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Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

The KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) will be taking place from 31 March – 8 April this year. It will be the 13th festival and promises to be as successful as past events.

The KKNK was born when Nic Barrow, an attorney and businessman from Oudtshoorn and Andrew Marais, then PR of Naspers, had a vision of an Afrikaans arts festival in Oudtshoorn shortly after the Grahamstown Arts Festival. The decision was made after a public meeting in January 1994 where more than 100 interested people from Oudtshoorn assembled. Shortly after this Nic Barrow was elected to Chairperson and Jans Rautenbach to Vice Chairperson.

The first festival was held from 7-13 April 1995 and just over 30 000 tickets are sold at an average price of R20. Ticket sales doubled to more than 61 000 at the second festival, which ran from 29 March to 4 April 1996. The popularity of the festival still grows each year! The 7th festival, from 7 to 14 April 2001, again has record ticket sales and the KKNK’s turnover exceeds R10 million! Even former president Nelson Mandela paid a visit! The 10th festival, from 3-11 April 2004 was opened by current President Thabo Mbeki. Average ticket price was R58 and with more than 190 000 sold the turnover reached just over R20 million!

The initial name of the festival was Klien Karoo Kunstefees, but it was soon changed to Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. Although this is still the festival’s official name, the use of the acronym KKNK is widely encouraged. The foundation laid for this festival ensures a festival free of political, cultural or religious affiliations.

The ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (ABSA KKNK) is a South African Section 21 Company established in 1995. The arts and activities supporting the arts are the ABSA KKNK core business. It is the ABSA KKNK’s goal to promote, encourage or preserve the arts, culture or customs mainly by means of Afrikaans. The ABSA KKNK strives towards the mission to establish the arts as an indispensable cornerstone of our South African nation. The ABSA KKNK’s mission is to be a trendsetting celebration and extension of the arts, mainly by means of Afrikaans.

The ASBA KKNK takes place in the town of Oudtshoorn in the Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape. Eden is also home to a variety of tourist destinations ranging from the golden beaches, lagoons and indigenous woods to the Cango Caves, ostrich farms and 4x4 routes. The KKNK is the perfect excuse to take a holiday in the area while there.

The full festival programme is now available online. The Festival Guide is also being distributed for free alongside a popular Afrikaans magazine. Bookings are open now.

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