Sat 30 Nov, 10am to 12:15pm with an optional lunch afterwards at 6 Spin St
Parliament’s art and architecture tell the story of colonial power, 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, radio presenter. 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.
The tour involves a fair bit of walking but is wheel chair friendly.
Cost: R550 pay pre 18 Nov, then R700 includes lunch and info pack (tour only half price R275/R350)
Booking essential as the group will be small and a scan/photo of your ID/passport, plus ID/passport number, are needed a week in advance (deadline Fri 22 Nov, 4pm)
Meeting point: 120 Plein Street (opposite the small Nannucci branch), Cape Town, 8000
If you can’t make this date, please let us know as Culture Connect can organise a private, bespoke tour for you, or, let you know when next public open one is scheduled.