KKNK 2025 Programme Proposals

Programme Guidelines

The KKNK takes place in Oudtshoorn, the heart of the Klein Karoo, for the 29th time from 1 to 6 April 2025!

All artists, creatives and forward thinkers are invited to submit innovative and artistic proposals for consideration.

We also encourage production proposals that can be earmarked for festivals further in the future, especially with the eye on 2026, when the KKNK celebrates its 30th birthday. This provides opportunities for longterm planning. Feel free to send these proposals to Hugo Theart at hugo@kunste.org.za. 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

Submit your proposal online via this form before the closing date of Sunday 14 July at midnight. 

THE PROCESS

All proposals are evaluated by an independent evaluation panel, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, in accordance with the evaluation criteria included here. Preliminary and final selection will be sent out by the KKNK thereafter. 

CRITERIA AND SELECTION GUIDELINES

There are several aspects that influence the curation of the final programme.

Elements in proposals that will receive preference, include:

  • Innovation
  • Debut works
  • Newly written scripts or music
  • Authentic South African stories
  • Multilingual productions
  • Productions in any of South Africa's official languages
  • Non-verbal productions
  • Conceptual work
  • Interesting combinations of artists
  • Marketability

The KKNK receives exceptional proposals each year, but unfortunately, we cannot include all proposals. Practical aspects that play a role are:

  • Suitable venues for proposal (venue capacity and potential ticket sales are considered here).
  • Technical requirements of productions.
  • Scale of productions.
  • The balance of the overall KKNK programme to serve all genres and target markets.
  • Financial implications of the production.

Specific criteria that will be used::

  • Artistic value
  • Commercial potential
  •  Relevancy
  • Wide social impact

AMATEUR PRODUCTIONS

As a national arts festival the KKNK creates professional platforms that present exceptional and professional work by South African artists. Professional artists are individuals that earn their main income from the arts industry. A platform is furthermore created for amateur performances or non-professional artists, to focus the national spotlight on their talents and work. The focus here falls on individuals from Oudtshoorn and surrounds, through creating opportunities for individuals from our region. For this reason, a large-scale community project was launched in 2021, where individuals from Oudtshoorn and surrounds receive the opportunity to participate in various aspects of the programme as part of Karoo Kaarte. These include theatre productions, arts exhibitions and installations, workshops, multidisciplinary presentations, publications, and other creative platforms like an app. Karoo Kaarte enables the KKNK to create a substantial and sustainable platform for amateur performances, during which exposure to established theatre and arts creators is included. As a result, additional amateur productions and/or non-professional presentations are not considered, but proposals that can be presented under the banner of Karoo Kaarte to the benefit of the local arts industry, will be considered.

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS

The KKNK also welcomes international productions if these productions can be presented in a way that funds allocated for South African artists do not have to be used.

The KKNK’s programme is carefully compiled to create a thorough experience for festivalgoers that is diverse, exciting, and innovative. As an arts festival, the KKNK is committed to being a festival that contributes to nation building and good citizenship, and proposals from outside South Africa that support this mission are considered.

TARGET MARKET

The target market of the KKNK is diverse festivalgoers from all over and with the compilation of the programme options for everyone are considered.

THE FESTIVALGOERS OF THE KKNK

are diverse and multilingual are mostly understand Afrikaans are from all corners of the country (and other countries) mostly speak Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa, but they see productions that include any language include all age groups from toddlers to elderly individuals enjoy quality theatre enjoy being challenged enjoy intimate performances, as well as spectacular concerts are curious and inquisitive are people who believe in good and positive citizenship rise early and go to bed late at night have strong opinions and know what they like; and usually attend the festival in a group with their families or friends.

CONTRACT TYPES

The KKNK offers three types of contracts, and you must indicate in your proposal which one you prefer:

Fee contract

The KKNK produces several debut productions. In these instances, the KKNK carries all the expenses of the production and accepts responsibility for all runs. In return for its investment, the KKNK expects input in the creative process and works with the producer to investigate runs in future.

Box office contract

The KKNK shares in the box office income of the production at the festival but carries no responsibility in the creation thereof. Most proposals are accepted on this basis.

Co-production

The KKNK works with partners to develop and present a production. The KKNK welcomes proposals that encourage collaboration between different parties and would like to discuss these possibilities.

