Explore the Museums of Central Cape Town in a New Light, After Dark — Museum Night Cape Town returns for its 3rd edition on Thursday 20 April 2017
Museum Night has become a popular highlight on the Cape cultural programme. After a successful pilot edition in 2015 and an expanded, although windy, second edition in 2016, Museum Night returns for its third edition on Thursday 20 April 2017, from 5pm to 10pm.
On Museum Night, the public is invited to explore a walkable programme of ten museums in Cape Town’s central city until late at night, for free. Alongside the core programme of museums, visitors will also be able to enjoy a curated programme of performances, food trucks and music.
Participating museums include the Iziko South African National Gallery, District Six Museum, South African Jewish Museum, Iziko South African Museum, Iziko Slave Lodge, SA Sendinggestig Museum, Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Martin Melck House, and Muller’s Museum.
Attendees are encouraged to explore the programme online beforehand to pick somewhere to start. All museums will have print maps and programmes available to help attendees navigate the city and explore other museums that interest them. No tickets are required, although attendees require photo ID in order to access the SA Jewish Museum and Cape Town Holocaust Centre complex. With high attendance numbers anticipated, the organisers have advised that attendees should expect queues at some museums.
Museum Night is an initiative that aims to make the city’s cultural institutions more accessible, while developing local audiences for museums, and fostering higher engagement with art and culture. It is also a lively public experience that injects life into the city’s public spaces after hours. It is an incredibly unique opportunity to engage with local culture.
Museum Night is an initiative of Thursdays Projects, the team behind Cape Town’s popular First Thursdays, with Iziko Museums of South Africa as a founding partner.
The 2017 edition of Museum Night Cape Town has been made possible with the generous patronage of the Ackerman Family Foundation and Arup, with additional support from the City of Cape Town and the HCI Foundation. Museum Night has expanded beyond the central city to include an edition at the V&A Waterfront, the next edition of which is to take place on 28 June 2017. The organisers envision Museum Night growing to other South African cities, with a Johannesburg event in the pipeline.
More information about the event and the full programme will be available online in the week leading up to the event. Those interested can visit www.museum-night.co.za or the Museum Night Cape Town page on Facebook.
Issued by: Gareth Pearson, Museum Night programme coordinator, Thursdays Projects
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