Museum collections make connections
We are celebrating 20 years of freedom, and South Africans of all walks of life are excited about where we’ve come from, and optimistic about where we’re going. Over this period, we mark a number of politically and socially significant commemorative days, including Freedom Day on 27 April; Africa Day on 25 May; and Youth Day on 16 June; as well as International Museum Day on 18 May 2014. Museums are at the heart of these celebrations, and we welcome visitors to walk the road with us to discover and commemorate our history as a nation.
In the countdown to Freedom Day 2014, the South African government launchedthe Freedom Fridays campaign as a call to all South Africans to take pride in their nation and together to celebrate the road they have travelled since 1994. South Africans are encouraged to wear, every Friday, anything that expresses pride in being South African, including the colours of the national flag, traditional wear or a jersey of our favourite national team.So join us at Iziko Museums of South Africa, wear your colours on your sleeve, and celebrate being proudly South African with us!
The community of museums around the world also celebrates International Museum Day (IMD) annually on 18 May 2014. Special events and activities will be organised in thousands of museums across the world to mark this festive day for the heritage sector – including Iziko Museums of South Africa. This year, the theme of IMD is “Museum collections make connections” – a reminder that museums are living institutions that help create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world. Emphasising the significance of the day, International Council of Museums (ICOM) President, Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz said, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”. For more about ICOM and International Museum Day, please see http://icom.museum