'Kaktus' returns to KKNK in 2012

2012-01-19 13:12
Leighton Koopman
Cape Town – An abundance of entertainment, art and festivities awaits visitors to this year's Absa Klein Karoo National arts festival in Oudtshoorn.

Organisers have also promised an extensive programme which will include street art, street theatre and street music.

The launch of the 18th KKNK programme was attended by some of South Africa's most prominent artists and celebrities.

Most of them will feature in the productions set to run at the festival.

The festival will take place between March 31 and April 7.

According to the KKNK CEO Brett Pyper, the festival has something for everybody.

"The KKNK is still the country's leading platform for new stage work in Afrikaans.

"The festival organisers and various partners worked together to keep the festival affordable."

The festival will also boast a new Breakthrough venue. Here, festivalgoers will be able to see up-and-coming and outstanding young artists.


At the Huisgenoot-musiekplaas artists such as Nicholas Louw, Ray Dylan, Wicus van der Merwe, Snotkop, Jakkie Louw, Kurt Darren, Elvis Blue, Manie Jackson and Romanz will entertain the crowds, while the Top40 stage will host artists such as Brandon October and Susan Jones.

This year will also see the return of rock-concert Kaktus op die Vlaktes for the first time in years, which will conclude the festivities. The concert will be held on the plains outside the town.

Younger audiences can look forward to productions such as Kaptein Blitz en die skool vir Superheroes starring Frank Opperman as well as Margit Meyer-Rodenbeck's Liewe Heksie en die rolskaatse.

Steve Hofmeyer will also celebrate the release of his 25th album at the festival and will be performing with his son Armand Hofmeyer and Willem Botha.

This year's festival will also host the world-renowned Handspring Puppet Company.

Tickets will be available from January 27 at Computicket or Shoprite/Checkers.

The KKNK ticket office opens on March 30.