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Celebrate Heritage Day with free events and much more

Sep 23, 2016

There’s always lots to do in Cape Town, but this weekend’s Heritage Day celebrations add so much more, with all the major city museums inviting the public in for free. Start early and make a day of it on foot.

Gates at the Castle open at 09:00 with a full cultural programme including traditional dance, Riel dancers, African singers and dancers and Klopse performers. Arts and crafts producers and the Youth Radio Awards are also part of the programme. Entry is free.

As part of its annual In-Herit Festival, Iziko’s 11 museums, most of which are in the city centre, are free until 25 September, and most open at 10:00 on Saturday. The fun extends to the Company’s Garden where family activities, competitions and performances will take place on Saturday. Don’t miss the Nature’s Best Photography exhibition at South African Museum, which closes on 25 September and the South African National Gallery’s Studio - a brilliant introduction to South African art, ending on 30 September.

Adjacent to the SA Gallery is the South African Jewish Museum with its entrance in Hatfield Street. Doors open at 10:00 and it’s also free for Heritage Day. Don’t forget to bring your ID to gain entry. If you haven’t been before, this museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre which forms part of it are well worth the visit.

Round off a weekend of heritage and culture with a theatre performance at the Cape Town Fringe Festival. Shows happening this weekend at the City Hall and the Alexander Bar include #BalletMustFall, Alunamda, The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner, The Gruffalo, Death of a Clown and The Emissary. Prices range from about R40 to R100 and there is masses of parking on the Parade.

Also ending soon are the excellent Clybourne Park at The Fugard and Athol Fugard’s Painted Rocks at Revolver’s Creek. Both shows end this month.  

Last modified on Friday, 23 September 2016 13:49
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