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Windhoek Carnival (Wika)

Listed under Festivals in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Carnival has become a global celebration, but you may be surprised to hear of a Rhine Valley, Beerfest inspired festival happening in Namibia’s arid interior, but that’s what Windhoek (locally called Wika) looks like.

Like its German parent, Windhoek’s programme consists of staged theatrical performances, debates, cabarets and comedy satires (some in German, some in English and some in African languages) and has a beer fuelled party atmosphere (with lots of singing and swaying.). The first day of the two week festival is the most formal with a carnival king and queen royal opening gala masked ball and plenty of food and drink. Then follow the parades and the commencement of the performances.

Regular stars of the festival are the Windhoek Royal Guard, one of Africa’s most talented dance groups. The first Windhoek was held in 1952 and it has since developed into a far more multicultural affair, with visits from performers popular in other international carnivals. Windhoek has a very formal organisational structure and programme which has seem the festival grow consistently over its lifespan, but the leather shorts slapping, beer chugging, sing along party atmosphere remains.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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When are you going to advertise the ''Windhoek Carnival'' on facebook. Do still want tourists or do you have enough?

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Hi - we don't represent the festival, but you could always add it yourself?

Please circulate the ''Windhoek Carnival '' to ''Web Deutschmeister'', on ''facebook'', as well as ''Ehemalige Schutztruppen Gebied'', Jochen Reimers on ''facebook''. Also you may include on ''facebook'', the ''Royal Georgian Legion'', of Tblisi, Republic of Georgia.

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Sorry, not sure what you're requesting here?

WHAT DATE WILL BE THE NEXT WIKA CARNEVAL IN WINDHOEK?

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26th of March 2011

Have you been before? What's it like?

Invite the ''International German Police Association'', to the Windhoek Carnival. They are n the ''Google'' website, and can be easily found by entering the name of their association.There Head Office, and President is in the U.S.A. You can mention my name.

When does the 2010 Windhoek Carnival take place

I am planning a trip to Namibia next year and would like to include Windhoek at carnival time. Is this a good time of the year to visit the tourist sites of Namibia (eg Etosha ) ? What will the weather conditions be like?

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If you scroll down to the very bottom of the page you'll see our World Weather Guide which is a good place to start!

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