Connect with family and friends for a fun-filled week of free entertainment and education at Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko). They are inviting all communities to celebrate our living legacy during Heritage Week, from September 21 to 27*. Elevate your heritage at the in_herit festival – a multifaceted programme of guided tours, film screenings, interactive activities, displays and more. (*Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope free on September 24 only).
Catch the Iziko Mobile Museum at the Umthombo Wempilo NGO in Makaza, Khayelitsha, on Saturday, September 19, and West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain on September 22. The Mobile museum breaks traditional boundaries and conventions by taking the museum to the people. This “museum without walls” ensures that visitors who would not normally go to a museum have the opportunity to engage with South Africa’s heritage. The mobile museum showcases indigenous objects, artefacts as well as specimens that tell the story of our art, social and natural history.
Leading up to Heritage Week, discover your roots through archaeology displays and film screenings such as ‘Mutiny on the Slave Ship Meermin’ and ‘Your Inner Fish’, as well as an insightful talk by Palaeontologist, Dr Roger Smith.
Participate in enlightening and informative walkabouts at several of the museums and exhibitions. Meet the curators Shanaaz Galant and Lynn Carneson and for guided tours of the exhibitions: ‘Singing Freedom: Music and the struggle against apartheid’, and ‘Red in the Rainbow at Iziko Slave Lodge’.
The single greatest symbol of the transatlantic slave trade is the ships that carried captive Africans across the Atlantic never to return. Join Social History curator, Paul Tichmann and Marine Archaeologist, Jake Harding, for a public discussion “The Slave Ship: Sao Jose and the Mozambicans at the Cape” following the recent announcement of the São José slave wreck, discovered off the coast of Cape Town, which made international news.
At the Iziko South African Museum, discover various Natural History displays, experience behind-the-scenes-tours, and unearth 250-million-year-old fossils with the Fossil Preparators. Children will also have the opportunity to join a museum movie marathon of ‘Night at the Museum’ 1, 2 and 3 in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre.
Explore the universe and galaxies, marvel at the Milky Way and travel to the stars at the Iziko Planetarium. Free Davy Dragon and the Star City shows will run on the hour from 11am until 2pm on the day. Numbers are limited, so be sure to arrive early and collect your tickets at the ISAM Reception.
Get creative at painting sessions at the Iziko South African National Gallery. Each session will kick off with a viewing of Moses Tladi’s garden paintings, followed by experiencing the Company’s Gardens in a new way through paint. Participants will be able to leave with their own masterpiece. For the older children, sharpen your drawing skills at a cartoon workshop hosted by artist, illustrator and cartoonist, Vernon Fourie.
At Groot Constantia Wine Farm, visitors can look forward to a historical tour of the estate, a pottery workshop, book launch and the “Amazing Groot Constantia Heritage Race”. First, second and third place finalists will each receive prizes.
* For programme details, visit www.iziko.org.za.