KKNK festival kicks off in Little Karoo

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The popular Afrikaans arts and culture festival, the KKNK, has kicked off in the Little Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. It’s also its 25th birthday.

Organisers say 2019’s program is also a celebration of how far our country and people have come in 25 years.

Colourful and vibrant; music, art, theatre, fashion or food; annually, thousands from across the country descend on the Little Karoo town.

The Jordaan family, festival goers, say they enjoy walking through the stalls and seeing different things.

“We would like to welcome my brother and sister here all the way from Boksburg and we are staying in Mossel Bay. I always like the stalls to walk around and see different things and all the clothing and all that stuff. You know women, we like to shop around. That’s what I like.”

Oudtshoorn Mayor Colin Sylvester says that he hopes people enjoy the festival and also take back with them memories.

“We hope that everyone that comes to this festival will enjoy the KKNK, but take back with them memories that will bring them back next year again. This is a special festival, it’s 25 years of our democracy, but also 25 years of the festival so a special welcome to all our visitors.”

Once again, five new permanent artworks made their debut in the town. They’re part of the “maakit Mooi” project which is seen throughout Oudtshoorn. ABSA art curator, Dr Paul Bayliss, says:

“One of the needs that we looked at in terms of working with the KKNK office and the municipality as ABSA was to say what were the needs and one of the greatest needs was around public seating in and around Oudtshoorn. So a number of the functional artworks that we’ve brought is public seating in various forms because we really want the artwork to be engaged with, to be used by the community of Oudtshoorn.”

The week-long line-up includes theatre legends, musical maestro’s and other talents.

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