Spotlight: The Woordfees is making everyone #BLY!

March 6, 2016

As you have probably guessed by now, the Woordfees is in full swing in the picturesque Stellenbosch. The theme for this year’s fun times from 4 to 13 March is “Bly”, and it seems to be the perfect description of everything the festival stands for.


The Afrikaans word “Bly” can have more than one meaning depending on the context. It can mean “bly” as in happy, or “bly” as in stay. When Festival Director, Saartjie Botha, announced the theme, she therefore aptly stated:


“Die Woordfees, en ons by die Woordfees, is bly om hier te wees. En ons wil hier bly.”


As multi-purpose as the word “bly” is, so multi-layered the Woordfees programme for this year is, with various theatre productions, music shows, art exhibitions and book discussions. Although we all hope the Woordfees will stay for a very long time still, the main reason for that is because going to the Woordfees makes us as festival goers very happy.


So in between skipping off to the most amazing world class theatre shows right at my doorstep, I asked a few of my very creative theatre friends why they think the Woordfees is the "bly" place to be:


“Om 'n keuse te hê uit die beste van die beste maak enige een se hart bly en dus is die Woordfees die fees om te by te bly! The Woordfees grows every year in its offering and quality.”

– Shihaam Domingo
('WOW Karnaval', Theatre PR)


“Fantastiese teater, uitstekende musiek, asemrowende kuns, betowerende wyn en 'n briljante egskeiding...”

– Hennie van Greunen

(‘My Briljante Egskeiding’, Director)


“Wat maak mense #Bly? WOORDE. In boeke, in liedjies, en op die verhoog.”

– Nico Scheepers

(‘Rooivalk’, ‘Hemelruim’, and ‘Amper, Vrystaat’, Director)


“Wat maak die mense BLY by die Woordfees? Feesgees en om vermaak te word....
en Hond se Gedagte.”

– David Arnold Johnson

(‘Hond se Gedagte’, Actor)



"Ek weet nie wat die mense bly maak nie, maar wat my bly maak is dat ek van die beste teater in die land kan sien met van die beste regiseurs en akteurs elke dag vir 10 dae lank! Dit is nogal iets spesiaal."

– Carel Nel
('Liewe Heksie Flower Power', Actor)


"Wat my bly maak is dat daar nog liefde vir die kunste is. Dat mense nog die harde werk, ure en stories waardeer. Wat my nog blyer maak is as jong mense teater toe kom."

- Cintaine Schutte

('Moeder Moed en haar kinders'  and 'Amper, Vrystaat', Actress)


For me personally, it is the energy, the people and just the blissful escapism that I find when the creative world opens its arms in a welcoming greeting to its beloved friends… meeting up with a friend always makes me "bly"!


Are you having a happy time at the Woordfees too? Let me know by tweeting your #Bly @Woordfees moments to @TheatreSceneCpt. Can’t wait to hear from you!


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