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The Norval Foundation, Image: Adam Letch

Every year Heritage Day celebrations get bigger and more diverse. This year there is so much to see and do, so we’re rounded up a few of our favourite events.

Cape Town

The fair Cape’s cultural institutions are throwing open their doors this weekend and welcoming visitors to discover art and the social and natural history of our country – all for free.

Iziko Museums is hosting their annual in_herit Festival of Heritage with free entrance to the following museums from September 24 – 30: South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Slave Lodge, Bo-Kaap Museum, Koopmans-De Wet House, Maritime Centre and Rust & Vreugd. On Heritage Day they will also be hosting a range of activities across their various site including guided tours, workshops, talks and exhibition openings. Visit the Iziko Museums website for a full outline.

Norval Foundation are offering free admission on Heritage Day and in celebration of the first Heritage Day in 1996, their General Membership will only cost R199,60 on the day. While you are there be sure to see Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi exhibition.

Explore the artwork of the African diaspora at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art which is also offering free admission on Heritage Day. The holiday also coincides with their one-year anniversary.


The Durban Art Gallery (DAG) hosts the exhibition Imbizo Ka Mafavuke and other Plant Stories curated by Russel Hlongwane and featuring artist Uriel Orlow. The exhibit explores  questions around botanical nationalism and other legacies of colonialism, plant migration and invasion, biopiracy, flower diplomacy during apartheid, the garden planted by Nelson Mandela and his fellow inmates on Robben Island prison, as well as the role of classification and naming of plants. On until October 28.

Port Elizabeth

On September 27, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (NMMAM) is hosting a chic gala fundraiser, with all proceeds going towards acquisitions of works by Eastern Cape artists to bolster its collection. Sponsored by The Mantis Collection, the event – which includes a fashion show and dinner – also officially opens a new fashion heritage-themed exhibition of art, craft and design juxtaposing Southern Nguni beadwork and attire with modern work by the likes of Nandipha Mntambo and MaXhosa by Laduma. Book for the exclusive dinner and fashion show through


Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and spa in Sandton are hosting the Heritage Day in Bloom picnic. You are invited to embrace your heritage by dressing to impress. For reservations and menu contact: