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Windhoek Karneval, Namibia

Windhoek Karneval, Namibia

The biggest cultural event in Windhoek, and Namibia in general, is the Windhoek Kareneval or WIKA. A remnant leftover from German occupation, visitors in attendance will feel a distinct German vibe throughout the festival. Held in April, WIKA involves a number of events including musical performances and a masked ball for adults and carnival and Independence Avenue parade for kids.

This is undoubtedly the most important cultural event in the capital. Celebrations begin with Prinzenball on the first Friday and see people go on to enjoy the Büttenabende (performances of music and sketches), Maskenball (the masked ball) and the Kehraus, which marks the end of the carnival. Festivities also include a ladies' night, a youth carnival and a children’s carnival.