To commemorate the abolition of slavery in the Cape in 1834, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM), Historium Trust and DAK Netwerk present an exciting picnic concert on Wednesday evening, 1 December 2021. On this occasion, they want to focus on the history of slaves, their descendants and cultural heritage (such as their role in the creation of Afrikaans) as well as modern slavery.
The artists include Marco Mentoor, Clarissa Benjamin, Diana Ferrus and The Rockets, and the proceeds will go to DAK Netwerk’s bursary fund for students. According to the ATM’s director, Michael Jonas, this event forms part of the institution’s vision to attract an inclusive audience and create an opportunity for local artists who could not work during the Covid-19 lockdown period. “With this we want to focus on the history of slaves and their descendants, something that is largely swept under the carpet in South Africa,” he says. “The picnic concert also offers visitors the opportunity to come and enjoy top entertainment in our intimate Garden Theatre in a beautiful, safe environment – where all Covid protocols are adhered to.”
The Rockets are more than just a group; they’re indeed a musical institution that successfully visit the Taalmonument nearly every year. They have travelled in excess of 3 million kilometres performing before millions of fans, and they continue to set both local and international stages alight with their colourful, uncompromising and energetic performances. The Paarl legend Marco Mentoor is regularly seen at the Taalmonument and has performed with Jonathan Butler, Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels, Elvis Blue and Jimmy Dludlu, among others. His talented fellow Paarlite, Clarissa Benjamin, has been singing since the age of 10 and is a skilled keyboard player that has performed with artists such as Crushanda Forbes, and shared the stage with Karen Kortjie, Emo Adams, Belinda Davids and many more. Ferrus is an award-winning writer, storyteller and founding member of the Afrikaanse Skrywersvereniging. She is best known for her 1998 poem about Saartjie Baartman, which eventually led to the repatriation of last-mentioned’s body from France to South Africa.
Guests can count on a beautiful sunset and the perfect picnic and kuiering spots at the monument, where temporary exhibits as well as an adventurous playground and outdoor games beckon. Plus, everyone can explore and admire this iconic monument to one of Africa’s youngest languages for free. Bring a picnic basket and drinks, blankets and pillows, and also remember warm clothes and a mask.
Admission is R50 per person and can be purchased in advance on Computicket. If any tickets are left, they will also be on sale on the evening itself. Gates open at 17:00, and the poetry performance and music take place between 18:00 and 20:30. For any inquiries contact Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More about DAK Netwerk, which focuses on the holistic development and growth of disadvantaged Afrikaans speakers, at daknetwerk.com.
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 AND LANGUAGE MUSEUM ARE OPEN TO VISITORS. Until 30 November 2021 they offer free entry for children under 18. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family (offered at a 20%-discount until 30 November), which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.