Parliament’s art and architecture speak to South Africa’s colonial history, mining prosperity, Apartheid and democracy. For this exclusive Culture Connect our, Lila Komnick is our host and guide. She has worked for Parliament for over three decades – starting as a Hansard reporter and, since it inception, the Artworks Office. She is joined by former MP Peter Soal. He will share memories of working in Parliament in the final days of Apartheid (he was part of the opposition). Kate Crane Briggs, Culture Connect’s founder, will be co-leading.
We will go inside the main assembly chambers (South Africa’s tricameral parliament of three legislative chambers was unique), walk the corridors of power and see behind the scenes, including the art store which has work ranging from a large print by William Kentridge to top portraitists of their day. We’ll also see the 120m long Keiskamma Tapestry telling the story of the Eastern Cape, including South Africa’s first democratic elections (see image below). This contrasts with the small Africana artworks, including South African animals now extinct by François Levaillant, the noted French ornithologist, author, explorer, naturalist and zoological collector.
Cost: R550 pre 23 Jan, then R700 includes lunch and info pack (tour only half price R275/R350)
A scan/photo of your ID/passport, plus ID/passport number, are needed a week in advance (deadline Fri, 31 Jan, 4pm)
Meeting point: Parliament’s Visitor Centre 120 Plein Street, Cape Town, 8000 (opposite Botha large horse bronze statue)
If you can’t make this date, Culture Connect can organise a private, bespoke tour for you, or, let you know when next public open one is scheduled.