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PRESS: KKNK productions receive numerous FIËSTA Award nominations



Theatre and music productions that were seen on stage in Oudtshoorn during 2022, received more than half of the nominations for this year's kykNET Fiësta Awards.

The nominees were announced on Friday 3 February. kykNET’s Fiësta Awards have been honouring excellent work presented at arts festivals since 2011, with the adjudicating panel attending festivals across the country to experience debut works in person, to compile this sought after list of nominees.


Ek, Anna van Wyk written by Pieter Fourie, directed by Marthinus Basson, debuted at the KKNK last year and received five nominations: Tinarie van Wyk Loots for Best Performance in a Leading Role; Carlo Daniels for Best Performance in a Supporting Role; Basson for Best Director, as well as Best Theatre Design for his set design, costumes and set presentation and a nomination for the drama as Best Production. Basson also received a nomination as Best Director for

Terminaal 3, that also made its debut at the KKNK in 2022.


Die halwe huis, a one-man show with Marlo Minnaar, directed by Ricardo Arendse, eceived three nominations: Minnaar for Best Performance in a Leading Role; Arendse for Best New Afrikaans Script and the drama as Best Production.

Another production that made its debut at the KKNK in 2022 nominated for three awards is the dance theatre production, Karatara: Gideon Lombard for Best Director, as well as Best Theatre Design for his soundtrack and set design and the production as Best Production. Festivalgoers will have another opportunity to see Karatara on stage at this year’s KKNK.


die oerkluts kwyt with Antoinette Kellermann and Ancient Voices (Nomapostile Nyiti & Lungiswa Plaatjies), seen on stage at the KKNK, also received three nominations: Kellermann for Best Performance in a Leading Role; Frieda van den Heever for her compilation as Best New Afrikaans Text, Adaptation or Translation and Nyiti & Plaatjies for Best Contribution to a Music Production.


Nataniël’s return to the KKNK in 2022 with Prima Donna received two nominations: as Best Music Production and Juan Floors Oosthuizen for his contribution as Best Contribution to a Music Production. Nataniël created a brand-new special music showcase for Easter Sunday during this year’s KKNK, Passio | Pasión | Passion | Passione.   


Om skoon te wees, one of the productions from the KKNK’s new Lucky Pakkie theatre offering last year, received two nominations for Best Upcoming Artists: Adriaan Havenga for his scriptt and performance (together with his scriptwriting of Iewers in die grys at the Toyota US Woordfees) and Conradie van Heerden for his performance.


Karin Preller’s visual arts exhibition at the KKNK in 2022, Beyond Memory, received a nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Arts.


Music recitals performed at the 13th Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn in August last year, received three nominations: Handel at Home and The Gqeberha Trio were both nominated for Best Achievement in Classical Music and Lynelle Kenned for Best Contribution to a Music Production in Handel at Home.


Various other theatre productions that received nominations will be on stage this year at the KKNK between 1 and 9 April, including: Die moeder nominated for five Fiësta Awards: Sandra Prinsloo for Best Performance in a Leading Role; Dawid Minnaar for Best Performance in a Supporting Role; Christiaan Olwagen for Best Director; Birrie le Roux for Best Theatre Design for the set and costume design and the drama as Best Production.


Gita Fourie was nominated as Best Upcoming Artist for her script, Afval and Femme is fatale with Elzabé Zietsman and Tony Bentel as Best Music Production. Both these productions will also be on stage at the KKNK in 2023.


Herman van der Westhuizen, convenor of the Fiësta Panel, described these awards as “a standing ovation for the exceptional work presented on the festival circuit in 2022”. This year, there are 11 categories, with four nominees in each. The winners will be announced on 9 March in Cape Town.


Don’t miss these productions at the 27th KKNK, sponsored by Absa, in Oudtshoorn. The complete festival programme is available at and tickets are available online at Webtickets or from your nearest Pick n Pay.


For more information, contact the KKNK via e-mail at, telephonically at 044 203 8600 or send a WhatsApp to 065 285 2337.


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