My Cape Town Weekend in the Company's Garden

13 September 2010

As part of Cape Town Tourism’s My Cape Town Weekend programme, and in celebration of Iziko Heritage Week (September 20 – 26, 2010), Cape Town’s Company’s Garden will be offering a series of special events on the long weekend of September 24 – 26, 2010.

My Cape Town Weekend in the Company’s Garden promises free entrance to most of the museums in and around the vicinity and means that families can truly explore Cape Town’s heritage – including the Slave Lodge, the SA National Gallery and SA Museum, the SA Jewish Museum and Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the Crypt Memory and Witness Centre at St George’s Cathedral.

But the centrepiece of the event is the Company’s Garden itself, which dates back to the 1650s and has played a big role in our cultural heritage, starting as the vegetable garden of the Dutch East India Company and now a favourite recreational space for locals and visitors alike.

The Company’s Garden is also a cultural hub, surrounded by the Labia Theatre, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town Hiddingh Campus, the National Library of South Africa and the Centre for the Book – all of which have special programmes running during the course of Iziko Heritage Week, as well as during Creative Week Cape Town (September 24 – October 3, 2010).

For more information on the full programme of events taking place during My Cape Town Weekend, visit

My Cape Town in the Company’s Garden event schedule:

September 24, 2010

  • 09h30 – 12h00: The 2010 Heritage Week Theme Debate: Rotary Students – South African Museum (SAM)
  • 11h00 – 16h00: “Diss da Art” – South African National Gallery (SANG)
  • 12h30 – 13h30: Performance: Ikapa Dance Theatre – SAM Amphitheatre
  • 13h00 – 13h30: Free film screening: Nadine Gordimer: On Being a Liberal White South African – SAM
  • 13h30 – 14h00: Free film screening: Gcina Mhlophe-Becker: Bring me a Story – SAM
  • 15h00 – 16h50: Free film screening: Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela – SAM
  • 12h00 – 13h00: Animations by City Varsity
  • 13h00 – 14h00: Guided tours with curators: “From Pierneef to Gugulective”  at SANG; “African Dinosaurs” at SAM; “Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman: Mandela” at the Slave Lodge
  • 13h00 – 14h30: Family treasure hunt – SAM
  • 17h00 – 20h00: Tribute to musical icons Brenda Fassie, Robbie Jansen, Miriam Makeba, and Taliep Peterson – SAM Amphitheatre
  • 18h30 – 19h30: Free planetarium show – SAM Planetarium
  • 19h30 – 20h00: Observation of the night sky with mobile telescopes – SAM Amphitheatre
  • 19h30 – 20h00: “Ukuktya Kweziko: Food as Living Cultural Heritage” – SAM Amphitheatre

September 24 – 25, 2010

10h00, 11h00 and 12h00: Tours of the historic St George’s Cathedral followed by a labyrinth experience – St George’s Cathedral

September 25, 2010

9h30 – 15h00: Public symposium: “Lest We Forget: A Commemoration of the Khoi-Almeida Confrontation of 1510” – SAM Rock Art Gallery

September 26, 2010

10h00 – 12h00: Solemn sung eucharist: Missa Secunda by Hans Leo Hassler, sung by the University Cathedral Singers and directed by David Orr – St George’s Cathedral

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