Heritage Week at Iziko Museums
Heritage Day is one of the more recent public holidays added to the South African calendar and it celebrates some concepts that are rather hard to pin down. These being creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat and the land on which we live.
Now if that sounds like a mouthful, I like to think of Heritage Day as a time to celebrate where I come from and everything around me that makes me, me.
As South African’s we have a unique culture and creativity and this should not only be celebrated once a year, we should endeavour to celebrate this every day. Heritage Day is a great reminder to each of us to celebrate these concepts …
It is not often that you get things for free, however the Iziko Museums have decided to treat us to free entrance at all of the Iziko Museums in Cape Town from 21-27 September. Now isn’t that grand? Not only is the entrance free, there are also a number of exciting activities, exhibitions and more to entertain you and your family.
Plenty will be happening at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge and Iziko South African Museum throughout the day. For those of us on a strict budget, more opportunities to enjoy all that the Iziko Museums have to offer includes free Planetarium shows, film screenings and a craft expo. And for night owls, some of the programmes run until 22h00, so you won’t have to miss any of the programmes.
Heritage Day (Thursday 24 September 2009) will be very eventful – Be escorted by the internationally acclaimed Western Cape Marching Band from the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum in Wale Street to the Iziko South African Museum in the Company’s Gardens.
You will also have the opportunity to learn the 2010 iDiski dance (it is said to be easy to learn and contains a number of soccer moves), meet DJ Suga from Good Hope FM or take one of the guided tours.
Sit back and relax a bit after a morning of activities and learn more about Marie Koopman-De Wet – a Cape Town socialite from the late 18th Century – at the Koopmans-De Wet House.
Tickets are R30 per person and the show is from 13h30 to 15h30 (contact Sibulele on +27 (0)21 464-3280 for more information), and at 16h00 enjoy an hour long performance of MyCapeTown which explores the music, sights and sounds of Cape Town at the SA Museum Amphitheatre.
The Iziko Museums have planned a host of activities and put together exhibitions that will appeal to one and all. This is a non-profit organisation partially funded by the National Department of Arts and Cultures and any donations from individuals and corporates will be appreciated so that they can continue allowing the public access to these fantastic museums which represent so much of South African culture.
Interested in architecture? Then visit the Iziko South African National Gallery from 21-27 September 2009 to visit The Everyday and the Extraordinary exhibit which showcases work from internationally recognised Professor Jo Noero. Other exhibits include ‘From Fire into Form’ which is a fascinating display of bronze sculptures with pieces dating back to the 1500’s in Italy right through to modern day South Africa.
A truly South African term, “jolling”, meaning to have a party or fun time will explored in the exhibit entitle ‘Jol’ and features photographs from Billy Monk. He is famed for his images captured at the Cape Town Catacombs Club in the 1960’s. Graham Goddard is also showcased in this exhibit with his paintings and prints capturing the spirit of “jolling”.
For more information and full programme details you can contact the general enquiries desk on +27 (0)21 481-3800.
How will you be spending your time this Heritage Day? Let us know by posting your comments and suggestions in the comment box below.
Photographs taken at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town: