Celebrate our heritage at Iziko – free

This is Heritage Week from 20 to 26 September and at Iziko Museums in Cape Town, it’s all free!

Heritage Week is an exciting time at Iziko Museums of Cape Town. From free visits to our twelve museums based in Cape Town (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium, which is only free on the 24th) to a jam-packed programme of activities for the whole family, there is no better place to celebrate than at the hearth of our heritage where you can see things differently.

Workshops to expand your knowledge:

On Monday, 20 September, you can Make your own musical instrument at the South African Museum between 10h00-15h00 and get to play it on Heritage Day. On Wednesday, 22 and 23 September, at the Western Cape Archives and Records Service in Roeland Street, Cape Town, you can learn the art of paste paper making and basic bookbinding. Also at the W.C. Archives are workshops on family history and how you can trace your ancestry. On Heritage Day, Bevil Spence will introduce you to drumming in the SA Museum Amphitheatre.

Public talks and symposiums:

On 22 September at 18h00, Jenny Marchandt will be talking about Human Ingenuity – Honey Bees in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the SA Museum. Saturday, 25 September, Iziko hosts a symposium commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Khoi/Almeida confrontation in the Rock Art Gallery, also at the SA Museum.

Free lunchtime film screenings:

From 20 – 24 September, free film screening will take place between 12pm and 2pm in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the SA Museum. These films appeal to all age groups. Films such as Pennywhistle: the magical instrument, Spirits of Uhadi, the Nadine Gordimer story, The Last Call and Promised Land are amongst the several short films to be screened. For full programme of film screenings visit http://www.iziko.org.za.

Guided Tours:

A special treat for visitors are daily guided tours of Iziko museums and exhibitions which will be offered for the week. Now is the time to visit special museums such as the Maritime Centre, Koopman’s-de Wet House and Groot Constantia where a curator will guide you through the many wonderful exhibits on display. During this week the Western Cape Archives will also host daily tours of the Archives, these tours will be conducted in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Sign Language. Tours take place between 12 noon and 1pm. Please see full details on our website http://www.iziko.org.za.


The UCT Postgraduate architectural students will present their final year works at the SA Museum from 13th to 17th September while at the Western Cape Archives an exhibition of Family History will be on show. Are you interested in taxidermy? Well this is your chance to learn more about it – on 22 September at 10am you will be treated to a display of taxidermy by Elkanah House Students and a tour of the Iziko Taxidermy department at the SA Museum. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Live Performances and storytelling:

Story telling sessions for both children and adults take place on 22 September at 10h00 and 18h00 with Pedro Espi Sanchez. During the morning session the Worcester School for the Deaf will translate the stories into sign language, while adding quite a few of their own. Don’t miss the evening session where you can add your own spin to the poets, storytellers and narrators open mic session at 18h00; we want you to dazzle us with your poetic talent.

If live performances are your thing, visit on Heritage Day, 24 September where a mix of live performances is planned starting with the Riverside Drill Team Marching Band from the Bokaap Museum at 10am, to the iKAPA Dance Theatre and Freeflight Dance Company performances. At sunset you can experience a tribute concert by Music Laboratory for our lost musical icons such as Brenda Fassie, Robbie Jansen and Miriam Makeba.

Free Planetarium Shows:

If you have never experienced a planetarium show, this is your chance. Visit the Planetarium for free on Heritage Day where you can meet Davy Dragon, Tick Tock Mouse and the snail, Silly Solly as they all venture into the galaxy. In the evening at 18h30, Tony Jones will assist you to observe the night sky though mobile telescopes. These popular shows are held every hour and booking is essential. Come early to collect your ticket which is distributed on a first come first served basis.

Diss da Art competition – win an IPOD:

If you are over 16 and under 30 years of age and have something to say about art, come to the SA National Gallery on Heritage Day between 11am and 3pm. View our exhibition of South African art from our 1910-2010 – from Pierneef to Gugulective Exhibition and if there is any work you don’t like, find our camera man and tell him on camera WHY you don’t like it. Your comments will be uploaded to the Creative Cape Town YouTube site and the public will vote for the winning remarks. If you are the winner you can stand a chance to win an iPod.

Treasure Hunt with prizes up for grabs:

Win a one night stay with breakfast thrown in from the Coral Cape Town International when you hunt for treasure on Heritage Day. Register at the SA Museum and use your whole family to help you win prizes such as accommodation, books and t-shirts. Be sure to register for the treasure hunt by 1pm as you will only have one and a half hours to complete the hunt.

Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures – the custodians of our intangible cultural heritage

This is the theme from the Department of Arts and Culture for this year’s Heritage Day. If you would like to know what exactly this means, join the debate between SACS and Rustenberg High as students discuss the meaning of this theme. This event takes place on Heritage day between 09h30 and 12 noon in the T H Barry Lecture Theatre at the SA Museum. There will be two sessions, one for junior students and the other for senior students. Please support our young learners as they attempt to unpack the meaning of this idea.

Good Hope FM and Voice of the Cape live outside broadcasts

On 22 September between 10am and 12noon, Voice of the Cape will be broadcasting live from the SA Museum forecourt. Be sure to visit and chat to presenters about your experience of the Iziko Museum Heritage Week activities.

Then join DJ Ayanda of Good Hope FM on Heritage Day between 12 noon and 3pm in the same spot where she will be keeping you up to date with Iziko Museum’s exciting and varied Heritage Day programme.

Also happening in the Company’s Garden:

Other event happening during Heritage Week in the Company’s Garden precinct include a free concert on the 22 September at the UCT Hiddingh Hall, free entry and music at the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre on the 26 September and exhibitions and events at the St Georges Cathedral and Memory Centre.

Then, when you are totally exhausted with all the festivities, retreat to the St Georges Crypt Café for a well-deserved cuppa and a slice of their cheesecake, the best in Cape Town.

So take up the My Cape Town challenge and be a tourist in your own city. You have no excuse as Metrorail will provide you with a free return ticket when you purchase your train ticket on Heritage Day on presentation of any Iziko Heritage Week promotional literature. Gather up the family and friends and enjoy a fun filled week of events, tours, live performances and more at Iziko Museums of Cape Town Heritage Week celebrations.

For further details visit http://www.iziko.org.za or http://www.izikomuseums.org.za for more information. To register for the public symposium and any of the workshops and talks call 021 481 3800 or e-mail wkasibe@iziko.org.za

Artslink.co.za Account:
Zyaan Davids
Iziko Museums of Cape Town
021 481 3890
Office of the CEO


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