ARTFORMS AND PROGRAMME CATEGORIES

It is important for the KKNK to present an opportunity to everyone to submit proposals and therefore the KKNK extends an invitation to all artists, musicians, creatives, and producers. 

All proposals are welcomed, but the KKNK is particularly interested in the following:

Theatre productions

  • Drama and comedy are an integral part of the KKNK’s programme.
  • Relevant South African stories that also address important social and economic issues.
  • A variety of productions are accepted to ensure a healthy balance between niche and popular presentations.
  • Site-specific proposals that incorporate the landscape of the Klein Karoo are strongly considered. 
  • The KKNK is very interested in productions that focus specifically on family -, children’s -, youth entertainment and young adults.
  • Preference is given to newly written South African scripts, but it is also important to the KKNK to present relevant classic works from both here and elsewhere.
  • Literary art, storytelling, poetry, dance – and children’s theatre form part of the theatre programme.

Music productions

  • All genres of music are considered.
  • The KKNK wants to invest in innovative and well thought out music productions that incorporate exceptional artists and/or singers. Productions are presented in various venues that range from intimate 100-seaters to open-air venues with a capacity of 6 000 people.
  • The KKNK also wants to invest in musical theatre productions with political and social commentary and is especially interested in satirical works (i.e., cabaret).

Street theatre and art

An extended programme is presented annually in Baron van Reede Street (the festival hub) and the festival terrain (an area with stalls, bars, and music). The KKNK encourages all artists to submit proposals for busking at the KKNK in 2024. The KKNK also wants to encourage visual artists to submit proposals for open-air art installations or programmes.

Lucky Pakkie

An opportunity for young and established artists to experiment and bring more conceptual theatre experiences to the festival.

How does Lucky Pakkie work?

  • Performances only have a duration of 15 minutes. Because the project rotates within a 60-minute cycle, it is important that the production keeps audience members entertained for the full 15 minutes (or as close to it as possible) and not longer than the allocated time. 
  • It is performed in 6m x 10m tents (or in different small temporary areas).
  • 20 to 30 audience members can be accommodated per area, depending on the production’s layout between the audience and playing area. It is important that the production team makes a conscious decision about how the audience must watch the performance.
  • The productions are performed every day of the festival, at least once per day, but with a maximum of four repeats per day. This means that a single production will play a minimum of 1 slot per cycle (15 minutes) and if the cycle is sold out, it will play a maximum of 4 times per cycle (60 minutes). 
  • The festival supplies minimal technical support. As a result, although multimedia, interactive or other interesting technical elements are encouraged, it is mostly the responsibility of the production to organise and perform these elements. 
  • All genres are welcomed.
  • Family entertainment to more challenging works for adults are considered: melkbaard (family friendly), sagtebaard (parental guidance recommended) and hardebaard (no u.18’s).

Visual arts

Proposals for visual arts are managed through a separate process, in collaboration with the KKNK’s Visual Arts Curator. You are more than welcome to send your proposal or direct any enquiries to Lizané Basson at lizane@kunste.org.za. 

Open-air music stage in the festival terrain

Popular and contemporary music aimed at families are presented here. If you want to perform on the festival terrain’s music stage, complete the form and submit all the required information. The KKNK prefers that artists do not perform with backtracks.

Klein Karoo-ervarings

If you have proposals that will add to the experience of festivalgoers, you can also submit it for the KKNK online. Experiences that incorporate the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn’s natural beauty, history, and quality products, receive preference. 

Lifestyle Experiences

Complementary, moving, enjoyable experiences which include food, wine, tastings, workshops, tours, sports, experiences in nature and fashion are also considered. 

Discussions

If you have interesting suggestions for discourse series, workshops, or interactive programmes, send your proposals to Lizané Basson at lizane@kunste.org.za.

Does your idea not fit in any of these categories?

If you have an idea that does not fit into one of the above categories, send us your proposal with a good concept presentation. Aspects such as cost-effectiveness, innovation, interactive elements, involvement of the local community, accessibility, training, and sustainability are encouraged here.

Direct your enquiries to:

If you have any general enquiries contact Lizané Basson:

If you have any specific enquiries about the Programme Guidelines, or specific suggestions or ideas, contact Hugo Theart: