Heritage Day at Iziko Museums FREE Entry for ALL

  • Posted: Sep 19, 2011

Date: 17 September 2011

Heritage Day at Iziko Museums FREE Entry for ALL

24 September 2011

Iziko Museums, promises to be abuzz with excitement and activity on Heritage Day, 24 September 2011. The programme observes the national heritage week theme: “Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa.”  The celebration, jam-packed with thought provoking discussions, electrifying performances, film screenings and tours, kicks off in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum at 10am.

‘See things differently’ and gain fresh insight on our diverse cultural heritage. Free film screenings, Planetarium shows, behind the scenes tours, live spider displays in the ‘Creepy Crawley Corner’ and demonstrations by the Cape Weavers Guild provide something for everyone. 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.’  See the performance, Woza Cape Town, a collaborative production of poetry, dance and song, presented by The Dance Project, which highlights the significance of the South African struggle and historical sites like District Six.

The production tells the gripping tale of three young men navigating their way through a culturally and racially torn South Africa. Woza Cape Town was bred out of a desire to create and present something that reflected varied aspects of Cape Town beyond the usual tourist experience and a look at Cape Town through the thoughts, views and experiences of three young South Africans.
Open MIC session
Individuals, groups – everybody is invited to showcase their talent, dancing, singing performing in the Amphitheatre, Iziko South African Museum.

Clowns without Borders

Clowns Without Borders-South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.
What about Tretchikoff?
Share your thoughts about the artwork on exhibition as part of the Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter Retrospective – at the Iziko South African National Gallery or learn how to make your own beautiful orchid using paper and have a chance to compare your orchid with those which are currently on exhibition.

Examine, interrogate, reflect and share your perspectives on reclaiming our heroes and heroines, forgotten freedom fighters and images of the liberation. Celebrate the lives and achievements of our unsung heroes and heroines and express your voice. The panel discussions provide the opportunity to actively engage with their legacies, our history and heritage.

Public Discussion 1, T.H. Barry (Iziko South African Museums at 10:30)

“Forgotten Freedom Fighters: The San Struggle for Freedom Past and Present” by Dr Sven Ouzman (Curator of Pre-Colonial Archaeology, Iziko Museums). “The Image in the Liberation of South Africa: A look at the holdings of the Iziko South African National Gallery” by Robyn Cedras (Collections Manager, Iziko Museums). “Reclaiming Our Heroes and Heroines II” by Ron Martin (Cultural Activist). “Anton Lubowski – can we close the file?” by Joleen du Plessis (sister of Anton Lubowski). 

Public Discussion 2, T.H. Barry (Iziko South African Museums at 10:30)

“Visual Disturbance: The Deaths of Biko and the Archives of Apartheid.”
Join thought leader, Kylie Thomas, in a discussion about whether the works depicting the death of Stive Biko, disrupts the dominant post-apartheid narrative of reconciliation and healing and lead us to recognise that to which we cannot be reconciled.

Steve Biko’s murder on 12 September 1977 drew the attention of the world to the struggle that consumed him. His death - both the way in which he died and his corpse –has possessed the minds of several South African visual artists. Since the time of Biko’s murder, photographs and artworks depicting his corpse have been in public circulation. This lecture takes some of these images as its focus and considers works by Jane Alexander, Jillian Edelstein, Paul Stopforth and Sam Nhlengethwa, among others. 
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. 
Must See Museums
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.



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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