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 21st time from Friday, 3  to Saturday, 11 April 2015 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 2015 ABSA KKNK 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 the debut of the  seven plays, six comedies, 20 musical productions and a dance production. Audiences can expect to see shows ranging from the thought- provoking  like Nicola Hanekom’s In glas (In Glass), Jaco Bouwer’s Buite Blaf die Honde Swart and Janice Honeyman’s  Bidssprinkaan.    

BELLY LAUGHS GALORE: This time around, comedians are on on the bill. Audiences can look out for funnymen like Nik Rabinowitz with his hit show What The EFF?, Schalk Bezuidenhout, KKNK favourite Marc Lottering and Rob van Vuuren at this year’s shindig. Or have a laugh with former Egoli actress and comedian Shaleen Surtie-Richards and her one-woman show, Die Woema van ‘n Windgat filled with witty quips about all gatsand with 13 comedies on the programme – audience members are truly spoilt for choice.

REEL TIME: Film fanatics rejoice! A selection of weight South African films will be on the bill for this year’s festival. Look out for the critically acclaimed Four Corners, as well as Abraham and Joost: A Game of Glory. The film festival aims to show a diverse mix of proudly local flms from filmmakers who push the boundaries and tell South African stories.

MUSIC CONCERTS: Music is a common thread that binds South Africans together.  This year, classical music reigns supreme, and  lovers of good tunes and great vibes can expect a range of exciting and surprising collaborations, like the concertconcert featuring Kurt Darren and Karen Zoid . Top acts including  Belgian popstar Dana Winner, Rocco De Villers, Adam Tas,  Emo Adams,a performance by musician Francois Van Coke,  and many more.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE:  Parents, fear not! There will be plenty of activities and theatre for your boisterous little one. This time around, South Africa’s favourite little witch, Liewe Heksie, will be making an appearance in Liewe Heksie: Flower Power, a pantomime featuring some of South Africa’s finest actors and directed by Lizz Meiring. Be sure not to miss out!

ART EXHIBITIONS:  Apart from 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 FIERY AFFAIR: For the first time in five years, the Fire Festival returns to the KKNK as it aims to  give back to the community and promote the arts in rural surrounding areas. As one of the organisers described it,“ [it is] the magic of theatre to children, other children who are not exposed to it“. Kids can look forward to a performance of Crossroads, a play that focuses on a group of matrics who decide to meet each other in 20 years time and reflect on how their lives have changed. All performances will take place after school hours and continue to filter through schools in Oudsthoorn, Volmoed and other areas.

TICKETS FOR THE 2015 ABSA KKNK FESTIVAL

Each act, concert, exhibition or activity at 2015 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival is priced separately, and entry fees range depending on each event, so please consult Computicket and the programme for specifics. 

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