Celebrate Heritage Week with *FREE Entry for ALL at Iziko Museums

  • Posted: Sep 2, 2011

Iziko Museums from 19 – 25 September 2011

Heritage Week (19-25 September) is an exciting time at Iziko Museums. ‘See things differently’ and gain fresh perspective on our diverse cultural heritage. The national Heritage Week theme: “Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa”, has informed the creation of a dynamic and multifaceted programme.

Iziko will launch its Heritage Week programme on 19 September with lunchtime film screenings, public talks, outreach activities and *FREE Entry for all to Iziko Museums (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, which offers free entry on the 24th). Live spider displays in the ‘Creepy Crawley Corner’ and demonstrations by the Cape Weavers Guild provide something for everyone.

Heritage Day, 24 September, is jam-packed with exciting performances, activities and events. The celebration kicks off at 10am, in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum. On the day, individuals and groups are invited to showcase their talent at the open mic session. Traditional dance performances, ghoema entertainers, magic shows, drumming sessions, poetry, music and more, will be hosted at the ‘hearth of our heritage.’

Celebrate the lives and achievements of our unsung heroes and heroines and express your voice at the public lectures and discussions. The diverse topics provide the opportunity to actively engage with their legacies, our history and heritage. Prolific speaker, Kylie Thomas; cultural activist, Ron Martin, and sister of Anton Lubowski; Joleen Du Plessis, will present personal perspectives in the discussions: “Visual Disturbance: The Deaths of Biko and the Archives of Apartheid”, Reclaiming our Heroes and Heroines” as well as “Anton Luboski – can we close the file” respectively.

Robyn Cedras, Iziko Museums Collection Manager, reviews the visual imagery produced during the liberation in the discussion: “The Image in the liberation of South Africa, a look at the holdings of the Iziko South African National Gallery”, whilst Iziko Museums Pre-Colonial Archaeologist, Dr Sven Ousman, will discuss “Forgotten Freedom Fighters: The San Struggle for freedom past and present”.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home; a place associated with warmth, kinship and ancestral spirits. Our 12 museums each have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections, reflective of our diverse African heritage. The different museums that make up Iziko are spaces for cultural interaction where knowledge is shared, stories told and experiences enjoyed. 
Connect to our slave roots at the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum or discover the story of the mutiny on the VOC slave ship Meermin at the Iziko Maritime Centre, located at the V&A Waterfront. Explore the Michaelis Collection, Cape Town’s 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, at the Iziko Old Town House, or visit the Iziko South African National Gallery, to see a retrospective of the artist, Vladimir Tretchikoff, entitled: Tretchikoff, the people’s painter. Visit the African Dinosaurs, Shark World and Virtual Earth (an interactive digital theatre running animations of climate change) exhibitions at the Iziko South African Museum.
For a detailed programme of events, log onto http://www.iziko.org.za. For booking and enquiries contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe on 021 481 3804/13 or email wkasibe@iziko.org.za.

Download our Heritage week flyer HERE



Iziko Museums (Iziko) operates 12 national museums in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these 12 museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – FREE ENTRANCE (excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope)

  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 25 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 19 – 25 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December

Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith
Communications Coordinator: Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums
Telephone +27 (0) 21 481 3861
Facsimile +27 (0) 21 481 9620
Cell 073 107 4955
E-mail mkleinsmith@iziko.org.za
Website http://www.iziko.org.za
On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums 

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