Exhibition Closing: ‘Ghoema & Glitter: New Year Carnival in Cape Town

  • Posted: Jul 22, 2011

The nagtroepe (Malay choirs), christmas bands and klopse are an inherent Cape tradition. The exhibition ‘Ghoema & Glitter: New Year Carnival in Cape Town,’ at the Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope, concludes on 31 July 2011.

The first ever exhibition to cover the Cape Carnival was shaped through conversations and interviews with people involved in the New Year celebrations. Their narratives and memories provide a major part of the exhibition, which also showcases the creativity of a range of photographers, artists and film makers who have been inspired by the Carnival and made it a subject of their work.

‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ Carnival is a significant aspect of the social history of Cape Town and continues today to form part of the City’s cultural landscape. Ghoema & Glitter: New Year Carnival in Cape Town reveals how Carnival participation has been passed on from generation to generation, while at the same tracing the changes to the Carnival over time. The exhibition engages with the history of early slaves and later working class communities as originators of the Carnival, but also with the contemporary social history of the makers of ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ Carnival.

Ghoema & Glitter runs at the Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope until 31 July 2011.
Operating times and entrance fees: Daily between 09h30–16h00. Monday–Saturday: Adults R28 (Sun R20); SA Pensioners R15 (Sun R10); Students and Children (5–16) R12 (Sun R5); Booked school groups R5 and children under 5: Free.



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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