Die Kunste Kom Bymekaar! The 18th Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) is running from 31 March to 7 April 2012, and represents a time when Afrikanerdom decends upon the little town of Oudtshoorn. This is normally a predominantly Afrikaans town, but it's really Afrikaans during the 'fees'. That said, you don't have to be Afrikaans to appreciate the smorgasbord of entertainment, arts, shopping, rides, wine and food on offer. This is a National festival so it really has something for everyone.
My favourite part of the festival is the pedestrianisation of the centre of town. Streets are closed to allow stalls, street art, street theatre, and regular shops move out so that artists can move into their premises. The town is transformed for a week. There is of course criticism that the "traditional Boere fees" does not cater, or provide opportunities for "die bruin mense" (Yes, the debate is that racist! Madness), but transformation at this type of event takes time, and I think they're doing a pretty good job at securing a variety of shows and events, while supporting local talent and entrepreneurs, and maintaining a high quality, particularly in the theatre category, including the Kanna Awards for Afrikaans theatre being awarded at the festival.
So, besides the shopping tents and fringe events, I really want to check out the shows: Babbel, and My Boetjie, My Bra. The first is a post revolution tale where language has deteriorated. The best thing, it's an open air performance, on a 'koppie' on the edge of town, with some spectacular views, looking forward to the sunset performance! Second on my "must see list" is a cabaret, humour piece brought to us by Emo and Loukman Adams, looking forward to some serious Afrikaans humour!! Tickets for these shows are R95 and R100 respectively, and it's a good idea to book as soon as possible. Check out the programme here.
Photos and reviews to follow!