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Founder and Director of OYO Philippe Talavera was born in France where he also completed his studies. He has a PhD in Veterinary Sciences, a DEES in Human Biochemistry and he studied performing Arts. He went to live in South Africa in 1995 and Namibia (where he still resides) in 1997. He created the ‘Ombetja Yehinga Organisation’ in 2001.

'Salute' selected at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam

Exciting news: our DVD 'Salute' has been selected at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam in July. The conference is one of the largest gathering of professionals involved in issues around HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend. Competition was hard and it is a great honour for OYO to be present, under the form of this DVD, during the conference. Congratulations to all involved!
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"Kukuri" premier - An OYO DVD

Don't miss our premiere! Red carpet event with cast and crew. Warehouse Theatre - Thursday 14 June 2018 at 8pm. Tickets N$ 40 - contact Cecilia or for more details. Secure your sit in advance! Come and enjoy our new DVD.
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OYO Dance troupe to perform in Botswana

Maitisong festival is an annual event that started in 1987 and has become the biggest arts festival in Gaborone, Botswana with international and local artists bringing theatre, dance, poetry and comedy to fee-paying audiences in several festival venues around Gaborone. Additionally it brings non-stop music shows to thousands of revelers in under-privileged areas free of charge. This year the festival runs from 13 to 22 April. The OYO dance troupe has been selected to perform a triple bill at the festival. Dancers will perform 'Maria', 'the Phantom of Namibia' and 'Thiasus' in Gaborone on Friday 20 April and again Saturday 21 April. 'It is a great honour for the dance troupe', says Talavera, director and choreographer. 'We use dance to create social awareness. We are well known for the social work we do. But we also work hard as dancers and performers. It is important for the troupe to feature during...
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San Matter Project - An interview with the Patriot newspaper

I, Tina a journalist from The Patriot newspaper would like to ask a few questions with regards to the San Matter Project (San Girls Camp). Tina: Since the establishment of the San Matter Project how many San girls has it managed to help in terms of reducing the school dropout rate? The first phase of the San Matter project, funded by the Embassy of Finland, took place in 2016/ early 2017. This phase helped us understand the situation in two regions of Namibia (Ohangwena and Omaheke) and prepare a series of targeted interventions. They form the core of the second phase, also funded by the Embassy of Finland. Most activities will take place in 2018 – it is therefore too early to answer this question accurately. However thanks to the Canada Funds for Local Initiative (CFLI) we could expand one activity, our San Girls’ Camps, to the Otjozondjupa region. Out of...
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OYO premieres long awaited DVD "Salute"

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust is proud to premiere ‘Salute’ tonight at the Warehouse Theatre. The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust, OYO, for the past 18 months, did a lot of work in correctional facilities, organizing art workshops with inmates and motivating inmates to go for an HIV test. OYO repeatedly visited facilities. Step by step, inmates started to trust OYO’s workshop leaders and open up, sharing their stories. This was made possible thanks to support from the German Embassy, OSISA and from the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and malaria. Based on those testimonies, OYO then had a writing workshop with inmates at the Windhoek Correctional Facility. We didn’t write per se, but role played situations. Inmates used their own language, their own experience. This script is, in many ways, written by inmates themselves. We wanted to keep it as real as possible. Carlito (Adriano Visagie, winner best male actor...
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OYO Dance Troupe premieres Thiasus

The 10-member dance troupe of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) on Thursday 24 August 2017 premiered ‘Thiasus’ with international guests from the UK (Ellie Hick), USA (Alexa Moore), Netherlands (Eva Lobker), Norway (Andrine Faleide) and Germany (Milena Nowak) at the Goethe-Institut Namibia. Recognised around the world, OYO uses an art form not so common on the local scene to inform, educate and raise awareness of Namibia’s social problems when communicating to a diverse audience at once. “OYO uses physical theatre, which is the telling of a story through movement and without words. Contemporary dance is often perceived as abstract. Physical theatre is not abstract. It really builds from story telling,” said Founder and Director of OYO, Philippe Talavera. Every year OYO is privileged, over the northern hemisphere summer holiday, to welcome young dancers to work with its troupe. It has become a custom to every August present the work Namibian dancers...
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