Free Entry on Human Rights Day

  • Posted: Mar 20, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating Human Rights Day by offering *free entry for all (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium)on 21 March 2013. Join Iziko and the Cape Town Festival in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum, from 11:00 for performances by Rebirth, Alen the Singing Car Guard, Gugulethu Tenors, Chad Saaiman, and many more.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home; a place associated with warmth, kinship and ancestral spirits. Similarly, the museums that make up Iziko are spaces for cultural interaction where knowledge is shared, stories told and experiences enjoyed.  “Museums are relevant and inclusive places where people can explore our collective heritage, historic and artistic landscape,” says Rooksana Omar, CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa.  Visit Iziko Museums on Human Rights Day and explore our museums, each with their own history and character, reflective of our diverse African heritage.

TheIziko South African Museum offers visitors a better understanding of the constantly evolving universe.  The Iziko Slave Lodge Museum is a space that connects us to our slave roots and raises awareness of issues of human rights, equality and justice. The Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum showcasing artefacts, contemporary and historic photographs and art, reflective of this historically rich and vibrant area, promises to offer a unique and memorable Cape experience. Art lovers are invited to explore the intriguing exhibitions at the Iziko South African National Gallery or view the Michaelis Collection, Cape Town’s famous collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Iziko Old Town House.

Celebrate our cultural heritage with Iziko Museums this Human Rights Day!

Human Rights Day Programme




11h00 to 11h30



11h30 to 12h30

Community Artists


12h30 to 13h00

Chad Saaiman


13h00 to 13h30

Gugulethu Tenors


13h30 to 14h45

Cape Cultural Collective


14h45 to 15h30


National, Provincial and Local Government representatives,

plus dedications by religious leaders: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and African Traditional

15h30 to 15h45

Alen the Singing Car Guard


15h45 to 16h15

Karin Kortje


16h15 to 17h00

The Black Ties


17h00 to 17h15


African / Hip hop

17h15 to 18h00

Tucan Tucan


18h00 to 18h15


Hip hop

18h15 to 19h00

Glenn Robertson Jazz Band




Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).


  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 18 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 21-27 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
            o   Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, free only on International Museum Day and Heritage Day 

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