Night Under the Stars (NUTS) was established in 2014 to create a platform for local musicians, where they showcase their talents and are exposed to the audience. The project targets new and upcoming musicians who are not yet established but also welcomes those who have been on the scene for a while.
“We are looking for diversity in terms of genre and set ups,” said Ruth Suermann who was the acting director of the Goethe Zentrum in Windhoek that time. She said the project intentionally keeps the entrance free to the concerts very low to attract an audience and make access to local music easy for all. The crux of NUTS is a musician’s ability to perform live and instruments are a must.
The Goethe in Namibia has never cancelled a show and is proud to have been part of the career development of musicians from amateur to professionals. “Some musicians who have performed on the NUTS stage as newbies in 2014 and 2015 have propelled into the industry and returned to the NUTS stage as professionals,” said Suermann.
Apart from local acts, NUTS has over the years also welcomed musicians from Germany, Canada, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Angola to name a few. Each NUTS concert that welcomes musicians outside of Namibia encourages cooperation and cultural exchange with local musicians.