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.
Visit the picturesque De Grendel Estate in Tygerberg and enjoy a restorative day of wine-tasting, tranquillity and Mother City views. Hosted by the Friends of the Michaelis Collection, the wine-tasting event takes place at noon on 27 July and is free of charge. Numbers are limited and early booking is essential.
Following an enthusiastic response to his earlier lecture series, art lecturer and historian, Lloyd Pollak, will present an informative new four-part lecture series on Post-Impressionism. Hosted by Friends of the South African National Gallery, lectures take place at 17:30 over four Wednesday evenings at Iziko South African Museum. Entry is R40 per lecture or R120 per series for Friends, or R50 per lecture and R160 per series for guests
As part of Iziko's Winter Public Programme, audiences can enjoy a 'conversation' with irrepressible cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, a.k.a. Zapiro, at 18:00 on 26 July in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum.
On 19 July at 17:30, Iziko Museums will host a free walkabout by visiting curator Patrick Murphy of an exhibition of contemporary Irish art. The exhibition runs until 30 September at Iziko South African National Gallery. Organised by the Royal Hibernian Society and supported by Culture Ireland, "Singing the Real" marks the beginning of a cultural exchange between Ireland and South Africa.
An exhibition making programme began on Saturday 11 June dealing with the theme of stereotyping and restoring memories using the photographic exhibitions of :
The Indian in Drum Magazine In The 1950sand Ranjith Kally: Through the Lens of Durban's Veteran Photographer.
The Iziko Planetarium situated alongside the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town has been in operation since October 1987. It is, however, interesting to note that the present facility is not the first planetarium theatre that was housed at the South African Museum and that the first planetarium on the site was in fact opened in 1958.