Enchanting last Full Moon Picnic at Taalmonument

As the summer draws to a close, Capetonians and visitors can take a closer look at the full moon during a glorious evening on the beautiful Paarl Mountain. One and all are invited to join the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s (ATM’s) friendly staff for the last time to celebrate this natural phenomenon on Friday, 18 March 2022.

In support of the Centre for Astronomical Heritage’s project to promote indigenous names for full moons in Southern Africa, this picnic is dedicated to the Harvest Moon. During March the harvesting of various summer grains is in full swing in the country. During this time, summer grains were also harvested by indigenous people in a fairly large portion of pre-colonial South Africa, long before any of the other, newer crops were introduced.

The picnics are very popular with local residents and tourists alike, who especially enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes. Guests can come anytime between 17:00 and 22:00, and have a look at the monument that is an exceptional, symbol-rich sculpture. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the gardens and temporary exhibitions; there are outdoor games and playgrounds for children.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics and drinks (no glass) or to order picnic baskets in advance at the ATM Koffiehuis via 082 216 2510 or info@atmkoffiehuis.co.za – this coffee shop will also sell refreshments during the event. Dress warmly and bring a torch, and a mask. See taalmuseum.co.za/covid-19/ for the specific protocols.

Tickets are R40 per adult, R10 for SA students, R5 for children, and free for children under 6 years and holders of annual permits. They are available from Computicket or at the gate, and no booking is required. The evenings are held in aid of ‘Let’s Read!’, the Language Museum’s literacy project for children, and visitors are encouraged to donate a new or second-hand children’s book. More on the Centre for Astronomical Heritage at https://cfah.org.za.

For more information on all the other exciting events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument, call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also many resources for school and research projects. THE LANGUAGE MONUMENT, LANGUAGE MUSEUM AND COFFEE SHOP ARE OPEN TO VISITORS. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.