From 15 to 20 April 2018, RSG and Lefra Productions will host the Oppiwater Arts Festival on board the MSC Sinfonia, on its cruise from Durban to Mozambique.  Festival-goers can enjoy shrimp at the legendary Polano Hotel in Maputo, relax in bliss on a Portuguese island and also visit Pomene, the new destination that is tricky to reach by land. A full-blown arts festival on board the MSC Sinfonia, offering more than 20 top Afrikaans theatre productions, is the main course though. The Oppiwater programme was recently released.

Oppiwater Arts Festival - Chris Chameleon

Frans Swart, Managing Director of Lefra Productions and organisers of the Oppiwater Arts Festival says that he is very excited about this year’s festival programme.  “It remains an annual challenge to decide which wonderful productions will join us on our arts cruise.  It is always important for us to present our festival-goers with a wide variety of theatre genres. There will be drama, comedy, poetry, dance, literary art, music and singing. We realise as well that Oppiwater must primarily be a holiday experience for our passengers – therefore there will also be delightful deck parties for all to enjoy.”

More than 20 different Afrikaans productions

Swart says that the challenge lies in having to fit more than 20 different Afrikaans productions into that week.  “It is quite a big task for my team to stage so many productions in such a limited time and especially such limited space.  After five years of doing this, though, we have mastered the art of providing our guests with an unbelievable arts festival,” he says.  He also stated that Oppiwater is proud to have been nominated for a Fiesta Award for one of the four best arts festivals in the country.

Oppiwater Arts Festival - Coenie de Villiers

Tien Vingers by Coenie de Villiers is probably one of the biggest favourites at the Oppiwater Arts Festival.  There is also the farce, My Man se Skelmpie se Skelmpie se Vrou; the Boerneef tribute, Flennie die Snare with Chris Chameleon, Anna Davel, Johny Klein, Jaconell Mouton, Mauritz Lotz and Riaan van Rensburg; Randall Wicomb and Hans du Plessis’s Griekwapsalms are revived in Voete van ‘n Gemsbok; Lizz Meiring can be seen in Met Ander Woorde; there’s Die Storie van Afrikaanse Musiek with Pieter Smith; Dinamiet Kom in Klein Pakkies with Sue Pyler; Golden Oldies with Alwyn Oberholster and much more.

RSG presenters Johan Rademan, Sue Pyler, Ettienne Ludick and Fritz Klaaste will be hosts.

What: Oppiwater Arts Festival 2018

Where, when: MSC Sinfonia from 15 to 20 April 2018

Book: MSC Cruises at 0860 11 44 11 or online at  Info, Lefra Productions 011 815 3000,  Accommodation and all meals are included in the fees of the arts cruise.  An entertainment fee is included that allows festival-goers to book productions at very low subsidised ticket prices, which vary from R10 to R90 per ticket.  Festival-goers are advised to book tickets in advance at any branch of Computicket, while still in South Africa.  While tickets will be available on board the MSC Sinfonia, festival-goers will have to pay in US dollars instead of Rand, which will of course be much more expensive. Bookings 0861 915 8000, Computicket

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