Celebrate Heritage Month in Nelson Mandela Bay

  • 17 September 2014 | By Thandiswa Mancoba

South Africa belongs to all its people and in September – Heritage Month – we are encouraged to celebrate our cultures, traditions and beliefs.

Not a single year goes by that Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas do not offer a wealth of music, art and celebrations. This year promises to be just as eventful.

Route 67, Port Elizabeth. 

Experience Eastern Cape talent and potential: Route 67 guided tour

Route 67 is aimed at celebrating the 67 years of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa. The guided tour will treat visitors to a viewing of 67 art pieces by talented Eastern Cape artists.

This experience is a combination of heritage, culture, art, entertainment and music.

Location: Campanile (next to the bus station), Port Elizabeth

Admission: Free

Call: 041 811 8200 for bookings

Time: Fridays at 1pm, 5 to 26 September

One of the vintage trains at the Old Railway Station Museum in Uitenhage.

Appreciate how far South African transport infrastructure has come: Old Railway Station Museum

South Africa has come a long way since the first steam-powered locomotives in the mid-1800s. Rail continues to be one of the most important transport options in South Africa, responsible for carrying thousands of people to work and school every day.

The Old Railway Station Museum in Uitenhage is one of the oldest railway stations in South Africa. Spend a few hours exploring how our forefathers and -mothers travelled, with vintage trains, coaches and furniture that will take you back more than 100 years.

Location: Market Road, Uitenhage

Admission: R5 per person

Time: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm

Jazz instrument. Photo courtesy of Basileia Gorgo

Feed your soul with music and poetry: Free city jazz and poetry

Nelson Mandela Bay will be alive with the sounds of jazz and poetry during Heritage Month. Expect performances from musicians like Asanda Mqiki, as well as collaborations by a number of other performers.

Location: Vuyisile Mini Square, Port Elizabeth

Admission: Free

Time: Fridays at 1pm-2pm – 12, 19 and 26 September

Whale skeleton at the Port Elizabeth Museum. Photo courtesy of G Bayliss

Go back in time and look towards the future: Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld

Port Elizabeth is the largest city in the Eastern Cape and has an extensive cultural history that goes back as far as the first Khoisan people in the Eastern Cape. The Port Elizabeth Museum offers both a cultural and natural history of South Africa, and its people.

Location: Bayworld, Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth

Admission: Adults - R35, Children - R25, Pensioners/Students - R30

Time: Monday to Sunday, 9am-4.30pm

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