“What a jol!” Well, this was what we set out to have while immersing ourselves in Afrikaans culture, music, art and theatre – and we certainly lived up to our motto.
Since the holiday started earlier than the festival, we spent a night in the breath-taking Baviaanskloof to get that good old farm feel back into our blood and was welcomed with true Afrikaans ‘gasvryheid’. After our brief stay in the mountains we set off for Oudtshoorn for the KKNK to start in earnest.
Musical highlights were definitely the very wet, but wonderful open air music concert on Saturday night, the jazz show ‘Al lê die berge nog so blou’ on Sunday and the Rivierbuurt concert of ‘Joshua na die reën’ and, yes, ‘Die Heuwels Fantasties’!
The best comedy we saw, was ‘Proesstraat’ – hailing from the TV-show on KykNet, and we were treated to a vast array of astounding art, particularly in the form of a video installation by Bernie Searle, entitled ‘Stygend’.
We saw some challenging theatre, ranging from the haunting ‘Buite blaf die honde swart’ to the imaginative directing of Nicola Hanekom in ‘In Glas’, undeniably the most fascinating show of the festival.
Otherwise, we had a wonderful time with loads of selfies with celebrities, midnight braais, games of 30 seconds and interesting fireside chats.
The group were enthusiastic, exuberant and extremely well behaved bunch of Gr. 11 and 12 learners who were brilliant in their appreciation of the arts, joyful in every experience of Klein Karoo culture and mindful of their position of being ambassadors to their schools