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Namibia’s arts industry hit hard by COVID-19 outbreak

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Namibia’s imposed lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 may cost the arts industry more than 600 million Namibian dollars (32 million U.S. dollars) due to cancellation of shows and events, an industry official said on Friday.

Patrick Sam, chairperson of the National Arts Council, said the arts industry, which mainly relies on live concerts, art shows and compact disc sales, is feeling the pinch.

“Artists are the hardest hit since they cannot perform anymore,” he said. “Artists mainly depend on sales and shows and royalties which they only get at the end of the year.”

“The absence of music shows is really affecting musicians. They don’t have any income coming in,” Sam said.

He said online and virtual shows exploited by other international artists do not work in Namibia due to a small market.

“Our members are on their knees,” Sam said. “Arts and culture bring people together, which the pandemic does not allow.” Enditem

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