If you weren’t at Rundu last weekend, you missed out on the Weekend in the East (Wite) New Year’s ball.
The fifth edition of Wite featured DJs Kboz, Bcull, Laden, and Sexeta 69, who elevated the party atmosphere with their electrifying performances on the decks.
A special appearance by Gazza added an extra layer of excitement to the event.
The event, which takes place every four months, was hosted by socialite Sharon Tjimbundu and invites Namibian influencers and personalities as a token of appreciating their talent and social reach.
The event was previously hosted by Dilish, Maria Nepembe, Michelle Mukuve and DJ Alba.
Organiser Ludgerus Amushila says the event aims to promote local tourism, offering a weekend trip to the eastern part of the country every four months.
“We tailor the event to bring much-needed focus to tourism and leisure in the eastern part of the country and Rundu.
“Holiday lovers who came to Rundu and stayed at AM Ludgerus Boutique Estate did not only enjoy our luxurious rooms and delicate cuisine, but also received a free treat, including a boat cruise party, a game of putt-putt, and the waterfront festival at Rundu Beach,” he says.
The black-and-gold-themed party was hosted by influencer Tjimbundu, who boasts over 109 000 Instagram followers.
“We have attracted people all over Namibia – guests from Windhoek, Tsumeb, Omuthiya, Ongwediva and Oranjemund – all came for the New Year’s ball,” Amushila says.
In another part of the country, the annual coastal event Sound of Summer (SOS) celebrated a triumphant conclusion in December, having sold out all tickets.
The SOS festival took place at Langstrand, Walvis Bay, attracting over 6 500 people.
This sixth edition was well planned, with a magnificent main stage bringing in some 3D effects.
SOS event organiser Carel-David Rautenbach says the event was a big success.
“In addition to the main stage we had an Afro house and amapiano stage, which proved to very popular,” he says.
Rautenbach says the primary objective of the event is to position Namibia as a tourist destination, attracting people from other countries to witness the nation’s uniqueness.
“The goal is to elevate the event to world-class standards, fostering unity among Namibians and participants from around the globe.
“We have employed over 300 people during the event, encompassing roles such as bartenders and cooks.
“Additionally, we are contributing to the community by supporting local vendors, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their products,” he says.
Rautenbach says the event organisers are aware of the environment, which has in the past been left littered.
“We always do a proper clean-up before the event, and start with the clean-up during the event, and do not stop until it is clean.
We also clean the areas outside the event area where people park.
“We have many rubbish skips we use,” he says.
Attendees have dubbed SOS as the event of the year, emphasising factors such as attendance, safety and security.
The event featured special appearances from South African DJ Chris Taylor, as well as DJ Dean Fuel.
DJ Taylor at the event said he was left speechless as the party keeps getting better and better.
“A huge shout-out to the whole Namib Rage team, to the amazing crowd who raved with me, and to my fellow button pushers for the great vibes,” he said.
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