The nominations for the 12th kykNET Fiestas have just been announced, proving that the Covid-19 pandemic had no effect whatsoever on the quality of the works art festivals and artists continued to produce and deliver.
In fact, it could even serve as a source of inspiration for improvement when it comes to visual arts, music and theater productions.
This year’s kykNET Fiestas has four categories, including Best Performance in Visual Arts, Best Music Production, Best Festival Production: Theater and Best Upcoming Artist.
As in previous years, the awards will also honor four industry legends for their contribution to the South African art landscape.
This year’s four legends include veteran journalist Martie Meiring, theater master Mannie Manim, musical icon David Kramer and world-famous artist Conrad Theys.
“The figures we’re honoring at this year’s Fiestas made art not just for themselves, but for the common people whose souls are nurtured in the theatre. Theater helps a community stay healthy, and we salute the theater and festival communities for what they themselves have done during Covid to keep creating,” said Waldimar Pelser, director of kykNET channels.
The nominations of the four exciting Fiesta Awards categories are:
Best Achievement in Visual Arts
- Growing Seed of Hope (Innibos)
- Dear country! (Earth knock)
- Paint/Paint (KKNK)
- Progress (KKNK)
Best music production
- Beauty in Variation / Variation in Beauty (Vrystaat Kunstfees)
- David Kramer Tribute: Boland to Broadway (Word Fees)
- Carnival of the animal (Aardklop)
- Zorada in orrelmoodh (Wordfees)
Best Festival Production: Theater
- Cleaning (Free State Art Fees)
- Ferine & Ferase (Word costs)
- Opdrifsel (Aardklop and KKNK)
- Mannejie (Suit festivities)
Best upcoming artist
- Adelia Douw (David Kramer Tribute) – Word Festivals
- Jodi Jantjies (Liedjiemakers) – Suidoo festivals
- René Cloete (The Infinite Woman) – Suioosterfees
- Stephren Saayman (Mannetjie) – Suioosterfees
The kykNET Fiestas Awards will be recorded and broadcast on kykNET (DStv channel 144) on March 27 at 8:00 PM.
Presenters for the event include Stian Bam, Christo Davids, Wilhelm van der Walt and Tinarie van Wyk Loots.