In honour of International Museum Day on 18 May 2022, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) will present a fascinating free programme on Saturday, 21 May, in the centre of Paarl. With guided tours, unique riel dance performances, a market as well as children’s entertainment and photo opportunities, the day promises not only fun, but also the chance to learn more about the comprehensive history of Afrikaans and the historical Taalmuseum. On 28 May, a panel discussion will take place to further commemorate this day.
The International Museum Council (ICOM) has been celebrating International Museum Day since 1977, during which museums around the world on or around 18 May use the opportunity to express a specific theme in creative ways and through special activities. This year’s theme is “The power of museums” that highlights the potential of museums to bring about positive change in their communities. Sustainability as part of the United Nations’ development goals, the power of innovating on digitalisation and access, as well as the potential to help build stronger communities through education are the three focal points for this year.
To give practical expression to this, the ATM sponsors the transport and meals for a group of seniors from Sunfield, Wellington, and free admission to all, as far as time and space allow. The event is from 09:00 to 13:00 at 11 Pastorie Avenue; free guided tours will take place between 11:00 and 13:00. During this time, visitors will learn more about the history of the house, the Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaners, Arabic-Afrikaans and the development of the language, from way back to the future.
Outside, a jumping castle will entertain the children and a market will provide visitors with food and drinks; curios will also be on sale. In addition, a large photo frame will stand in front of the museum where people can have photos taken of themselves and receive it immediately for only R30.
To further celebrate International Museum Day, a free panel discussion will also be held on 28 May 2022 where the meaning of museums and institutions’ name changes will be examined. This event from 09:00 to 13:00 is also free and visitors will also be treated to snacks, drinks and lunch. Prospective guests must book in advance via 021 872 3441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The participants and other details will soon appear on the website and social media. In the meantime, see icom.museum/en/ for more on ICOM.
For more information on all the other exciting events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument, call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit www.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 only R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.