Oudtshoorn is gearing up to welcome festivalgoers at the 26th Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) from 29 March to 3 April 2022, after a two-year hiatus.
“We are overjoyed at the possibility of hosting a festival in Oudtshoorn again, after two years. Although we were able to offer festivalgoers a variety of digital entertainment during this period that we could not present a festival, there is nothing better than experiencing the KKNK in Oudtshoorn’s natural beauty and with the one-of-a-kind Klein Karoo hospitality, first-hand,” says Crispin Sonn, chairperson of the KKNK board.
“We are excited and at the ready to welcome and entertain festivalgoers and artists, from far and wide. As is the case with all gatherings and events, strict Covid-19 regulations will be in place to ensure the safety of festivalgoers, artists and staff, and to create a safe space for all of us to enjoy the festivities together,” says Sonn.
“It is not easy to host a festival, where people will be in close contact with each other, while still adhering to safety measures, without complying to certain key measures. This includes implementing a vaccination mandate or policy, which is both in accordance with the current national movement and supported by our sponsors. Our festivalgoers love the arts. We therefore do not doubt they will understand the importance of this requirement – which allows us to have a festival in the first place,” Sonn adds.
Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the KKNK, says that the prospect of welcoming festivalgoers, sponsors, artists, partners, and other visitors to Oudtshoorn again, is an honour. “We look forward to once again celebrate arts in the heart of the Klein Karoo. We’re excited to approach this year’s festival from a different angle, with most of the popular events on the menu, but packaged in new ways to create experiences that are safe to enjoy within the relevant Covid-19 regulations. We invite you to join us in the Klein Karoo at the end of March, to just breathe.”
According to Theart the festival programme will be launched by the end of February, with tickets going on sale soon thereafter. “Tickets to shows will be limited due to safety measures. If you want to make use of the opportunity to book your tickets first, join the Friends of the KKNK club. Contact Daleen Witbooi for more information at email@example.com.”
All measures, terms and procedures that will be followed before and during the festival will soon be made available on the KKNK website at www.kknk.co.za. These guidelines must be strictly adhered to during the festival by all participants and festivalgoers to ensure everyone’s safety.
Accommodation can be booked through the Greater Oudtshoorn Tourism Office, available on 044 279 2532, or contact the festival office for more information on 044 203 8600.
The KKNK is proudly supported by, among others, our main sponsor Absa, and founding sponsor Media24.
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