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Friday, July 31, 2009


(Pic: Shaleen Surtie-Richards in “Shirley Valentyn”)

Absa Kollig op die Absa KKNK Arts Festival to run from August 20 to 22. (Report by Billy Suter, courtesy of The Mercury)

Durban’s Absa Kollig op die Absa KKNK Arts Festival, which annually showcases the best of the annual Klein Karoo Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn, celebrates its 14th anniversary next month.

Circle your diary now for August 20 to August 22, 2009, as that’s when Port Natal School in Dirk Uys Street, Umbilo, Durban, plays host, once again, to the annual Absa Kollig Arts Festival which is presenting 9 varied productions seen earlier this year at the Absa KKNK in Oudtshoorn...
This year’s Absa Kollig op die Absa KKNK festival promises top acts that include performances by superstar Nataniël, vocalist Nianell, a capella boy band Flip a Coin, the superb comedy Shirley Valentine (with the inimitable Shaleen Surtie-Richards from Egoli fame) and the multi award winning Die Naaimasjien (starring the formidable Sandra Prinsloo.)

The festival opens at 18h00 on Thursday August 20 with a lively performance of Vocals and Wine starring Flip a Coin showcasing their acappella talents including a wine tasting from Van Loveren wine estate. This show is bilingual and runs for 80 minutes (tickets R70 and R50). Next up on the same evening at 21h00 is the supurb Nianell, the triple platinum selling singer-songwriter, who has won several local and international awards. The show runs for 75 minutes (tickets R80 and R60).

Next up on Friday August 21 at 17h45 is the spectacular Musiek Maestro’s starring Brandon October, Jannie Moolman, Jak de Priester and Lize Beekman. Tickets for the 90 minute show R100 and R80. This show is followed by Samoerai at 21h15, a brilliant drama focussing on violence in our schools starring Deon Coetzee, Nicola Hanekom and Zane Meas. This play has caused controversy at all major Arts Festivals throughout South Africa. It runs for 80 minutes and tickets are R80 and R60.

The Saturday August 22 offerings begin with a real scoop for Durban – Sandra Prinsloo in Die Naaimasjien, the award winning drama by Rachelle Greeff at 10h30. Prinsloo’s performance is a master class in acting! Tickets are R80 and R60. This is followed at 14h15 by another blockbuster comedy Shirley Valentine (Shirley Valentyn), starring the ever popular Egoli star - Shaleen Surtie-Richards. This brilliant comedy by Willy Russel was translated into Kaapse Afrikaans and was voted most popular play at all major Arts Festivals. It runs for 100 minutes and tickets are R80 and R60. At 17h30 on the same day, the great Nataniël takes to the stage bringing to Durban his unique brand of performing art. This is a show not to be missed! It runs for 70 minutes and tickets are R100 and R80.

The highlight of Saturday August 22 is Durban’s first Afrikaans Rock Festival INNIKOL showcasing the following bands: Die Melktert Kommissie, Glaskas and Straatligkinders. This rock show is presented in an open air arena on the main rugby field of Port Natal School, starting at 19h15 to run for 180 minutes. Tickets R80 (reserved seats) and R50 (unreserved – bring your own chairs/blankets)

New at the festival this year is The Absa / Pinotage Wine and Food Show. Different wine makers from several Cape wine estates (i.e. Beyers Truter from Beyerskloof) will present a wine tasting and serve a five-course meal. The guest artist is vocalist Tobi Jooste. Performances are on Friday August 21 at 19h30 and Saturday August 22 at 12h30. Tickets R50 (all inclusive).

Book for all shows at Computicket outlets at Shoprite/Checkers stores or on the internet at or at the booking office at Port Natal School between 09h00 and 13h00 on weekdays or phone 031 205 6369. For all enquiries, phone the organiser Koos Kruger on 082 463 8517 or visit