We use the complete Prolyte range; trussing, staging and ProLyft hoists, day-in day-out, the products perform without any problem.Rene Verbruggen Bridge Event Facilities
Prolyte Supplies KKNK Festival04/06/2015
For the first year, Blond Productions supplied the full technical for the Main Stage and second year at Kyknet Stage at ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Afrikaans for Little Karoo National Arts Festival, abbreviated to KKNK), with extra equipment and crew supplied by MGG Productions. The Prolyte Grid, was included with 12 brand new Prolyft Aetos 500kg motors.
The festival, some 1,120 kilometres from Johannesburg and 400 kilometres from Cape Town, is now embraced by all the towns people as accommodation is booked up with people flocking in to see theatre on a big scale – some are hosted in the ‘veld’ – and to enjoy the big names on stage and wonderful Little Karoo hospitality. This year’s festival was hosted from 3 -11 April.
Besides the main stage, which included a line up of the top African names in music, the entire town of Oudtshoorn was transformed for the festival, some 20 venues created from school halls and churches.
Since day one, Pieter-Jan Kapp, better known as Kappie from PJK, has been involved initially as a young technician employed by Production Projects (to date a faithful longstanding suppliers of the festival) and for the past eight years as the technical manager for this annual event.
Indeed, most South African industry players cut their teeth at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, many returning not for the money, but the on-going experiences: a fine mix of nostalgia, new memories and nose to the grindstone!
Blond Productions supply Main Stage
“I’ve worked on 13 KKNK festivals and it’s a place in the industry where you can learn a lot,” said Christiaan Ballot, owner of Blond Productions. “Kappie has been a great guy to work with and he has taught and mentored us over the years. When I was still studying at Pretoria Technicon, Kappie was already there. Mark Gaylard from MGG also worked on the festivals with me… now years later, we are suppliers. I enjoy going, and for me it’s something special, the place where it all started, a two week working holiday.”
There were five days to set up and the stage looked amazing. Lighting designer and programmer, Hein Stroh from Blond, created wonderful looks and effects which varied from lighting a Full Symphony Orchestra to something more striking for Belgian pop star Dana Winner, Kurt Darren, Karen Zoid and many other performers.
The grid comprised of Prolyte H40 and Prolyte 52SV trusses. “We have used Prolyte for three years now and it’s a great product,” commented Christiaan. “Our new motors are silent and reliable.”
Photos by Hans van der Veen