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Things to do on Human Rights Day

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Zelmarie Goosen | 20 March 2015

Human Rights Day is a day to celebrate equality and the sacrifices that were made so that South Africans of all race, culture and ethnicity can live together as one. It’s a public holiday, sure, and there are sure to be some great parties out there – but here are a few things you can go to in order to celebrate the day a little differently:

From the Government: The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa in partnership with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services will lead and coordinate the main on Saturday. It starts at 09:00 at the Rosedale Field, Kwalanga, Uitenhage. According to the government’s website, the choice of location is to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Uitenhage Massacre that took place in Uitenhage on 21 March 1985 and, at the same time, popularize the national significance of the day to all citizens of the country. The theme for this year is “Celebrating The Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights For All”.

The Cape Town Festival: In Cape Town, the Cape Town Festival is celebrating Human Rights Day with free concerts and shows in Cape Town’s CBD. The festival aims to promote tolerance and understanding among diverse communities while empowering these districts and creating a platform for emerging talent. Hosted on the sprawling lawns of the Company’s Gardens in association with Iziko Museum – entry to the museum is free on the day – there’s more than enough space to accommodate attendees, a food market, various arts and crafts stalls and a kiddies area. The line-up is: Jonathan Rubain, Demi Lee, Youngsta, Bliksemstraal, N2 and Donveno Prins.

Ubuntu Festival: ‘A person is a person because of other people’ is what this festival wants to bring to South Africa’s attention. Held at Maynardville, the afternoon supports the Amy Biehl Foundation, a non-profit organisation that develops programmes to empower youth in vulnerable communities, and features none other than South African superstars Mi Casa and local heartthrob Chad Saaiman.  Youth dancers, food trucks and special children’s activities support the big musical names, and everyone, from the greyest granny to the surliest teen, can expect a fun cultural fiesta. Gates open at 11am and Mi Casa is on the bill for 3:45pm.

Johannesburg City Sightseeing Red Bus: The City Sightseeing busses will celebrate Human Rights Day by taking you on the 1 day bus tour and Soweto Combo, to see the Chancellor House, Constitution Hill, and the Apartheid Museum. You can also get off at the Hector Peterson memorial in Orlando West and learn about June 16, 1976. The tour ends at the Kliptown Open Air museum in Walter Sisulu Square. Prices for 1 day are R370 and for 2 days are R470.

Right2Know Protest Rally: The R2K campaign will protest against police brutality on Saturday at the Johannesburg Central Police Station. In an official statement on their website they said: “The Right2Know Campaign is both saddened and outraged at the increasing incidences of protesters being harassed and killed by the police. The police killings of protesters around the country are a symptom of the growing attacks on the right to protest in South Africa, fuelled by the militarisation of the police and criminalisation of protest.” The protest is set to start at 10:30, and the campaign will lay headstones at the police station to commemorate the people who have been killed by police.

KZN Philharmonic: At 6pm on Saturday at Durban City Hall, the KZN Philharmonic in association with eThekwini Municipality and Sister Choirs Project will present a Human Rights Day Choral Extravaganza. It’s a concert in the theme of choral works. Tickets wil cost you R60.

Alliance Francaise de Durban: A family day and evening celebrating diversity and tolerance on the bi-national occasion of Human Rights Day and the Francophone Week. Bringing together people from all walks of life in Durban, transcending all cultures, generations and communities. Entrance is completely free at Sutton Park, Morningside and it starts at 12:00.

The original story is on: http://connect.citizen.co.za/3065/things-to-do-on-human-rights-day/

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