Donation of Music Instruments to the Amazing Grace Brass Band Windhoek
The Amazing Grace Brass Band together with Ellen Gölz (right, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy Windhoek) and Lendl Izaaks (second row, left, Goethe-Institut Namibia), © German Embassy Windhoek
On 23 November 2020, Ellen Gölz, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy, and Lendl Izaaks from the Goethe-Institut Namibia handed over a donation of brass instruments to the Amazing Grace Brass Band in Katutura, Windhoek, represented by bandleader Michael Haman. The donation consists of six trumpets, two French horns, two tenor horns, two cornets and one tuba at a total value of about 105,061 N$ (ca. 5,730 €). The funding was provided by the Goethe-Institut in the framework of their support to music groups in countries all over the world.
Most of the members of the Amazing Grace Brass Band have been learning their instruments since 2017, though their progress was hampered as there were not enough instruments for all the interested youths. With the instruments, the brass band will be able to increase its repertoire and perform at official ceremonies, church events as well as at cultural festivities. The brass band provides many marginalized local community youths an opportunity to learn an instrument and gain self-confidence.
Cultural programme work - promoting art and exhibitions, film, theatre, dance, literature and music - is a key component of the foreign cultural and education policy of the Federal Republic of Germany.