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This Youth Day, Iziko is looking for a superhero!

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Join our free-to-enter Animal Power Superhero challenge and be exhibited on Iziko’s Virtual Museum

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Each year on June 16 – South Africans commemorate the 1976 youth uprisings, paying tribute to the learners and young people who stood up against the apartheid government. Youth Day serves as a reminder that young South Africans were at the forefront of the struggle for liberation; and while this day comes as a commemoration of and tribute to the youth of 1976 who protested against apartheid laws – today’s youth face complex challenges of unemployment, poverty, inequality, crime and, most recently, the various impacts of COVID-19. 

In celebration of Youth Day this year, Iziko Museums of South Africa is looking for a superhero! Do you ever dream about helping the world to become a better place? Find yourself fantasizing about protecting the public? Entertain the idea of fighting daily crime and stopping all evil? Now’s your chance to bring these dreams to life! 

Inspired by the online showcase, Looking A Head: Revisiting the Lydenburg Heads, the educational Animal Powers resource HERE and South Africa’s youth, create the superhero you’d like to see in the world. Iziko is inviting participants to submit either a digital or hand-drawn illustration of a South African youth superhero; selected participants will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the archaeology collection at the Iziko South African Museum*, and walk away with a professional illustration of their superhero as well as an online showcase of the superhero on the Iziko Virtual Museum. 

See Animal Power Superhero challenge brief, and details on how to enter, HERE

Youth Day serves as a reminder that young people were at the forefront of the struggle for liberation from apartheid, and emphasizes the important role youth continue to play in strengthening South Africa’s democracy. In celebrating, commemorating and connecting with young South Africans on Youth Day; and in acknowledging the many complex challenges today’s youth face, Iziko hopes this dialogue will inspire a truly South African youth superhero.

*Please note that the tour will only be able to take place in accordance with lockdown regulations, and is at the discretion of Iziko curators. Travel arrangements (costs) to Cape Town for participants from 1) other parts of South Africa and 2) the globe are to be borne by the participant. 

Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa
About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, 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 public benefit 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, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook (, Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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