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PRESS: Prepare for more festivities in the Klein Karoo



Oudtshoorn is preparing for more festivities over nine days in 2023 when the 27th KKNK, sponsored by Absa, is presented from Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 April. These dates coincide with the school holidays and the festival ends over Easter weekend

The festival programme is launched on Friday 20 January 2023, with tickets going on sale nationwide and online through Webtickets thereafter. Accommodation can already be booked online via the KKNK website. 


Friends of the KKNK receive the complete festival programme before it is officially launched and has a chance to book their tickets, at discounted prices. To become a Friend of the KKNK, visit the festival’s website.  


“A jampacked festival programme awaits festivalgoers, which includes all the popular KKNK elements, and as always it also includes innovation and surprises. The ever-popular open-air evening concerts return, as well as site-specific theatre. The multidisciplinary programme will entertain festivalgoers in all genres and is aimed at young and old. Baron van Reede Street, the heartbeat of the festival, will be closed off once again in 2023. This festival street provides free entertainment to festivalgoers with impromptu performances, music and delicious food and drinks, from early morning to late at night. And off course the popular discussions series, visual arts and other lifestyle elements are also part of the offering. A further additional element is the two-day openair music festival, kicking off the festivities on 1 and 2 April. A shopping paradise is in the Festival Market with a wide variety of craft - and food stalls and a music stage to keep everyone entertained throughout.” These are the words of Hugo Theart, CEO and Artistic Director of the KKNK.     


Another first at the KKNK is a Youth Arts Festival presented from 1 to 4 April, in collaboration with the Western Cape Department of Education, aimed at high school learners and – teachers. This festival within the festival, is focussed on cultivating an interest in the arts amongst high school learners through a programme of theatre, music, dance, visual arts topical conversations and more. Certain productions and events are presented by the youth themselves, to create a voice and platform for them. Packages with accommodation and tickets at affordable prices are made available, which will also include masterclasses and workshops.   


For more information, visit the KKNK’s website, or send an e-mail to  


Photo caption: The ever-popular open-air evening concerts returns to the KKNK in Oudtshoorn for the festival in 2023.


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