Heritage Month festivities unveiled

2011-08-23 00:00

THE Msunduzi Heritage Forum unveiled the festivities it is planning for Heritage Month at a media briefing held at Comrades House yesterday.

The events will take place throughout September.

Under the theme “Heritage Fever”, the celebrations will include multi-cultural cuisine, lectures, exhibitions and the popular Heritage Expo on September 24.

Said the Forum’s chairperson, Pieter Nel: “We are taking heritage to the people; that is why the expo will be at Liberty Midlands Mall where people will be shopping and getting their stuff for Braai Day.

“Heritage is not what happened 100 years ago … we want the youth to think about what heritage means to them today.

“We will be giving people advice about their family history and more.”

Kicking off the programme is a mini conference at the Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum on September 1. Senior rock art officer Celeste Rossouw said the theme will be “Preserving Culture in a Changing Society”.

“We want to engage with the community and hear their views when it comes to which sites should be identified as heritage sites,” Rossouw said.

“In a period of five years we are obligated to identify new types of heritage sites and these include battlefields and grave sites … and the public must be part of that.”

Other events planned are a story-telling competition at the Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum on September 2, the Macrorie House open day on September 11 and a PMB Heritage Society talk entitled “The Zulu Perspective of the Death of Piet Retief” by Professor Tony Cubbins on September 14.

Dr Mike O’Connor’s talk on the redbrick buildings of Pietermaritzburg takes place at Comrades House Hall on September 21. Another talk, “An Introduction to History”, takes place at the clubhouse at Natal Carbineers on September 25.

The festivities end on September 28 with a lunch featuring different traditional dishes at the Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum.

For more information visit the Msunduzi Heritage Forum Facebook page.

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