Despite the name, this Festival is not JUST about MUSIC. Yes, we have GREAT bands and DJ’s coming… but we also have lots of other entertainment for you – Kids Camps, Circus Acts, Fire Dancing, Swimming Spots, Art Installations, Open-Air Cinema, Pimp your donkey-cart rides, a yoga camp, food stalls and crazy fun bars…the list goes on so you’ll just have to join us at The Festival to experience it all…
The Love Nest Theme Camp
The Love Nest is all about self love. A place where in and among the vibrant energies of the bustling festival one can come and relax and unwind between sets. We will be offering guided meditations, or just come hang out and meet fellow festival-goers. We will be serving home made iced tea, rosewater and of course, bubbles! Metallic tattoos and festival wear jumble sale for dress ups... plus a polaroid photobooth to document your favorite looks.
The Yoga Lily Camp
Renee runs the amazing Yoga Lily camp for you all! So bring your yoga mats and chill out to some sunrise sessions whilst stretching your mind, body and soul. Kids yoga sessions also on offer!
A CINEMA WITH A DIFFERENCE
Expand your mind to new dimensions with awareness-raising documentaries, golden-oldies, perspective-twisting shorts and groove-inspiring classics!
If the film is before midnight, it’s suitable for children, so dress-up and come along...
Maker Space - Kids Activity Camp
If you can’t find your kids at this year’s Okavango Delta Music Festival, don’t worry: they are probably busy in our brand new Makerspace. The Makerspace is a place where children of all ages can collaborate to create weird and wonderful machines, or just tinker with cool materials.
The Makerspace’s funky stretch tent will be jam-packed full of recycled materials, tools and equipment with which the whole family can explore and experiment. We have low tech, hi tech, no tech and glo tech (OK, you got us, we made that last one up). There will even be a MiniMaker section where our very youngest festival-goers can explore a range of toddler safe materials.
Our fantastic Makerspace team will be on hand throughout the day offering advice and helping hands. (Yes, they can hold that piece of selloptape for you while you attach the final rocket booster to your moon lander). And we will also be running a series of special workshops where you and your kids can learn a new skill or can work together to make the ultimate chain reaction!
So set your mind to wandering and start to think what will you create at the ODMF Makerspace? To fire your imaginations, take a look at some photos from one of our favourite makerspaces, the Tinkering Studio in California’s Exploartorium, and then watch this (maker) space!
Teams are getting together to provide all the art installations at the Festival. If you are feeling inspired and want to create some beautiful art there for everyone to enjoy, please get in touch with us on email@example.com
This year, Helicopter Horizons have a themed camp at the Okavango Delta Music Festival in the main entertainment area and a chopper ready to take you on 15 minute scenic flights from the Festival Island into the wilderness so you can encounter a variety of truly wondrous panoramic delights, priceless memories and stunning photographic opportunities over elephants, giraffe, hippos, herds of buffalo and much, much more. There is a Helicopter pad on the Festival Island so you can fly in from Maun airport (8 mins) for our transfer or book your scenic flight to go for a 15 mins flip during the Festival! So much fun...
Flight bookings will be accepted between 10 and 10.30am each day and will run from 10am till 12pm. Advance bookings taken to avoid disappointment!
P975 for 15 minutes scenic flight over the Delta (pick up and return at the Heli pad on the Festival Island).
P975 one way transfer between Maun airport and the Festival Island Heli pad.
Okavango Air Rescue
Your safety is our concern and to make sure you stay safe whilst you have the maximum amount of fun at our Festival, we have the Team from Okavango Air Rescue in their own camp with all the latest medical equipment necessary for an event of this nature as well as a helicopter on standby for daylight emergencies. Trained medical doctors and paramedics will be available to see to your every need.
Marimba Band - Achikids
Mike Mbatha has been teaching children marimbas at his house in Johannesburg at the Orange Farm township, since 2000. He also teaches at the local school and at a school in Johannesburg. Children come to Mike’s house on a daily basis to learn and play music after school. In time, as they got better on their instruments, they formed their own group called Achikids, comprising marimbas, drumming, dancing and singing. The kids play at events such as weddings and have been playing each year at the National Marimba Festival for almost a decade.
Many of the Achikids have grown up and now have children of their own, and while some still come to practices and gigs, most have had to find jobs after leaving school. One of the unique features of this group is that it has kids from age 5 to age 18+.
The children have become adept at teaching other children how to play. The marimba is one of easiest instruments to make a clean note on, even for complete beginners, and has only one ‘black’ piano key (F#) – otherwise it has just ‘white’ (major) keys. With only 8 notes, it is remarkably easy to learn on, especially as all the notes are marked A, B, C etc. The kids have learned to stand on the other side of the marimba while teaching novices and indicate with their hands which notes to play in a simple rhythm, so even novices can pick up a tune almost instantly. In 2016 Mike went to Botswana, made a set of marimbas, and taught a group of kids how to play them. A few weeks later they performed in front of Botswana’s president Ian Khama at the country’s 50 years of independence celebrations! The Achikids have helped Mike make many of their own marimbas; some of their instruments were won as prizes at the National Marimba Festival. Passing down the art of making marimbas is another useful Achikids skill.
The Achikids have built up a repertoire of dozens of songs. They often galvanise an event with their energy, and they can keep the vibe going for hours. They have also composed a handful of their own songs, and are dying to record them!
Circus Acts - BDI
BDI is an interactive sculpture circus that has been performing and creating at festivals and events for over 21 years.
Incorporating kinetic sculpture, pyrotechnics, stilt walkers and giant puppets, recycling, juggling, street theatre, outrageous costumes, mask and general entertaining mayhem, BDI’s work has been showcased in galleries, chalked on pavements and often caught fire.
This year, festival debris is collected at a central location and transformed into hats masks and costumes, culminating in a parade around the festival grounds.
Giant puppets/stilt characters are made specially and look out for the fire sculptures and interactive sculpture pieces.