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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 7 to 11 October 2014.

Vision, Mission & Values[edit]

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
  • Discipline
  • Daring
  • Integrity
  • Quality

External links[edit]

Official website[edit]