05-09 September 2018

Open Book Festival

05-09 September2018

Faith Kinniar

Faith Kinniar

Faith Kinniar is an actress, playwright, satirist and cabaret artist. She attended the University of Stellenbosch as a Drama student. In her time at Stellenbosch she underwent a socio-political awakening which led her to seek out art forms that combine comedy with social commentary. In 2016 she made her professional debut with self-written, produced and performed cabaret Valencia at the first KKNK Uitkampteater (the festival’s 20min tent-theatre project) for which she received the KykNet Fiesta award for best emerging artist. Her play Syria? also debuted in 2016 at Artscape’s New Voices season and was directed by Quanita Adams, it later received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at NAF 2017. Her texts Syria? and Valencia have been works in progress since her student days in 2013. In 2014 she collaborated with poets Adrian van Wyk, Rimestein, Jethro Louw and the visual artists at Burning Museum on the project Manufractured, a commemorative performance/exhibition in honour of the return of the late Nat Nakasa’s remains to South Africa. She has also showcased her works at poetry platforms such as Inzync Poetry Sessions and Rioters in Session. Her work is usually centred around common prejudiced rhetoric such as xenophobia and Islamophobia.