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September 22, 2010

Heritage Day – A bumper weekend at the Company’s Garden

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Time for long-weekend fun at the Company’s Garden! Photo courtesy coda

Friday, September 24 is a public holiday! But you already knew that … Whether you’re celebrating Heritage Day, National Braai Day, or merely the fact that you’re not office-bound, there’s a wonderful selection of events happening around the beautiful Company’s Garden – entirely free and entirely fun.

High school students will find it well worth attending the 2010 Heritage Week debate at Iziko Museums’ TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the South African Museum.

If you’re keen for something more celebratory, then join in the Cultural Heritage Parade led by the Riverside Drill Team. The hour-long procession starts at 10h00 at Iziko’s Bo-Kaap Museum.

Rumbling tummy? Then head over to the Coral International Hotel, Bo-Kaap Museum and South African Museum for the Bo-Kaap Heritage Day Food and Cultural Festival. You’ll have the opportunity to sample delicious, proudly Capetonian food outside these venues from 10h00 to 12h00.

There will be a series of free shows at the Iziko Planetarium on Friday. From 11h00 to 13h00, catch “Tick Tock – The Mouse and the Clock” – it’s specially geared towards kids aged 5-12, and runs on the hour. At 13h00 there’ll be a free “Dinosaurs” show and at 14h00 the show is themed “Light and Life in Space and Time”. At 18h30 the Planetarium will be presenting a special free screening on indigenous astronomy.

Teenagers can win an iPod at “Diss da Art”, happening at the Iziko South African National Art Gallery. Creative Cape Town and Iziko SA National Gallery, as part of Creative Week Cape Town, are inviting young people between 16 and 25 to come and “Diss da Art” on September 24.  They want to hear which art you hate and why. Come to the gallery any time during the day from 11h00 to 16h00. The team will be walking though the gallery and interviewing teenagers about their artistic likes and dislikes.

The Iziko South African Museum will be utilised throughout the day for a bunch of free events. Good Hope FM will be broadcasting live from the forecourt from 12h00 to 15h00. iKapa Dance Theatre will be performing contemporary dance pieces at the amphitheatre from 12h30 to 13h30. From 13h00 to 14h30 there’ll be a fun treasure hunt for families at the museum and from 17h00 the Music Laboratory will pay tribute to South African musical icons including Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba and Robbie Jansen.

Then, at 19h30, the public is invited to take part in an observation of the beautiful night sky through mobile telescopes, also at the South African Museum.

Click here to read more about the My Cape Town Weekend and click here to read about other events related to this festiv

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