Afrikaans Festivals – Arts, Film and Movies
Afrikaans is… not just words, phrases and literature.
Afrikaans is… also arts, films and music. Mostly ‘operating’ in separate spheres, but often they collaborate into one (big) festival.
Afrikaans Arts Festivals – the Heartbeat of the Language
‘Afrikaners is Plesierig’ is a legendary song that speaks to the DNA of any Afrikaans Arts Festival. It explicitly covers the festive culture that centres around arts, culture and the socialising that Afrikaans Art Festivals are known for.
There are many exciting and quality festivals that have been around for years and this list keeps growing. Judging from the excellent attendance statistics of these festivals, it is clear that they are fulfilling various needs of the nation. Some of the most popular festivals include the KKNK; Aardklop, US Woordfees, Vrystaat Kunstefees, inniBOS, OPPiWATER and Suidooster Festival. If you’re looking for something different Oppikoppi Music Festival is for you. Other festivals, with fascinating names, are Kalfiefees, Hantam Meat Festival, Littlegig and Malkop Summer Rock Festival, to name a few. Discover more fun festivals on the Afrikaans.com festival calendar.
KKNK (Die Klein-Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees)
Although the KKNK festival (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival) was ‘born and bred’ in Oudtshoorn, a Klein-Karoo town that was then better known for its ostrich farms, Cango Caves and Route 62, it grew into a showcase of visual and performing arts. New stage productions are usually staged here for the first time before being taken elsewhere. Visitors describe the festival as ‘always colourful and magical’. Live music programmes feature fresh and seasoned talent while the storytelling segment adds to the light atmosphere of this festival. The KKNK also looks after its community and the surrounding tourist attractions by offering special tours and events in and around town.
Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees
Aardklop has a history of creating a lot of awareness and offering superb productions, visual arts and art exhibitions. Potchefstroom, home to Aardklop, is an academic city. This creates an opportunity for the students, the nation’s future, to attend and experience the Aardklop National Arts Festival. And you know, where there’s youth, there’s energy! Youngsters attending are motivated to read books during and after the festival to promote upskilling in reading.
Die US Woordfees
The ‘US Word Festival’ creates opportunities for artists that work in the magical world of the literature, theatre and visual arts. It creates a platform for authors, poets, theatric performers, artists and photographers in the beautiful landscape of Stellenbosch. The ‘Woordfees’ is also a mecca of avid readers who love to meet and chat with their favourite authors and to partake in book reviews and discussions. Visitors can enjoy all of this while sipping on a glass of excellent wine and nibbling on local specialities – soul food for mind and body…
Some of the books sold at the festival.
Exclusive Books has announced their selection of fiction, non-fiction, cookery and children’s books for their annual Homebru campaign.
The WoordTROfees, (‘Word TROphies’) acknowledges the Woordfees artists in various categories. This year, a special prize, the ‘Verbondenheidsprys’ was awarded to the rapper and writer, Simon Witbooi, aka HemelBesem, for his book, God praat Afrikaans which created a lot of debate whilst interviewed on stage. HemelBesem was simultaneously recognised for what he’d done in conjunction with the WOW (Woorde Open Wêrelde or Words Open Worlds) project.
Henk Serfontein won the Best Visual Arts category for his exhibition themed Winterslaap (‘Winter Sleep’). It was a solo exhibition featuring charcoal drawings of the poet of this poem, Wilma Stockenström. Henk’s inspiration for the project came about while he studied Wilma’s poems for a single portrait, together with the mystique of the night… Read more about Henk and the sleeping poet.