27 debuts at this year’s KKNK


A total of 27 theater and music productions make their debut this year at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn.

The festival program for the 28th annual KKNK was launched on Wednesday evening during a grand event at the Leopard’s Leap wine estate in Franschhoek.

This year, the program offers a legion of theater and music debut productions, comedy programs, youth theater productions, in-depth conversation series and book discussions.

It takes place during the school holidays in March, from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 March, in Oudtshoorn and ends over the Easter weekend.

The complete festival program is available at www.kknk.co.za and tickets are already available at Webtickets, or the KKNK’s office in Oudtshoorn. Tickets bought in advance are cheaper than tickets bought at the doors or gates during the KKNK. For accommodation bookings, visit the KKNK’s website.

“This is a getaway for the whole family with a program for everyone’s taste,” says Hugo Theart, CEO and artistic director of the KKNK.

“Apart from outstanding drama, comedy, dance and visual art, there are also lifestyle experiences and discussion series that make for great conversation and polemics. The festival offers lots of free and cheap entertainment, not only in more formal venues, but also in the streets of Oudtshoorn. It’s your health clinic for total wellness!”

According to John Tshabalala, CEO of Absa Private Wealth, they are delighted with their continued partnership as main sponsor of the 28th annual KKNK, a long-standing celebration of art and culture in Oudtshoorn.

“We have proudly supported this event for decades and are delighted to nurture our unwavering commitment to promoting the arts in the dynamic community of Oudtshoorn.

“While we gather to celebrate creativity and cultural richness, we also celebrate the breathtaking natural beauty and invigorating fresh Karoo air. Our ongoing support is proof of our confidence in the transformative power of the arts and our commitment to preserve the unique spirit of this remarkable region.”

Festive offer

Jana Cilliers takes part in the drama polygon – one of 27 festival debuts on the program – the stage with Ludwig Binge, directed by Marthinus Basson. Cilliers also wrote the text. Sandra Prinsloo and David Viviers can be seen in Henque Heymans’ satire At the corner of Styx and River, Nora was mistakenly skipped to death.

Prinsloo also plays the lead role as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s award-winning production Master Class. Antoinette Kellermann and André Roothman are on stage The chairsa classic tragi-farce by Eugène Ionesco, directed, designed and translated by Basson.

Five artists are honored by the KKNK this year: Deon Meyer with the KKNK Afrikaans Onbeperk prize for literary contribution, Jana Cilliers with the KKNK prize for interpretation, Eldon van der Merwe with the KKNK prize for Young Voice, Poem Mooney with the KKNK -prize for Lifetime Contribution to Art and Culture and the visual artist Colbert Mashile as Festival Artist.

The Feesmarkt is the heartbeat of the festival and here festival-goers can spend hours walking through the stalls of this shopping paradise. The KKNK shop opens its door in a new area with more and more beautiful souvenirs than last year. Indulge in the buffet of food at the food stalls. Sample deli products, treats and beverages. Cool off at the on-site bars. Stretch out and enjoy the offer throughout the day and in the evening in the air-conditioned Absa Lounge, including informative conversations with celebrities. And get rid of that last bit of energy at the amusement park. Checkers is offering special experiences in the Festival Market this year, with several surprises awaiting festival-goers.

Karoo Mapsthe KKNK’s much-awarded and boundary-pushing multidisciplinary arts program that has been taking shape in Oudtshoorn since 2021, in 2024 involves every Oudtshoornie’s story and offers all kinds of experiences throughout the festival and across the town.

Karoo Maps is presented this year with the support of the Jannie Mouton Foundation, ATKV, Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds, NATi, the Western Cape government and the Oudtshoorn municipality.

A special collection of art exhibitions, curated by curator Dineke Orton, can be seen in the home of visual art, the Prince Vincent building. An exhibition by the festival artist of 2024 and an Absa exhibition are included, among other things.

Various discussion series are presented in the Netwerk24 festival cafe, including discussions about hotspots and important national issues, such as the 2024 election in Die Burger Praat Saam led by Jody Hendricks.

The KKNK’s Book Stories, led by Elna van der Merwe, offer daily insight into the processes and way of thinking of various authors.

More information is available on the KKNK’s social media, at www.kknk.co.za or contact 044 203 8600, send an e-mail to info@kknk.co.za or a WhatsApp to 065 285 2337.