Heritage Week at Iziko

  • Posted: Sep 13, 2013

Reclaim, restore and celebrate our living heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa

Free entry to all Iziko museums on Heritage Day, 24 September 2013

Reclaim, restore and celebrate our living heritage on 24 September, with free entrance to all Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko).  Connect with family and friends for a fun-filled day of art, dance, discussions and performances. Iziko, in collaboration with the Company’s Garden Precinct Stakeholders group, will host the in_herit festival on 24 September.

Visitors can explore all the Iziko museums, participate in tours, public discussions, yoga classes, workshops, film screenings, musical performances, planetarium shows, interactive activities, natural history displays and more. South Africa’s collective national identity comprises of a multi-faceted cultural heritage. Under  the Department of Art and Culture theme, “Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage”, Iziko will offer *free entry to all museums during heritage week, from 23-29 September 2013 (*Planetarium, free only on Heritage Day and Castle of Good Hope free only on Heritage Day  and World Tourism Day,  24 and 27  September).

This week-long programme highlights and celebrates the richness, diversity and importance of our birthright as South Africans. This opportunity provides visitors with the chance to reclaim and restore our heritage, and has the potential to serve as a nation-building instrument from which we can draw inspiration in our efforts to building a socially cohesive society.  Leading up to the Heritage Week programme, the Iziko Mobile Museum will travel across the Western Cape. Discover the ‘museum without walls’ at the following venues:

  • Driftsands Nature Reserve (Blue Downs) on 19 September
  • Ikhaya le themba (Hout Bay), 20 September
  • Bonteheuwel Public Library (Bonteheuwel) 23 September
  • Robertson Lenteskou / Spring Show from 26 – 28 September

Heritage Day, 24 September

Heritage Day is jam-packed with exciting activities and free entry to all Iziko museums (including the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).  in_herit the city and attend a range of events and activities in and around the Company’s Garden. Explore the dynamic and multi-faceted programme of performances, workshops, tours, discussions and exhibitions.

The celebrations kick off at 10am, with a magical morning of musical performances at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM). Listen to melodies by the South African Army Band Cape Town, Gardens Commercial High School Choir and Heavenly Quartetz.   Natural history displays, live spiders, microfossils and useful recycled objects will be showcased in the Gathering Space at ISAM.

Adventure seekers, awake the archaeologist in you at the mock fossil dig in the ISAM Activity Centre, from 11:00-15:00. Solar Mamas, a short film by Steps International will be screened at the TH Barry lecture Theatre, ISAM at 14:15.  

Yogis bring your yoga mat and water bottle for yoga on the Groot Constantia lawns from 10:00- 11:00.  Meet at the Iziko Groot Constantia Manor House for this Kundalini Yoga class. Beginners are welcome. Book with Karen Woodcock: tours@grootconstantia.co.za or Tel. 021 794 5128 ext. 208  

Free Planetarium Shows

Explore the universe and galaxies and unearth the heavens. Marvel at the Milkyway and travel to the stars. Transport yourself through space and time. Meet a fury friend in Tick Tock the Mouse and the Clock (for ages 5-12). Discover if the Stars influence your life or see Light and life in time and space(for adults and teens). 


Join Iziko curators for guided tours of the museums, and exhibition walkabouts

  • Objects in the Tide of Timeat the Iziko South African National Gallery, 11:00-11:30
  • Oliver Reginald Tambo: The modest revolutionary, Iziko Slave Lodge, 11:15-12:00
  • Guided walkabout of the Iziko South African Museum, 11:15- 12:00
  • The isishweshwe story: material women?,Iziko Slave Lodge, 12:30-13:00
  • Opening Plato’s Cave: The Legacy of Kevin Atkinson, Iziko South African National Gallery, 14:30-15:30
  • Footsteps to Freedomhistorical city walking tour of Cape Town. Meet at the Taj Cape Town reception, from 10h20-12h30. Repeated daily 24–28 Sept.
  • Walk the Groot Constantia Vineyards. The planting, harvesting, production and bottling of wine will be explained. The walk will be followed by a wine tasting. Book with Karen Woodcock: tours@grootconstantia.co.za or Tel. 021 794 5128 ext. 208 by 23 September. Cost: R50 per person.
  • Walkabout: Artist Cathy Abraham gives a tour through her fascinating exhibition, Undying Entaglement. Booking: Tel. 021 465 1546 or info@sajewishmuseum.co.za. Repeated on 29 Sept. South African Jewish Museum, 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens


Get involved, restore and reclaim our art, social and natural heritage through workshops presented:

  • Wood carving workshop, inspired by the exhibition, Against the Grain will be hosted at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, St John’s Street from 10:00-16:00
  • An oral history workshop will be hosted at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Wale Street, from 11:00-12:00.
  • A 20-minute Fossil Preparation workshop will be hosted at ISAM. Receive the tools and training to uncovering 250-million-year-old bones and artefacts. 

Public Talks and Discussions

Gain fresh perspectives, voice your opinion and have your say at the lectures, talks and discussions:

  • Indigenous Peoples and the Land Question,a public discussion that will take us back into the very ‘heart’ of the land question, its complexitiesand how the Land Act of 1913 has affected indigenous communities. Chaired by Dr Yvette Abrahams, with participants Chief John Witbooi, Willa Boezak, Priscilla de Wet; Chiefness Jean Burger and Ron Martin. Rock Art Gallery, ISAM from 13:00-16:30.
  • “The Exhibition as a Dramatic Construction” a discussion by Jens Hoffmann of a trilogy of exhibitions he organised for the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, based on iconic American novels. Booking essential: Tel. 021 465 1546 or info@sajewishmuseum.co.za. South African Jewish Museum, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens.

Visit our museums & wake up at the Taj Cape Town Hotel

If you visit any of the following museums between 23–28 September 2013, you stand a chance of winning a night’s stay at the Taj Cape Town.

Iziko Bertram House– Government Avenue (Access from Hiddingh Campus, UCT, in Orange Street)

Iziko Rust & Vreugd– 78 Buitenkant Street (opp Robbie Nurock Day Hospital)

• Iziko Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House – Greenmarket Square

Iziko Maritime Centre– 1st floor, Union Castle House, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

After visiting, take a photo of yourself outside any of the four museums listed, with your ticket clearly visible. Upload your photo on your Facebook page and tag both Iziko (www.facebook. com/izikomuseums) and the Taj Cape Town (http://www.facebook.com/tajcapetown). Get your friends and family to like your photo. The most “liked” photo wins the prize. It’s that easy!  *Terms and conditions apply.

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 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. 

Do not miss this exciting heritage celebration! Contact Wandile Kasibe (Public Programmes Co -ordinator) on Tel: 021 481 3804/12 and email: wkasibe@iziko.org.za or publicprogs@iziko.org.za, to book a space for you, your family and friends.  Log onto the Iziko website: www.iziko.org.za for programme details. Programme subject to change without prior notification. Weather plan: Check alternative venues for outdoor events on arrival. Planetarium shows: Collect tickets at SA Museum front desk one hour prior to shows. First come, first served. Limited parking available.

*Free entry to the Planetarium only on 24 September

*Free entry to the Castle of Good Hope only on 24th and 27th September.



Iziko Museums (Iziko) of South Africa operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, 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 which reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (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 Day: 24 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
  • Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, free only on International Museum Day and Heritage Day

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