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KOLLIG ARTS FESTIVAL 2001 (article first published : 2001-08-9)

Amanda Strydom, Rocco de Villiers, Steve Hofmeyr, Charl van Heyningen, Trix Pienaar, Pedro Krüger, and Cutt Glas’s delightful Jolette Odendaal, are among the top acts secured for the sixth annual Kollig op die Klein-Karoo Kunstefees.

Commonly known as the Kollig Arts Festival, this event will be held from August 23 to 26 at the Port Natal School in Umbilo. Koos Krüger, organiser of this yearly highlight on the Durban arts calendar and the local Teatergilde, annually showcases the best productions from Oudtshoorn’s yearly Klein-Karoo Arts Festival. This year 12 shows will be presented.

A highlight of the festival is Beautiful Noise, featuring the songs and story of Neil Diamond performed by superstar Steve Hofmeyr. The show has enjoyed 130 sell-out performances nationwide and delivers such hits as Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, Desiree, America, Cracklin’ Rosie and I am, I said - August 24 at 21h00 and August 25 at 14h00. Tickets R25 to R45.

The festival programme also includes a colourful new revue by vocalist Amanda Strydom and pianist Rocco de Villiers titled Jazz vir Jou en 'n bietjie Blou. This is a hilarious production of traditional Afrikaans songs in new guises- from jazz to blues – August 23 at 18h00 and 20h45. Tickets R25 to R45.

Ian von Memerty has directed La Vitae Bella/ Life is Beautiful with Charl von Heyningen and guests Jannie Moolman and Jolette Odendaal. This acclaimed revue offers a fun mix of classical and pop pieces as well as original material and comic items - August 25 at 20h00. Tickets R35.

Lovers of drama will enjoy the one-woman production Wydekloof, penned and directed by Hennie van Greunen. Starring film and television actress Trix Pienaar, it’s a much-praised drama about a farm murder featuring two characters – Netta de Lange, a hostage in her own home, and Ninette Portier, a courtesan during the French Revolution - August 24 at 17h45. Tickets R35.

Breek, written by Barrie Hough and directed by Lizz Meiring, is another drama on the festival bill. It teams Annelise Bosch, Paul Lückhoff, Neels Clasen, Jill Middelkop, Jolette Odendaal, Heidi Mollentze and Harold Richter. Well-received in Oudtshoorn, the play centres on the secrets and lies of a group of young people - August 25 at 17h30. Tickets R35.

Junkiedrome, featuring Pedro Krüger and Franci Swanepoel, is a mix of sketches and original music centred on the theme of drugs - August 25 at 21h45. Tickets R35.

Another must for music lovers is the three-man, three-woman a capella group Boulevard Harmonists who perform classical and contemporary songs - August 25 at 16h15. Tickets R25.

Bookings at Port Natal School on (031) 205-6369. More details from (031) 903-6527 or 082 463-8517 or visit http://members.freemail.absa.co.za/hantie1




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