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The Cape Town Festival will celebrate its 15th birthday this year with a Community Vibrations Concert on Human Rights Day, Friday 21 March, dedicated to the legacy of the late President Nelson Mandela and marking our country’s 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will commemorate the centenary of South Africa’s first house museum, offering free entry to Iziko Koopmans de–Wet House, on Monday, 10 March 2014. The house itself, originally built around 1700, still looks much the same today as it did then – a typical town house with symmetrical Neoclassical façade, and spacious rooms.
An exhibition of photographs, by George Hallett, will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 5 March 2014. Titled, George Hallett: A Nomad’s Harvest, the exhibition covers aspects of a career spanning more than half a century. The works on show are from the collection of George Hallett and augmented by a comprehensive display of biographical information, as well as, book and record covers designed by Hallett.
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Autograph ABP, will host the first retrospective museum exhibition in Africa of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photographs. The exhibition marks the 25thanniversary of the artist’s death, and opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 12 February 2014.
The SeaKeys Project is a large collaboration that aims to collate and increase marine biodiversity information and translate this information into products to support decision making and the development of new benefits for South African society. The project team includes more than 17 different organisations with researchers, post-graduate students, citizen scientists, marine managers and decision makers working together.
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host its annual Summer School from 1 February until 1 March 2014. Themed: “Museums and Democracy: celebrating our 20 years of democracy,” the programme takes us through different facets of our country’s celebrations and remembrances. The programme will also highlight aspects of World Design Capital 2014, celebrate International Mother Tongue Day, and reflect on 100 years post-World War I. The multi-faceted Summer School includes a series of public engagements, hands-on activities, film screenings, Iziko Mobile Museum outreach, and walkabouts.
As 2014 gets under way, Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Iziko Museums of South Africa, looks at the highlights and achievements of year that was. 2013 was a successful and productive year for Iziko, despite the hurdles that face those whose work is the preservation and showcasing of South Africa’s heritage to the public, and the education of our current and future generations. She thanks our partners and sponsors who share in our achievements for their generosity, and looks forward to fostering continued support in the year ahead
The Friends of the South African National Gallery will host a 2-day workshop (with optional 1 day attendance) on the work and influence of SA artist and educator Kevin Atkinson on the 2nd and 9th of February from 10h00 to 13h00.
In honour of the memory and legacy of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013)
Iziko Museums of South Africa will close the following museums on Sunday, 15 December 2013:
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), in collaboration with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF), will host a Youth Concert to commemorate World AIDS Day. The concert will take place at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM), 25 Queen Victoria street, Cape Town from 12:00 (noon) on on 30 November 2013.
The Craft of Ubuntuan exhibition of cross-cultural design and craft will be hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, from 3 to 7 December 2013. The exhibition reveals the processes and conversations that have emerged from the work of London-based designer Sarah Rhodes, Cape Town-based Andile Dyalvane from Imiso Ceramics and the women crafters of Kunye as they explore collaboration through making.
Explorers have been collecting specimens and documenting the diversity of life for centuries. These records are distributed across varied and distinct natural history collections worldwide. An estimated three billion or more specimens are held in natural history collections around the world. Museums that house these collections have often been viewed as places filled with dark rows of dust covered taxidermy and weird pickled “things”, haunted by necromaniacs interested only in dead material. A view illustrated by a famous British politician who, upon his visit to a natural history museum in London, once asked “Why do we need all these bloody mice?”.