International Museum Day (#IMD2019) takes place on 18 May 2019. Join the City of Cape Town for events in Langa and Bellville to celebrate IMD2019 and Museum Month.
About International Museum Day
International Museum Day is a global celebration that takes place annually on 18 May. ‘The main aim of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of museums and their importance in cultural exchange, cultural enrichment and the development of mutual understanding and cooperation. This commemorative day serves as a platform for raising public awareness on the role museums play in the improvement of society on an international level,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.
This year’s theme is Museums as cultural hubs: The future of tradition. ‘The role of museums is changing and they have to become more interactive, mobile, audience-focused, community-oriented and flexible. Museums today have become cultural hubs where history and creativity meet knowledge. Importantly, museums also have to preserve their main mission which is to collect, conserve and exhibit history,’ said Councillor Badroodien.
Join IMD2019 events in Cape Town
The City’s Arts and Culture Branch will celebrate with two special events:
The first event is on Friday 17 May at the Guga S’thebe Cultural Centre in Langa. It entails the handover of a new exhibition to the Old Langa Post Office by the South African Post Office. This exhibition reflects the history of the Langa Post Office and the wider history of the SAPO. The SAPO has a footprint of 1 500 branches across the country.
The second event takes place on Thursday 30 May at the Art Gallery in the Bellville Library and will include music and guest speakers.
‘I encourage residents to visit our historic spaces and especially the museums. Our history is a mixture of pain and joy. Therefore, we must preserve it so that our future generations can learn from all of the facets of our history,’ said Councillor Badroodien.