Ed­u­ca­tion and her­itage to the fore at Mu­seum Night

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THE SE­COND Mu­seum Night took place in the city ear­lier this year and at the time Michael Tym­bios of Thursday Projects – the team be­hind First Thurs­days – promised this: “Mu­seum Night Cape Town is an an­nual event, but we plan to de­velop and grow the pro­gramme year on year. There are plans for other edi­tions in spe­cific ar­eas within the year, but noth­ing has been con­firmed yet.”

True to his word, the V&A Water­front will open its his­toric sites and other lo­ca­tions af­ter hours – and for free – on Thursday, July 14. Vis­i­tors can expect a cu­rated pro­gramme of ac­ti­va­tions, per­for­mances, food and other ex­pe­ri­ences de­signed to guide au­di­ences through his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant spa­ces and ex­hi­bi­tions, and high­light the V&A Water­front’s mu­se­ums and cul­tural as­sets. Printed guides to the evening’s ac­tiv­i­ties will be avail­able at each cul­tural stop, en­sur­ing vis­i­tors can make the most of the evening’s of­fer­ings.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing mu­se­ums in­clude the Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa at the Sch­eryn Pav­il­ion, Chavonnes Bat­tery Mu­seum, Iziko Mar­itime Cen­tre, the Robben Is­land Jetty Mu­seum, the Cape Town Diamond Mu­seum, the Golf Hall of Fame, and the Spring­bok Ex­pe­ri­ence Rugby Mu­seum.

Although the Zeitz Mu­seum is still un­der con­struc­tion, vis­i­tors will be able to learn more about the Thomas Heather­wick-de­signed build­ing and the in­sti­tu­tion at the Pav­il­ion, along with a pro­gramme spread around the V&A Water­front.

A one-hour pro­gramme of new me­dia works can be viewed at the am­phithe­atre, with a self-guided tour of pub­lic art­works be­gin­ning with the un­veil­ing of Kyle Mor­land’s False­work IV sculp­ture at 5pm.

The Water­shed will trans­form into a Cre­ative Ex­change from 6pm on­wards, with speed dat­ing-style skill shar­ing ses­sions, art in­stal­la­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions, and self­guided Meet- the- Maker pop- ups through­out the venue. At­ten­dees can en­joy mu­sic by DJ Waxon, and the Bring Your Own Beamer pro­jec­tion in­stal­la­tions. This in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised ex­hi­bi­tion sees mov­ing image artists in cities around the world bring­ing their work to a cen­tral lo­ca­tion in their city, and pro­vides free ex­hi­bi­tion space for those work­ing cre­atively in mov­ing images and videog­ra­phy.

Vis­i­tors will also be able to take in Cape Town’s marine as­sets dur­ing the evening, with a 50 per­cent discount on en­trance fees to the Two Ocean Aquarium from 5pm on­wards. Mu­se­ums will be open be­tween 5pm and 9pm.

www.mu­seum-night.co.za

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