On 5 March 2015 kykNET will roll out the blue carpet for the fifth Fiëstas, a glamorous awards event where the role players and talent in the Afrikaans arts are honoured. This event will, for the second time, be broadcast live on kykNET, DStv Channel 144.
The Fiëstas promises to be a highlight with performances by artists such as Joshua na die reën, Corlea Botha, Brandon October, Hemelbesem, Magdalene Minaar, Roelof Temmingh and the Cape Town City Ballet. Special excerpts from the nominated productions Taal van my hart, Die Klaagliedere van ds. Tienie Benade, Die Seemeeu and Dogma will also form part of the programme. Additionally, viewers can look forward to a few surprises and well-known personalities that will be making appearances. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Frank Opperman and he will be assisted by guest presenters Jana Cilliers, Dawid Minaar, Cindy Swanepoel, June van Merch, De Klerk Oelofse and Quanita Adams.
Behind the scenes an experienced team of well-known artists will be responsible for the broadcast program. Acclaimed director and performer Ian von Memerty will, for the second consecutive year, take up the reins as director of the production. Janine Neethling-Opperman is the musical director and responsible for the arrangements and musical performances during the show. The set has been designed by Jaco Bouwer while costumes, overall look and dressing of the production will be managed by Juanita Kotze.
The Fiëstas will this year be presented in the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town.
The Fiëstas is seen as the showcase of Afrikaans theatre talent where actors, directors, writers, musicians and visual artists are awarded for their excellence in the past year. An independent panel of adjudicators visit the national arts festivals annually to choose nominations from debut works.
kykNET is also the host for the first Fiëstas seminar that will take place on 4 and 5 March at the Protea Hotel – President. The seminar will include panel discussions with nominees and major role players will also use the opportunity to engage in industry related discussions.
Press Release provided by Suzaan Keyter.