- On the ball Volksblad Arts Festival

- On the ball Volksblad Arts Festival

The annual Volksblad Arts Festival, hosted in Bloemfontein in the Free State Province, kicks off for a 5 day game on 6 July 2010.

This year’s Festival is on the ball, says their logo; so much so that an art movie about the World Cup Soccer Tournament will be screened as part of the festival offering.

Performers on board include no doubt the biggest Afrikaans theatre names, actors Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Aletta Bezuidenhout, Antoinette Kellermann, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Shaleen Surtie-Richards and Marion Holm (in three shows). Singers in the same league include Laurika Rauch, Nataniël, Elzabé Zietsman, Lize Beekman, Chris Chameleon, Coenie de Villiers, Jannie Moolman with Gloria Bosman and the Africa Mamas, Mathys Roets and Antoinette Pienaar.

Several well-known television personalities will also be showing their mettle on stage, Yvette Ebrahim, Christo Davids, Chris Vorster, Chris van Niekerk, Hennie Jacobs, Theodore Jantjies, Deon Coetzee, Hanli Rolfes, Ben Kruger, Altus Theart and of course the inimitable Casper de Vries. Participating classical musicians include Charl du Plessis, Johann Cromhout and for the first time a symphony orchestra, the Free State Symphony Orchestra.

Previous festival favourites return, like As die broek pas, with Antoinette Kellermann and directed by Marthinus Basson;  the touching Dinsdae by Morrie with Chris van Niekerk and Pedro Kruger; the prize-winner Draadwerk about Helen Martins and her Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda; and, finally, the first play by the world-famous Yasmina Reza, God van Chaos, with amongst others Anna-Mart van der Merwe, can be seen. The popular Vaselinetjie with its cast of young actors will also be staged.

Festival goers can have their pick of comedies: Adam September en die Nazi-skat with its prize-winning text and 7de Laan actors Marius Weyers, Christo Davids and Ben Kruger; the hilarious Bloemers & Roemers with Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Marion Holm, Karen Wessels and Casper de Vries; then of course Dowwe Dolla and Marion who admits to her Holm descent; Hoe ’n man se kop werk  with the TV heart-throb Altus Theart; as well as the golden oldies ’n Seder val in Waterkloof and Die proponentjie.

There is an extensive musical theatre offering: Nataniël tells the true story behind Swan Lake; Elzabé Zietsman shows her less serious side; Laurika Rauch and five women try to convince Frank Opperman about which is the perfect Afrikaans song and Sandra Prinsloo and Alexa Strachan turn Marita van der Vyver’s novel Vergenoeg into a cabaret. Jacques Brel is an old favourite at the festival but this year Edith Piaf takes him on a stroll with love songs – in Afrikaans. 

And if you are out to just have fun there’s Rolmodelle with the literally big entertainers Thys die Bosveldklong, Gerhard Odendaal (Vaatjie), Zak van Niekerk and Jaco Labuschagne.

This year there will be more light music – besides the usual venues and music for the younger generation in Mystic Boer, you can also experience the sound of your life with OFM at the Aasvoëlklub where middle-cut music can be heard with Danie Niehaus, Mathys Roets, Lucas Maree, Valiant Swart, Radio Kalahari-orkes, André Swiegers and Jan Blohm who will provide a little extra pizazz. The a cappella music of Navi Redd and their younger style counterparts Flip a Coin will also pamper the senses.

Tickets are available from http://computicket.com// or countrywide at Shoprite or Checkers Moneymarket counter, the client service counter at Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein or Izami Florists, Emily Hobhouse Square, Dan Pienaar. Keep an eye on the festival’s website HYPERLINK “http://www.volksbladfees.co.za/“www.volksbladfees.co.za for the complete programme.

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