When Afrikaaps opened in Cape Town in 2010 it was met with wide critical acclaim, the press described as it ’spectacularly successful’, ‘exciting and engaging, funny and inexpressibly entertaining’, `a slick and professional celebration, visually and artistically provocative’. Afrikaaps went on to win a Kyknet Fietsa award for best Music driven production, and earned Monox aka Moenier Adams 2 awards for best upcoming professional artist for his appearance in Afrikaaps. AFRIKAANS/AFRIKAAPS In South Africa, and the world over, Afrikaans is widely perceived to be a ‘white’ language and is often associated with the oppressive apartheid regime.
Afrikaans actually developed as a bridging language between the Dutch (European) settlers, the original Khoi San indigenous inhabitants of the Cape and the slave population who were brought to the region by the VOC. Although it is a very subtle name change, Afrikaaps represents the liberation of Afrikaans from the negative stigma still associated with the language. Afrikaaps is part of a bigger movement of efforts in South Africa to reclaim the Afrikaans language for all who speak it.
Afrikaaps – the documentary is made by filmmaker Dylan Valley and recently won Best South African Documentary at the Cape Winelands Festival (CWFF) 2011.
Concept & Direction: Catherine Henegan Dramaturg: Aryan Kaganof Documentary Video: Dylan Valley Lighting Design : Jantje Geldof Production: Katy Streek & Lana Paries Sound: Rob de Goedee Technique: Joost van Aarle Publiciteit: Bureau tamtam, Lonneke van Eden Zakelijke leiding: Alles voor de kunsten, Wilma Kuite.
Here are the tour dates:- AFRIKAAPS TOUR DATES 2011: – STIEK UIT !!!
22 & 23 September (try-outs) Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort
29 & 30 September, Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag, (30 sept première)
4 October, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Rabozaal)
5 October, De Gouvernestraat, Rotterdam
… … … 6 October, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
7 October, Toneelschuur, Haarlem
13 October, Bijlmerparktheater, Amsterdam
15 October LUX, Nijmegen
For our first 2 shows we got stading ovations thusfar … changing peoples perception of language and culture 1 mind at a time hahaha.
Emile Jansen: DO you know any schools interested in being part of our 5 month tour of Southern Africa to set up Heal the Hood Project in each area and just solidify a network to grow Hip Hop – Its about money and skills from our communities, benefitting us. We need to do 2 schools a day and host an interschool Hip Hop challege with a final on the Saturday and Indaba final after that. Please check it out at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=115650371871929 Let me know. Its gonna be March – July 2012