coming all the way from Munich to Namibia for the second time in as many years.

They are one of the original Oktoberfest bands in Munich and you can see what they’re all about by checking out the video below or by visiting their website.

 

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Kirchdorfer, the official Bavarian Oktoberfest band.
(image courtesy of SKW)

Kirchdorfer at the 2011 Munich Oktoberfest.
(video courtesy of Kirchdorfer)

Carrying the flag for Namibian music at this event will be the popular band Famaz Attak. Famaz play a mixture of blues and rock and will be on hand to make sure that the party goes late into the night!

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Famaz Attak will rock you into the late evening.
(image courtesy of SKW)

Head on over to the Hansa website to enter pre-festival competitions and you could stand a chance to win a limited edition beer keg filled with delicious Namibian brew. Be sure to visit their facebook page as well to keep up to date on all things Oktoberfest.

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A lucky keg-winner-
check out the Facebook page to find out how you can win!

(image courtesy of Hansa Namibia)

 

Program

This year's Oktoberfest is due to kick off on the 25th and 26th of October, with doors opening on Friday evening at 19:00, and closing only in the early morning hours of Sunday morning. There is a full program of events for the weekend so have a look below and see what's happening.

 

Oktoberfest program at the SKW (subject to change):

Friday 25 October 2013:

Gates open at 16:00

Band starts at 18:00

Official opening by VIPs at 20:00

Music & Entertainment till late

 

Saturday 26 October 2013:

Gates open at 10:00

Band starts between 12:00 and 13:00

Traditional competitions, games and entertainment during the day

Music & Entertainment till late

Tickets can be bought at www.computicket.com (or at any Shoprite/Checkers outlet) and will cost you N$75 for a day ticket if bought in advance (N$ 90 if bought at the door), or N$120 for the full weekend.

For more info you can get hold of the SKW who are organising the event.
 
SKW - Sport Klub Windhoek
Email: skw@iway.na
Website: www.skw.com.na
Telephone: +264 61 235 521

Why you should go

This year marks the third time in a row that Namibia Breweries Limited and Sport Klub Windhoek have joined forces to put on this spectacular event. The two organisations have been working hard to bring the fest to more people every year and they have succeeded in doing so. In 2010 there were 1000 attendees, and in 2012 there was a massive 5000 people enjoying sun, fun and beer at the SKW.

There are several reasons why you should make a turn by the event if you are in the nation’s capital. If you like good food, sunshine, happy people, fresh beer, and all round good fun then you should definitely make your way to the SKW grounds in your finest German attire and prepare yourself for a good time!

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There'll be plenty of beer and fun for all at this year's event!
(image courtesy of SKW)

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