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SUCCESSFUL AARDKLOP (article first published : 2004-10-9)

The seventh Aardklop National Arts Festival has come to an end and this year the festival management has notably reduced the amount of free entertainment. The organisation marks its greatest success to date with its open air rock concert (OppiAarde) - which was compeletely sold out - as well as with the new Jazz Crawl in Ikageng.

According to festival manager, Giep van Zyl, this year's festival went the smoothest of them all so far. "If these were the seven lean years, I cannot wait to see the seven fat ones," he said. This year altogether 85,535 tickets were sold - a little more than what was budgeted, and to the great satisfaction of the organisers, who suspected that the loss of a national holiday would hamper sales.

“Artists should note that next year's deadline for applications is ten weeks earlier than in the past. This will allow programme management, marketing, logistics as well as the successful applicants more time to prepare for an even better product.”

The deadline for production applications for Aardkop 2005 is February 14 2005. Application forms will be ready by the end of October. Contact Marijke Greeff on 018 294 7509 or on email: admin@aardklop.co.za

Next year's festival dates are September 27 to October 1, 2005.




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