Reflect on our shared cultural heritage

Heritage Day. M. Burger (24 September 20)

Join Iziko Museums of South Africa and partners for the in_herit FESTIVAL 2021!

This year, join Iziko Museums online and on site for the annual in_herit FESTIVAL 2021 – a dynamic cultural programme and Heritage Day celebration from 20 – 26 September!

Working in close collaboration with the University of the Western Cape, the Pan South African Language Board, SupuSupu Khoi Language Project, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Western Cape Language Committee, Afrikaanse Taalraad, Swahili Language Board of Southern Africa, National Library of South Africa’s Centre for the Book, the Indigenous Languages Forum (ILAF), the Constantia Heritage and Education Project, HCI Community Transport Programme, the Groot Constantia Trust, City of Cape Town Libraries, the Rainbow Academy, Carmen Stevens Winery, Christel House, the South African Faith and Family Institute, and Deaf SA, Iziko Museums has developed a multifaceted and fascinating programme in celebration of South Africa’s diverse and shared heritage.

September comes as one of the most exciting months in South Africa’s calendar, as it is the period when we celebrate our country’s diverse cultural heritage and identities. To create a conducive space for the celebration of this heritage, Iziko Museums’ in_herit FESTIVAL 2021 offers a diverse range of activities that seek to cater for a diverse audience and ‘publics’. These events range from virtual public conversations on topical issues, traditional dance performances, exhibitions, outreach activities, a slavery walk, behind-the-scenes tours, workshops, pre-recorded talks, planetarium shows, jazz performances, youth poetry reading sessions, various displays and many more.

The in_herit FESTIVAL programme and event details will be available online HERE. Throughout this uncertain period, Iziko has been online and working to showcase our unique work and collections on the website. Visit to explore all that we have on offer, and plan your visit to Iziko Museums of South Africa HERE. Make sure to also like, follow and share our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok!

We invite communities and various sectors of society to participate and become a part of the celebration of our heritage. Please note that all events will take place under strict Covid-19 regulations.

As we reflect on the significance of our shared cultural heritage in nation building and the fostering of social cohesion, we remember the words of the founding father of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who once said, “Our rich and varied cultural heritage has profound power to help build our nation”. We also pay special tribute to families and friends who have lost loved ones due to Covid-19, and call on everyone to receive their vaccination and continue to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols.

For more information on the in_herit FESTIVAL, please contact Dr Wandile Goozen Kasibe on 021 481 3804/13 or e-mail The programme will be uploaded to the Iziko website soon.

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

Ellen Agnew
Iziko Museums of South Africa