Explore Iziko museums on Museum Night in a New Light, After Dark

  • Posted: Apr 19, 2017

Museum Night founding partner, Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with Thursdays Projects, will offer free admission to three Iziko museums on Museum Night 2017, 20 April, from 5pm to 10pm.

This year, visitors can look forward to a bigger and better Museum Night, incorporating a number of  museums, including the Iziko South African Museum, and Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge, the South African Jewish Museum, District Six Museum, Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the New Church Museum.

Explore natural history and the wonders of the universe at the Iziko South African Museum. Marvel at the majesty of marine life or travel back millions of years to the time of the African Dinosaurs, and walk among the giants that once ruled the Earth.  Visit the Iziko Slave Lodge after dark toexplore our shared history of slavery in South Africa.  The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Today, the site is dedicated to promoting awareness of human rights, transforming from a site of human wrongs to one of human rights.

Visitors can reflect on contemporary times at the Iziko South African National Gallery,  where The Art of Disruptions showcases works by artists who employ different strategies to actively ‘break apart’, challenge and complicate the traditional boundaries and hierarchies of culture and society, as represented by those in power. These artworks engage with a range of topical issues, such as racism, inequality, and environmental denigration. Patrons can discover Women’s Work exhibition that showcases the innovation demonstrated by a diverse group of contemporary South African artists and artisans, who utilise and transform techniques such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting and beadwork to create works that blur the boundaries between art and craft.

All museums will have print maps and programmes available to help attendees navigate the city and explore other museums that interest them. No tickets are required, but high attendance numbers are anticipated and the organisers have advised that attendees should expect queues at some museums. Museum Night is an initiative that aims to make the city’s cultural institutions more accessible, while developing local audiences for museums, and fostering higher engagement with art and culture. It is also a lively public experience that injects life into the city’s public spaces after hours. It is an incredibly unique opportunity to engage with local culture.

The public is invited to explore a walkable programme of participating museums until late at night, for free. Alongside the core programme of museums, visitors will also be able to enjoy a curated programme of performances, music and food trucks.

Museum Night is an initiative of Thursdays Projects, the team behind Cape Town’s popular First Thursdays, with Iziko Museums of South Africa as a founding partner. The 2017 edition of Museum Night Cape Town has been made possible with the generous patronage of the Ackerman Family Foundation and Arup, with additional support from the City of Cape Town and the HCI Foundation. Museum Night has expanded beyond the central city to include an edition at the V&A Waterfront, the next edition of which is to take place on 28 June 2017.

More information about the event and the full programme will be available online in the week leading up to the event. Those interested can visit http://www.museum-night.co.za or the Museum Night Cape Town page on Facebook.


For media enquiries, contact Brighton Khoza on 021 481 3838 mediaofficer@iziko.org.za  or Gareth Pearson garethcpearson@gmail.com

Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith, Marketing Communications Manager
Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3861                
Facsimile: +27 (0) 21 461 9620
Website http://www.iziko.org.za                  
On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa

The organisers will be available for radio interviews by telephone only. Please email the organisers to request images for press. All images are to be credited to “Museum Night South Africa”.


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About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding Groot Constantia and the Planetarium). Visit our webpage at http://www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions. 

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