Celebrate Heritage Week at Iziko Museums of South Africa

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Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward

Iziko Museums of South Africa, September 2014 view photo gallery

Whether you’re from Langa, Lansdowne, Lavis or Llandudno, Iziko Museums of South Africa are inviting all communities to connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of free entertainment and education at our museumsthis Heritage Week, from 22—28 September 2014*. Join us in celebrating our living legacy at the in_heritfestivala multifaceted programme of guided tours, film screenings, interactive activities, displays and much more. (*Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope free on 24 September only).

This year, the theme of the Department of Arts and Culture is “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward”. This call to action encourages all citizens to make themselves heard and contribute to the common South African story. In this way, it seeks to encourage active citizenship and national identity building.

“Museums are powerful places where we tell the story of our shared heritage and unfold the multiple layers of our world through exhibitions and artefacts. As we celebrate 20 years of democracy, it is important to create a platform for individuals from all walks of life to tell their stories, and identify the need to reconnect with the past in order to shape the future. The manner in which we opt to preserve and communicate these collective memories is integral to our society as a diverse nation. Through our varied Heritage Week programme, Iziko Museums of South Africa will raise awareness and illustrate the meaningful importance of our heritage by promoting inter-generational dialogue and public engagement,” says Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko Museums.

Leading up to Heritage Week, voice your opinion and gain fresh perspectives at the panel discussion, “Slavery and Race: Brazil and South Africa”, at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 18 September. The event will be hosted by Iziko in partnership with the Consulate of Brazil and the Palmares Cultural Foundation.

On 20 September, take the opportunity to gain insight into the exhibition, Impressions of Rorke’s Drift: The Jumuna Collection, with curator Thembinkosi Goniwe at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

Catch the ‘museum without walls’, Iziko’s Mobile Museum at the Central Library of Cape Town and at Thales Education Project Launch (COSAT) in Khayelitsha during Heritage Week.

On Heritage Day, enjoy a magical morning of musical performances in the ISAM amphitheatre. The Cape Town Youth Choir, Rainbow Academy, as well as a variety of cultural performances and open mic sessions will keep everyone entertained. 

Participate in enlightening and informative walkabouts at several of our museums and exhibitions including: Singing Freedom: Music and the struggle against apartheid, and There’s something I must tell you at Iziko Slave Lodge or Design & Making [the story of food] at the Castle of Good Hope, amongst others.

Explore the universe and galaxies; marvel at the Milky Way and travel to the stars at the Iziko Planetarium.

Animate your life at a cartoon workshop with artist, illustrator & cartoonist, Vernon Fourie.

Release your inner fossil fanatic at mock fossil digs anda public lecture with world renowned paleontologist, Dr. Roger Smith on “Hunting for dinosaur fossils in the Karoo”.

*The trending hashtag for Heritage Month 2014 is #discoveringmyrichheritage

*For more information or to book a place on our tours and/or workshops, contact Wandile Kasibe (Education & Public Programmes Co-ordinator) on Tel: 021 481 3804/12 or email: wkasibe@iziko.org.zaor publicprogs@iziko.org.za. Visit 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 serve.

Issued by: Department of Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums of South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3891                  Facsimile: +27 (0) 21 461 9620

Cell: 073 585 9843                                             E-mail: lcollison@iziko.org.za

Website http://www.iziko.org.za