National Art council Chairperson, Patric Sam said the Namibia Arts industry remains the most neglected industry despite employing thousands of youth.
Although unable to give figures of the number of people employed in the industry Sam said the industry which is on its knees because of COVID 19 which has seen banning of public performances is treated as a stepchild.
“We have a challenge where we are part of a ministry that also takes care of a changing portfolio of lime education. In normal circumstances whenever we engage in reality is that the arts industry comes last,” he said.
He said the loses that the arts and creative industry have suffered is surmountable.
” The issue is we need to monetise the performances that artist are doing online but we don’t even have the formula to start with this, ” he said.
Although being the man charged with coming up with a lasting solution to the arts and creative financial quagmire he maintains there is a need for more engagements on the issue to find a lasting solution.