The 22nd Toyota SU Woordfees was the first arts festival to take place on a pop-up TV channel. Woordfees TV was broadcast countrywide and across Namibia from 1 to 7 October on DStv channel 150. In Namibia, the festival was also available on GOtv channel 15.

Woordfees TV could not have taken place without the conviction, commitment and creative ingenuity of our artists. Thank you for travelling the road with us and for your unstinting support. You made Woordfees TV possible.

More than 300 artists and 200 technicians were involved in the production of content for this channel. More than 70 new programmes were developed for Woordfees TV, and more than 60 established productions were licenced to bring an arts festival into your lounge for 24 hours a day over 7 days.

Heartfelt thanks to our passionate viewers who shared their experiences via social media with such enthusiasm and sent emails to the festival office. It was wonderful to be able to extend the festival for a further three days from 8-10 October as a result of the overwhelming number of requests for programmes to be re-broadcast.

“We are extremely grateful and privileged,” says festival director, Saartjie Botha, “to have been able to support the arts, keep our brand alive and ensure exposure for our loyal sponsors. Woordfees TV has shown us without a doubt that without artists we are not and without sponsors we cannot.

“Deep appreciation must be expressed to our headline sponsors (Toyota and Stellenbosch University), our platinum sponsors (kykNET and Media 24), our gold sponsors (Distell and Standard Bank), our silver sponsors (ATKV) and to DStv who made the channel available to us. Warm thanks to our valued donors (Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds, NATi, Dagbreek Trust, WF20 and TAO), all those who contributed to the Love Woordfees campaign and all our project and production partners. We hope that we will once again gather in Stellenbosch for the 2022 festival.”

Plans for the Toyota SU Woordfees 2022 festival will be announced shortly.

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