Maun Hosts Regional Fashion Show

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All roads lead to the Life Centre in Maun this Saturday for the Northern Region Fashion Show, which is a precursor to the National Arts Festival.

Formerly known as President Day Competitions, the festival seeks to promote and develop the creative industry as well as to empower local artists.  This year’s festival is being held under the theme, ‘the creative economy: Botswana’s economic future redefined.’

A total of 94 contestants comprising of models, hairdressers, makeup artists, fashion designers among others arrived this past Monday with some coming from as far as Dibete down to Gudigwa. From Tuesday till Friday the contestants were then coached, profiled and pre-judged ahead of the main event.

The black-tie event is anticipated to attract around 360 attendees comprising of the models themselves, guest speakers and the general public. Award-winning contemporary folk stars, ‘Seeretsi & the Natives’ will headline the show.

When briefing the media recently about the competitions, North West District Youth Coordinator, Tshoganetso Mahupe said the elimination stage of the competitions began on May 6th and will be followed by the finals tomorrow were winners will qualify for the nationals.

Mahupe said that the fashion show will boost the local economy of the Maun, especially the hospitality industry, with all the models booked in to lodges and guest houses for the whole week. She further indicated that they have also engaged youth entrepreneurs for the provision of various goods and services.

She highlighted that two saloons have been identified and engaged to do the hair of the models, 10 makeup artists have also been engaged to enhance or alter their appearance and also do the touch ups during the event. 

Furthermore, Mahupe revealed that they have hired some sewing machines from tailor shops around Maun that will be used during the competition. “Youth photographers and videographers around Maun have also been engaged” she added. 

Meanwhile the youth coordinator has indicated that they will also host the Contemporary Music and DJs regional competitions also under the National Arts festival on the 24th of June still at the Life Center. The competition is for all the contemporary artists like the local rappers, musicians and disk jockeys who will compete against each other under different categories. Contestants will only be those from Maun, Okavango and Chobe region and around 110 are expected to participate.

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