Iziko Museums from 19 – 25 September 2011
Heritage Week (19-25 September) is an exciting time at Iziko Museums. ‘See things differently’ and gain fresh perspective on our diverse cultural heritage. The national Heritage Week theme: “Celebrating Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa”, has informed the creation of a dynamic and multifaceted programme.
SkySkan, global leaders in digital planetarium technology, will be hosted by the Iziko Planetarium from 3 – 11 September 2011. The Iziko Planetarium and SkySkan will offer audiences the unique opportunity to experience fully immersive full-dome planetarium presentations. Multiple-projector video projections seamlessly blend together animations, images and composite environments to create a full-dome image that completely covers the hemispherical projection surface.
A presentation by Iziko Museums, Curator of Entomology, Dr. Simon Van Noort, will precede the opening of the exhibition, ‘Wonderful world of wasps’ at the Iziko South African Museum on 27 August 2011. The exhibition, based on his research, includes over 100 photographs illustrating the spectacular diversity of form, colour and biology present in this group of ecologically and economically important insects.
Iziko Social History presents, ‘Sounds and Silences of a San Archive,’ an exhibition at the Iziko Bertram House in celebration of the centenary of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd’s landmark publication “Specimens of Bushman folklore”.
Siliva Zulu,’ an exhibition of black and white photographs taken by controversial Italian anthropologist Lidio Cipriani (1892-1962) will open at the Iziko Slave Lodge from 15 August 2011 until 30 April 2012.
The nagtroepe (Malay choirs), christmas bands and klopse are an inherent Cape tradition. The exhibition ‘Ghoema & Glitter: New Year Carnival in Cape Town,’ at the Iziko Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope, concludes on 31 July 2011.
On a clear night, can one really see forever? Apparently not, according to the new Iziko Planetarium show "Living inside the cosmic egg" which opens on 1 August and runs until year-end. The show describes an opaque 'wall' which surrounds the observable universe. Within the confines of this wall exist billions of galaxies, each galaxy a gigantic city of stars, each star probably having its own solar system.
'Art from Rorke's Drift', currently on view at Iziko South African National Gallery, highlights the vital role played by this art centre for black artists during the mid-1960s, when Apartheid and the denial of black rights was at its height.
On Tuesday, 31 July at 19:00, you can come face-to-face with the hazards of mountain rescue when Dr Rik de Decker presents a discussion on this altruistic pursuit. Rik, a medical doctor who "plays in the mountains" is often to be found in his favourite habitat, not only playing, but "helping others who have gotten themselves into trouble in the mountains".
More than just a modern-day problem, climate change is an ongoing, natural phenomenon. Discover more about the climatic effects of interacting natural forces when palaeontologist, Dr Roger Smith, of Iziko Museums, discusses "The fossil record of climate change" on Monday, 30 July at 18:00 at the Iziko South African Museum.
See museum exhibits come to life at the Iziko South African Museum when a free film screening of “Night at the Museum” takes place in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre on Friday, 20 July, at 13:00. The story follows the high jinks of museum displays, including a waxwork Attila the Hun and a playful two-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex, who come to life and give museum guard Larry; already somewhat down and out – a wild run-around. The event forms part of Iziko Museums' Winter Public Programme.
Faried Basier, of Iziko Museums, conducts one of his popular walkabouts of the Bo-Kaap area on Saturday, 28 July from 09:30-12:30. Presented as part of Iziko's Winter Public Programme, the walkabout focuses on architecture, including the oldest mosque, as well as noteworthy sites such as the first house and farmhouse in Bo-Kaap, Schotscheskloof Flats and the Tana Baru, the Cape's oldest Muslim graveyard and final resting place of some of the founders of the Cape's Islamic community.