ABSA KKNK Festival

Immerse yourself in a smorgasbord of stellar Afrikaans arts and culture in Oudtshoorn


The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefee / KKNK)  returns to Oudtshoorn for the 20th time from Saturday, 29 March to Saturday, 5 April 2014 to bolster appreciation for locally relevant and produced arts and culture in post-Apartheid South Africa.

This eight-day multi-platform performance affair features cutting-edge theatrical productions, concerts, kid’s entertainment, dance performances and visual art installations.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT 2014 ABSA KKNK FESTIVAL

20 YEARS OF KKNK: The 2014 celebration kicks off with the stylish Bravo Ball. This lavish affair not only aims to raise money to aid the Theatre Benevolent Fund, but also serves as the launch for the ABSA KKNK’s 20th anniversary book compiled by journalist Ilza Roggeband, PR guru Anet Pienaar-Vosloo and singer and former CEO of DsTV and the KKNK festival Karen Meiring. The book will be available for purchase throughout the festival.

SHOWS, SHOWS & MORE SHOWS: Exploding on a myriad of stages across this small Karoo town, the event offers something for all ages. This year’s festival programme bursts at the seams with 150 different productions, 62 of which will be making their debuts at the showcase. Audiences can expect to see shows ranging from the thought provoking and laughter inducing to the tear jerking and wannabe avant-garde.

MUSIC CONCERTS: Music is a common thread that binds South Africans together. Lovers of good tunes and great vibes can expect a range of exciting and surprising collaborations, like a performance by iconic singers Dorothy Masuka and Karen Zoid or a duet by Laurika Rauch and Elvis Blue. Top acts including Steve Hofmeyr, Emo Adams, Chris Chameleon, Jack Parow, Kurt Darren, Dr. Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Karen Kortjé and many more.

ART EXHIBITIONS:  Apart drinking in the striking landscape of the Karoo, festival-goers can also revel in amazing creations by South African artists at the many exhibitions on the bill. See works by Mzansi’s finest creatives and perhaps be moved to purchase a piece or two.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: More than just a cultural calendar highlight, the eight-day programme also offers up a range of family-friendly entertainment. The Rivierbuurt zone serves as a festival hub where visitors young and old can enjoy a range of local foods and shop the many arts and crafts stands. What’s more, there’s food and wine pairings and even an outdoor expo for sporting enthusiasts, and attendees can also take in some musical entertainment while kids enjoy number of activities at the amusement park.

TICKETS FOR THE 2014 ABSA KKNK FESTIVAL

Each act, concert, exhibition or activity at 2014 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival is priced separately, and entry fees range from free to R700p/p; so please consult Computicket and the programme for specifics.  Bookings can be made through Computicket telephonically (+27 (0)861 915 8000) or via Computicket.com.

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