#LoveSA: Iziko Museum's In_Herit Festival open to all

2017-09-05 07:13 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Commemorating Heritage Month, Iziko Museum kicks off its 10th installment of the "In_Herit" Festival that will afford South Africans free access from 18 to 24 September, depending on selected museums. 

In partnership with the HCI Foundation and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), the week of fun-filled family edu-tainment is said to provide visitors the opportunity to discover and explore the museums with a series of walkabouts, an exhibition opening, public discussions, and guided tours offering insight into the diverse and dynamic cultural, natural and artistic heritage. 

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“Museums play an integral role in the collection and preservation of historical artefacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, and scientific significance," says Iziko Acting CEO, Bongani Ndhlovu. "Heritage Month speaks of the core to what the organisation does.  For decades, our museums have been collecting, conserving, curating and, through our education and public programmes, connecting the public and communities with our collections, exhibitions, and research.” 

Added to this, the Iziko Mobile Museum, #MuseumWithoutWalls will also extend the footprint of the museum by embarking on a week-long outreach programme, visiting communities who traditionally cannot access the museum sites. 

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HCI Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Corinne Abel says the Foundation supports education at all level. 

"We believe that the role played by arts, culture and science is crucial to education in its broadest sense, and we have therefore been the principal funder for this event over the past 3 years," says Abel. "Our contribution has enabled further funding, via Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), to become available for this annual event, which gives individuals, families, and communities the opportunity to experience South Africa’s diverse histories, and promotes respect for our cultural, natural and artistic heritage." 

Showing nothing less than gratitude, BASA says it once again proud to be associated with Iziko Museums of South Africa's "in_herit" programme. 

"We feel that this is a programme that increases access to the arts to a diverse group of people, as this contributes to stimulating dialogue in society, which in turn helps us learn more about each other and the communities we live in," says  BASA

A host of activities and events have been arranged by Iziko’s Education department. The jam packed Heritage Week programme is a celebration of the diversity and South African heritage.

From 18-22 September

Gain free access to behind-the-scenes tours.
Explore the Discovery Room and see interesting artifacts or learn about traditional head gear and the ancient technologies used by early humans. 
Public seminars – "Challenges associated with the mobilisation of data for hyper-diverse invertebrate groups: Assessing species richness of one of Africa’s most diverse insect families (Ichneumonidae, Hymenoptera)" will be presented by Simon van Noort on 19 September at 11:00.
On Wednesday, 20 September, “Our Museums, Your Museums – the Future” will take place on 20 September at 18:00.  Presenters include Sam Longford (UWC PhD candidate), Wandile Kasibe (UCT PhD candidate) and Ron Martin (heritage consultant and activist).
Both seminars will take place in the in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre at the ISAM.
Thursday, 21 September sees the exciting opening of cartoonist Derek Bauer’s exhibition, “Alternative Press” at the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Bauer is known for his provocative cartoons depicting South Africa in the 1980s. The event is open to the public and starts at 17:30.

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Saturday, 23 September

Experience traditional dance performances, do crossword puzzle activities and art making, or join a walkabout tour at the Iziko Slave Lodge or National Gallery. See wonderful marine life, on display and see what our Discovery Room has to offer.
Juniors and teens can test their excavation skills and are invited to participate in our Palaeo hunts (limited space is available RSVP Zaituna Skosan by 20 September at zskosan@iziko.org.za).
The interactive exhibition “Life in the Dark” provides visitors with the opportunity to experience and develop an appreciation for museum specimens. Through braille labels, touch and sound the exhibition raises awareness around the challenges faced by the visually impaired.

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Heritage Day, 24 September

South Africa is a melting pot of culture and diversity. The need to celebrate our diversity as a ‘Rainbow Nation’ brought about Heritage Day, which was first celebrated in 1995.
Entry to the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is half price. Visitors are invited to come early and collect tickets for the shows.
Marimba bands and a family treasure hunt will take place at the ISAM starting at 10:00. The Iziko Slave Lodge and Bo-Kaap museums will especially be open (normally closed on Sundays) on Heritage Day and visitors are invited to explore exhibitions at either museum where curators will take you on “Slavery Journeys” or “Get talking about the history of Bo-Kaap”.
Those wanting to visit Groot Constantia are invited to join in an adrenalin chased “Amazing Race” (email hayleyhayes@mweb.co.za for further information).

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NOTE: This is an outing for the whole family, so bring your friends along too.

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