Freedom Day at District Six Museum

27 April 2018

Join us as we mark this important milestone date in our country’s history. On this day a number of questions come to mind:

  • What is the state of freedom in our country? To what extent do YOU feel free?
  • What has helped YOU to express and exercise your freedom?
  • What do we need to do to ensure that the hard-won freedoms are guaranteed for ourselves and future generations?
  • What role does REMEMBERING the past play in the protection of our freedoms?

The South African History Online (2009) site calls our attention to the following:

“It is important to note however, that “freedom” should mean emancipation from poverty, unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. We are 15 years into our new democracy and many of these issues are still rife in our country. We are still a long way away from solving many of the legacies of Apartheid and now face new challenges, like the growing inequality among South Africans and political and economic instability in the region caused by a new elite who are interested in pursuing their own interests.

Freedom Day therefore serves as a reminder to us that the guarantee of our freedom requires us to remain permanently vigilant against corruption and the erosion of the values of the Freedom Struggle and to build an active citizenry that will work towards wiping out the legacy of racism, inequality and the promotion of the rights embodied in our constitution.”

The District Six Museum invites you to join in the public programme on this day, Friday 27 April. The Museum itself will be open to the public from 9h00 to 16h00, with no entrance fees being charged for South African families who choose to celebrate Freedom Day by visiting the Museum.

The programme at the Museum’s Homecoming Centre starts at 12h00 and ends at 16h00. There are 2 parts to the programme:

12h00              Film screening (title to be announced)

14h30              Site walks with storytellers

Light refreshments will be served between these two parts of the programme.

(You are encouraged to bring your own drinking water if you are in a position to do so, in order to help the Museum to reduce its water usage.)

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