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ABSA AT KKKK (article first published : 2004-04-3)

Absa's involvement at this year's tenth Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) is going to help make this event - the biggest Afrikaans cultural festival in the country - an even greater success than in the past.

"Absa strives to preserve and celebrate the country's various cultures and their arts, in this case the Afrikaans culture. Our support of the KKNK emphasises our important role in the advancement of South Africa's cultural heritage," says Laetitia van Dyk, executive director of the Absa Group.

Absa has been involved with the KKNK for two years and 19 years with the promotion of the arts in South Africa.

Taking place from April 3 to 11, the KKNK is a star-studded festival in Oudtshoorn transforming the town into a cultural bees' nest.

Absa is involved in the mounting of 19 shows as well as in the presentation of the Kanna awards in the Absa Klein Karoo Grootsaal, which Absa sponsors in collaboration with the Klein Karoo Koöperasie. Through this sponsorship this venue has been equipped to serve as a theatre. The Kanna Awards are the KKNK's own "Oscars", and Absa sponsors the Kanna for the best direction. Each of the 16 prize-winners receives a brass sculpture from the artist André Otto and a cash prize of R5,000.

Attractive granite stars will be placed around the legendary Godfather Restaurant in Oudtshoorn. The names and signatures of 20 local artists and the names of their sponsors will be engraved into these stars in the Starstruck Walk of Fame to honour the individuals for their contribution to the KKNK. Absa sponsors four of these stars, the actors Sandra Prinsloo and Eric Nobbs, the singer and stage artist Nathaniel and playwright Deon Opperman. The proceeds of this effort will be donated to a local welfare organisation, Eljada Nasorg. Eljada Nasorg looks after the special needs of the mentally handicapped.

The play, Kringe in 'n bos, based on the award-winning novel with the same name, will be staged at this year's festival. Kringe is a prescribed work for this year's matriculants in the Cape. Absa will sponsor 300 tickets for matriculants from less privileged communities in Oudtshoorn to attend the stage production.

Certain selected works of art from Absa's permanent art collection will also be displayed during the festival. Works of art obtained during the past ten years will be included since the Festival to celebrate the tenth year of the KKNK's existence as well as South Africa's tenth year of democracy.

Works from well-known artists and previous winners of the Absa L'Atelier Competitions, such as Kevin Roberts, Johann Louw and Daniel Masako will be displayed in the Victoria Memorial Hall in Oudtshoorn.




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