Experience the 23rd KKNK in 2017
Experience the 23rd KKNK in 2017
Celebrating its twenty-third birthday, the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is a powerhouse on the South African cultural calendar and 2017 is shaping up to be a wonderful experience for all.
Taking place in Oudtshoorn from 8 to 15 April, the KKNK packs in eight days of theatre, drama, music, art, performance and literature. The dates coincide with the April school holidays and the festival ends over the Easter weekend. As ever, this Western Cape town is transformed as it plays host to thousands of visitors from across South Africa – and abroad.
The KKNK is a signature event on the Afrikaans cultural calendar, broadening its importance in English circles too, and this year includes talent from Europe as well.
This year’s theme is #BeleefDit or #ExperienceIt, a motif accompanied by a beaming smiley face, neatly illustrating all that the KKNK involves: a fusion of colours, sounds and sights you simply have to see to believe.
As ever, the Rivierbuurt is the get together for fun throughout the week. Here, stalls, a fun fair and rides are available for young and old throughout the day. Towards the evening, the Huisgenoot stage, for the first time since 2012, kicks off the evening music programme with some of South Africa’s biggest musos front and centre. Performers include best-selling singer-songwriter Kurt Darren, The Voice’s Bobby van Jaarsveld, Juanita du Plessis, teen sensation Brendan Peyper, Refentse, BlackByrd and many more.
Beyond the Rivierbuurt, the KKNK is host to a series of acclaimed theatre productions. Look no further than Asem in its debut year with acclaimed Antoinette Kellermann starring in this production written by Reza de Wet. Lara Foot’s Karoo Moose finds its way to the Klein Karoo, having scooped 15 major South African theatre awards. John Kani and Sandra Prinsloo is back on stage together in So ry miss Daisy.
Comedy is front and centre thanks to 3-in-1 met Casper, Schalk en Hannes featuring Casper de Vries, award-winning Schalk Bezuidenhout and Hannes Brummer, while Pasaanoffokof relies on the comedic prowess of Pieter-Dirk Uys. Pay Back the Curry, an English production starring Daniel Richards, is directed by Rob van Vuuren. Literature readings and visual art further complement a multi-layered cultural experience, the latter of which is based around the theme of greed and fear.
Uitkampteater is presented for the second year, with short theatre productions that span continents and genres, some of which will literally turn your world upside down. The initiative is supported by the Royal Embassy of the Netherland, Pretoria and Theaterfestival Boulevard.
The 2017 KKNK is shaping up to be yet another wonderful showing in the festival’s storied history. It combines genres and experiences for all senses to serve up a diverse offering for varied palettes. Anyone with an appreciation for the majesty of art and the emotion of drama will be spellbound by the theatre productions and programming on offer, which brings Oudtshoorn to a standstill for one week in April.
The complete program is available at www.kknk.co.za. Tickets are available at Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers and House & Home. Accommodation can be booked online.
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