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KOLLIG FESTIVAL (article first published : 2007-07-22)

The 12th Absa Kollig Arts Festival will take place from August 22 to 25 at Port Natal School in Dirk Uys Street, Umbilo. This annual event features mostly Afrikaans works and showcases the best of the annual Klein Karoo Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn. This year’s programme presents 11 varied productions seen earlier this year at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The line-up promises top acts that include performances by superstar Steve Hofmeyr, vocalists Bok van Blerk (of triple platinum status De la Rey fame), Dozi, Jak de Priester and the excellent Drakensberg Boy’s Choir which is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. Also on the bill is the highly acclaimed physical theatre piece Blood Orange.

The festival opens on August 22 at 18h30 with Ons sing jou taal described as a musical extravaganza presented by Rapport. It stars Bok van Blerk, Danie Niehaus, Pieter Koen, Nadine and Ettienne Steyn and showcases talented young singers and musicians. The show runs for 180 minutes. Tickets R100 and R80.

Other music events include an Afrikaans rock concert by popular rock group Eden on August 23 at 10h00 and 12h00. Designed mainly for schools in the greater Durban area, these performances are open to the general public. Tickets R50 (R25 scholars).

South African superstar Steve Hofmeyr singing his greatest hits from numerous platinum albums on August 23 at 20h15. Requiring no introduction due to his hit TV show Dis hoe dit is met Steve, Steve Hofmeyr is a vocalist, poet, activist and actor and has won numerous SAMA-awards. Tickets R120 (royal circle) and R100.

Francois le Roux, a.k.a. the HA!Man, who has enchanted and astonished audiences with his cello, original electronic accompaniments, keyboard, voice and dances, will perform on August 24 at 17h30. His music reflects his Southern African roots and his spontaneous approach challenges conventional ideas in both the serious and commercial music environment. Tickets R60 and R50.

The HA!Man will be followed by Dozi and his Band at 19h45 with Kom ‘n Bietjie Binne. With more than six albums in eight years, Dozi has carved a niche for himself as an artist capable of delivering fan-friendly recordings in a style that’s nothing short of unique, as proved by his latest recording, Kom ‘n Bietjie Binne. Tickets R80 and R70.

One of the highlights of the Kollig Festival will be the performance by The Drakensberg Boy’s Choir under the baton of their dynamic new conductor, Bernard Krüger on August 25 at 17h30. The choir, soloists and instrumentalists will perform works from their USA tour programme including well-known classical compositions as well as popular songs by Queen and Abba. Tickets R60 and R50.

Performing with his band In a show paying tribute to the legacy of the late Johannes Kerkorrel, Jak de Priester (previous winner of Crescendo) will present De Priester en een Kerkorrel on August 25 at 19h45. Tickets R70 and R60.

There is also a strong theatre aspect to Kollig. One of the most exciting physical theatre pieces to emerge over the past year or so is Blood Orange directed by Greig Coetzee and performed by Craig Morris. This 60 minute programme can be seen on August 23 at 18h00. Tickets R60 and R50.

Well-known comedians Pedro Kruger and Marion Holm offer the side-splitting comedy Die Vrou Wat Haar Man Gekook Het

On August 25 at 11h00 and 14h30, Gys De Villiers, Wikus Du Toit and Lerato Moloi can be seen in a new Afrikaans cabaret titled Die Afrikaner 300 directed by Jaci de Villiers. It traces the turbulent history of the Afrikaner over a period of 300 years in music, dance and song. Anybody who has ever given even a little thought to whom or what constitutes the Afrikaner will find this a class act that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets R70 and R60.

Marking the close of the festival on August 25 at 21h45 there will be a performance of a new comedy by Chris Vorster titled Die Vals Snor featuring the talents of three popular actors from the soap 7de Laan: Chris Vorster (Ryno) Pierre van Pletzen (Oubaas) and Diaan Lawrenson (Paula). Tickets are R70 & R60.

Booking for all shows at Computicket (www.computicket.co.za or 083 915 8000) or at the booking office at Port Natal School between 09h00 and 13h00 weekdays or phone 031 205 6369. For all enquiries phone the organiser Koos Kruger on 082 463 8517 or visit their festival website at www.teatergilde.co.za




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