in_herit Your City in September

  • Posted: Sep 10, 2013

Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, reminded South Africans that September is Heritage Month; a month to celebrate our common heritage. On the occasion of the New Age breakfast held on 3 September 2013, he said that the theme for this year’s Heritage Month, ‘Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating our Living Heritage’ is, “a call to recognise the importance of our tangible heritage; our museums, commemorative sites and interpretation centres, in building an inclusive society”.

From 23 to 29 September 2013,Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), along with its partners in the Cape Town Cultural District Stakeholders Forum, stage the annual in_herit Festival around the Company’s Garden precinct. Entry to our museums is *free, and with an exciting programme on offer for visitors of all ages, there is no better way to reconnect with your heritage. Under the banner, ‘Reclaim Heritage. Restore Heritage. Celebrate Heritage.’, the festival is a showcase of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage. The festival, which coincides with the end of Creative Week – the annual celebration of creativity, innovation and culture throughout Cape Town – aims to provide visitors with a seamless offering of activities during the month of September.

The festival is the biggest public engagement platform for Iziko and attracts thousands of visitors. In the past, it has proven the perfect showcase for our collections and exhibits of art, social and natural history. Iziko’s extension of *free entry to visitors aligns itself to the organisation’s stated strategic goal of developing new audiences. We want to increase our visitor numbers during the campaign period by 10 percent compared to last year, when 17,288 people visited Iziko. This will be achieved through the promotion of the current exhibition programme, including guided tours by curators and educators. A radio broadcast is also planned on site at the Iziko South African Museum on Heritage Day.

The Education & Public Programmes (EPP) department at Iziko, along with other departments, has conceptualised a programme of events for Heritage Week, with specific focus on Heritage Day. This is centred round the Iziko South African Museum, but other events and programmes have been scheduled to attract visitors to all our museums. These include a Facebook competition in conjunction with the Taj Cape Town Hotel; an educational walk of the Groot Constantia vineyards with one of the estate’s winemakers; an oral history workshop at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum; a Kundalini yoga class at Groot Constantia; andFootsteps to Freedom walking tours linking with the guided tour of the OR Tambo: modest revolutionary exhibition at the Iziko Slave Lodge. See the Iziko website for the full programme.

*Free entry at all Iziko museums during Heritage Week, excluding the Planetarium, free only on Heritage Day, 24 September, and the Castle of Good Hope, which offers free entry on 24 and 27 September 2013.

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