Despite COVID-19 lockdown regulations, 27 April 2021 will see South Africans getting ready to commemorate the nation’s first democratic post-apartheid elections and its citizen’s right to freedom of movement and speech.

A wise man once said, “For to be free is not to merely cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” That man was the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who led South Africa into a new era of democracy and freedom.

Zeitz MOCAA’s April line-up of free programming that allows for all citizens to have access to the arts is a testament to the struggles of Mandela and his comrades.

The new opening hours are Thursday through Sunday and even though the Zeitz can no longer accommodate Africa Wednesdays, visitors are still able to enjoy free entry to the museum on their birthday (or any day during your birthday month) with the presentation of a valid South African ID or African passport.

Since mid-March, Zeitz MOCAA has been able to welcome up to 100 visitors at any one time to the museum. And while there’s still plenty to see in the galleries, there’s also online programming allowing you to take a deep dive into the themes prevalent in current exhibitions.

From  20 April to 2 May, children can engage in the creative possibilities of easel painting and drawing. The CFAE space will be transformed into a traditional studio with activities incorporating the use of the portable easel.

Themes that will be explored include flowers, foliage and flora; a still life of sweets; reproduction of famous artworks; and decorating a clock to help children learn about time.

Visit https://zeitzmocaa.museum for more information, to purchase tickets, shop or become a member.