All creatives can now submit proposals for productions and projects to be part of the 2021 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK),” says Hugo Theart, Artistic Director of the festival. 

The planned dates for the 26th KKNK in Oudtshoorn are from Wednesday, 31 March until Tuesday, 6 April 2021. Final confirmation of the dates is subject to the Covid-19 regulations that are in place at the end of this year. 

The KKNK is made possible by Absa (main sponsor), and Netwerk24 (founding sponsor). 

“We look forward to proposals that will fuel a renewed energy and inspiration going into the post Covid-19 world. While it remains a great disappointment that this year’s KKNK could not be presented in Oudtshoorn for the first time in 26 years, due to the pandemic, the festival will be back to celebrate the arts and culture in abundance in 2021”. 

“Innovative and creative proposals for next year’s KKNK can be submitted online now. We remain committed to making a difference in our country and for its people through the arts,” Theart continues. He says a variety of formats will be considered for the upcoming festival, and proposals for performances in front of an audience, as well as suggestions for virtual platforms are welcomed.

Proposals can be submitted online, and must reach the KKNK by Friday, 10 July 2020. Guidelines for proposals and application forms are available at www.kknk.co.za

Aspects that will enjoy preference in the compilation of the final festival programme include: innovation, diversity, debut works, newly written scripts & music, authentic South African stories, multilingual productions, non-verbal productions, conceptual works, interesting combinations of artists, multidisciplinary offerings, virtual or digital concepts, and the marketability of a production. Practical aspects like suitable venues, technical requirements, the physical scale of a production, and the balance of the overall KKNK programme in catering for all genres and target markets, also play an important role. 

As national arts festival, the aim of the KKNK is to be a platform that offers excellent professional work by South African artists, but the festival also sets the stage for non-professional work and amateur performances, with a special focus on Oudtshoorn and its surrounds. 

All applications are sent to a selection committee for evaluation and final decisions are made by the end of September 2020.

 “We are already planning ahead and are therefore open to proposals for productions earmarked for 2022 and 2023,” Theart concludes. Ideas that require long-term planning and would be more suited to festivals after 2021, can be sent directly to Theart at hugo@kunste.org.za.

The KKNK is launching exciting projects – like Kortom (a short film project) and Teksmark 2020 – over the next few months, and creative suggestions that can create immediate opportunities, can be submitted for this purpose. The complete information about KKNK2021 proposals as well as more details on other KKNK projects are available on www.kknk.co.za


Enquiries can be directed to Lizané Basson (General Manager) at 044 203 8600, or lizane@kunste.org.za