Policy on arts and culture
Introduced in 2001
The aim of this policy was:
- (To promote unity in diversity, give all Namibians a sense of identity and pride in their own creative talents, and to improve the quality of life.
- To uphold unity in diversity.
- To safeguard, extend and promote our physical, linguistic and spiritual heritage.
- To promote widespread cultural and artistic expression.
The policy on arts and culture has been implemented through the Directorate of Heritage and Culture Programmes and the Directorate of Arts in the Ministry responsible for Arts and Culture. These two Directorates have several national institutions linked to them that ran arts and culture programmes on a professional level and therefore help in the implementation of the policy.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
- Coordinating the implementing efforts becomes at times a daunting task for the two Directorates due to the fact that there are too many implementing agencies.
- Another challenge is how to clearly define and articulate what arts and culture entail, which should be accepted by all traditions.
- It is not well articulated how arts and culture can be used to create jobs and generate income to improve the quality of life.
- Many arts managers, arts practitioners and others think that the policy is not a practical and useful reference point for their organizations.
- Many of such people think that the policy is outdated and needs to be reviewed.
- Many people think that the policy is not a benchmark for the overall sector in which their organizations/institutions operate.