By Julia Rowley
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 9 of VARSITY News.
24 September is Heritage Day, a holiday we use to honour our diverse cultures and traditions. Whether it’s celebrating South African art, immersing ourselves in the history of our country, or spending time appreciating the beautiful sights that our nature parks have to offer. These five activities are great ways to celebrate Heritage Day:
- Zeitz Mocaa, V&A Waterfront
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a non-profit contemporary art museum which collects and showcases contemporary art from all over Africa and the diaspora. There are multiple installations spread over several floors and it is a must-see (even for art amateurs!) Zeitz also has a bar and restaurant with gorgeous views of the V&A Waterfront. Entrance is free on Heritage Day and is open from 10am- 6pm.
- Iziko South African Museum, Gardens
Like Zeitz, the Iziko South African Museum is offering free entry on Heritage Day (and half-priced entrance to the Planetarium). The museum has a wide range of exhibitions – from fossils, marine creatures and the wreck of a Portuguese slave ship. There is something of interest for everyone. Visiting the South African Museum is the perfect way to learn about our heritage, as their exhibitions include evolutionary times and the beginning of human development. Iziko South African Museum is open from 9am – 5pm.
- Bo Kaap Museum, Bo Kaap
Bo Kaap is an area in Cape Town known for its colourful houses and equally colourful history. The Iziko Bo Kaap Museum is situated in one of the oldest houses in the area, dating back to the mid-1700s. During apartheid, the Bo Kaap was declared a Muslim area and thus, the museum focuses on local Islamic history and culture. Entrance to the Bo Kaap Museum is free on Heritage Day and is open between 9am-4pm.
- District Six Museum, Zonnebloem
In 1966, District Six was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act and more than 60 000 people were forcibly removed, and their homes flattened by bulldozers. The District Six Museum educates people about this history and celebrates the resilience and diversity of what was the District Six community. The museum is offering free entrance on Heritage Day and is open from 10:30am – 1:30pm.
- West Coast National Park, Yzerfontein and Langebaan
In time for Heritage Month, West Coast National Park is offering free entry between the 8th and 15th September. The park is known for its picturesque views of the Langebaan Lagoon and visitors can snorkel or fish in the clear waters. Additionally, you can enjoy bright flowers that are at their peak during September. Colour patterns change from one week to the next as new varieties of daisies and sporries pop up, and is one of the best places to see these spring flowers.