Catching the Kasi Vibe

08 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The Kasi Vibe Festival that took place in the capital last weekend, was described as a success by the
organisers, despite some small setbacks.
According to Kasi Vibe Festival PRO, Salmi Shiweda, they experienced power outages caused by an
electrical fault at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, where the event was held. She added that the technical
difficulties and power supply were beyond their control, but empathised with the grievances aired
by some exhibitors.
Clothing exhibitor Johanna Neena said that her stall was negatively affected by the power outages
because she uses a speed point for payment transactions. “However, I didn’t lose too much money
because some of my customers could make electronic transactions through online payments like e-
wallet.”
Another complaint was about the poor lighting at the stadium. Neena felt that at previous events,
the layout was more appealing for clothing exhibitors. For her, the food and beverage stands were
prioritised at the expense of other exhibitors. “Other SMEs that exhibited clothes in that section of
the stadium had the same troubles regarding lighting. At previous Kasi Vibes our stalls were set up in
such a manner that we got first access to visitors but this time visitors went straight to the
entertainment area.”
In response Shiweda said that Kasi Vibe is growing in popularity and they had to make space for the
growing number of exhibitors. “The SME stalls had to be shifted for security reasons and better flow
of foot traffic. At the last festival clothing stalls benefited from the floodlights at the stadium, but
since they were shifted this time, those who stayed after 18:00 did not have optimal lighting.
However, the contract we had was also only for them to exhibit until 18:00,” she added.
According to Heinrich Aluvilu, a software engineer and first-time exhibitor at transport service Inter
City, lauded the event, saying the mobile app increased its customer base to over 10 000 thanks to
their participation at Kasi Vibe.
He said the lighting issue did not affect them because their business is cellphone-driven.
The dates and venues for Kasi Vibe Volume 8 would be announced in due course. – Nampa

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