Aardklop is an annual South African arts festival held since 1998 in the town of Potchefstroom in the North-West province of South Africa. This cultural festival incorporates predominantly Afrikaans theatre, dance, music, cabaret and visual arts, and is held in a variety of venues in and around the town. A large craft market and open-air performances also form part of the event, drawing crowds of more than 150 000 people every year. The next festival will be held from 4 to 8 October 2011.
Vision, Mission & Values
The stated vision of the festival is to host a sustainable festival, of the highest standards.
- Aardklop is an annual national arts festival that wishes to distinguish itself as a festival of the highest standards.
- Aardklop makes a constructive contribution to the celebration and development of local arts in a universal context.
- Aardklop strives to provide a platform for the creative talents of South African artists.
- Aardklop is a showcase of the best in current and developmental tendencies within the local and international arts communities.
- Aardklop establishes a unique platform for up-and-coming artists to perform alongside established performers.
- Aardklop acknowledges its responsibility towards social development.
- Aardklop supports close working relations with other festivals.
- Aardklop, though it focuses on Afrikaans, is committed to a universal character, just as Afrikaans forms part of a wider community.
- Passion for the arts