Constitution Hill hosting heritage celebrations

Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill will host a range of activities from 21 – 23 September 2012 to celebrate South Africa’s heritage.

Constitution Hill serves as a beacon for Democracy, Human Rights and Constitutionalism. It is a place where stories and memories are preserved with a view to building from the past, to create the future.

There will be a range of activities focused on using music, dance, dialogue, story-telling circles and South African indigenous food and drink displays to celebrate South African heritage and culture while taking stock of challenges we face as a nation.

The festivities at Constitution Hill are being hosted in partnership with The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, the City of Joburg, The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) and United National Breweries.

This initiative seeks to create a space for the public to engage, participate and celebrate, while providing a platform to reflect on how far South Africans have come and most importantly, to learn from each other.

Amongst other activities, a poetry session with Natalia Molebatsi and Mac Manaka is scheduled for Saturday 22 September at 11h45 and aims to give young people a platform to engage in issues of human rights, to empower young people with the necessary skills to engage with issues of constitutionalism. Ultimately, the idea is to empower and inform them on issues of democracy and human rights. There will be an opportunity to engage in dialogue on the challenges of preserving heritage and culture.

There will also be a crafts market where crafters from in and around Hillbrow will display their products.

Constitution Hill aims to create an environment of cultural exchange and reinforce the value of supporting locally produced products. There will also be a number of cultural music and dance performances.

A number of schools from Alexandra, Soweto and the Vaal Triangle will engage in a National Symbol session. The learners will also be given an opportunity to use art to depict these symbols.

The official opening of the event takes place on 21 September, to which ex political prisoners are also invited.

On 22 September Constitution Hill will be formally declared as a protected site. This will be marked by cultural performances, food displays and an engaging colloquium themed “Navigating the Historical Significance of Constitution Hill in the Post-Apartheid South Africa and the Role of Heroes and Heroines in the South African Liberation struggle”. On 23 September, an interfaith session will be held in memory of the cultural and religious heroes and heroines in the liberation struggle. This session will include prayers, a candle lighting ceremony and an interfaith religious dialogue to close off the Constitution Hill Heritage Celebration.

Petal Thring, Constitution Hill CEO, says that this weekend’s heritage celebration will make a contribution to, preserving South African heritage and culture and that it will play a role in helping to uplift the Hillbrow community.

For more information go to www.constitutionhill.org.za, call 011 381 3100 or email info@constitutionhill.org.za

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