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THE LONG MARCH TO FREEDOM IS COMING TO CENTURY CITY

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Date 26 October 2019
External Link The National Heritage Museum

PRESS RELEASE


THE LONG MARCH TO FREEDOM IS COMING TO CENTURY CITY

The Long March to Freedom, a monumental procession of 100 life-size bronze statues and the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world, opens to the public at Century City, Cape Town, on 15 November 2019. The individual bronze artworks depict South African and international icons, some famous and others unknown, and tell the story of South Africa’s 350 year struggle for freedom and democracy.

The Long March to Freedom is a one-of-a-kind concept. A tour through the procession is an immersive and moving experience as visitors connect with the lives of the persons so vividly created in bronze. From the Khoi leaders of the 1600’s, Doman and Autshumato, Louis van Mauritious and the Stuurman Brothers; to proud Xhosa and Zulu Kings, Maqoma, Shaka and Dingaan; to the men and women who led the struggle through the dark apartheid years, Helen Suzman, Oliver Tambo, Albert Luthuli, and to international leaders such as Heile Selassi and Martin Luther King Jnr, the procession is a sweeping narrative statement of South African pride in the country’s diverse history and cultures.

The bronze artworks themselves are created by an all-South African team of artists and trainees, foundries, historians and other experts. The quality and visual appeal of these statues and the minute attention to detail are as absorbing as the inspiring stories of the individuals. Over the past 9 years, since the project’s inception, the Long March to Freedom has enriched the lives of many 1000’s of people, from those who worked or were trained on the project, to the school children who have never before had the opportunity to fully experience their own history and heritage, and the domestic and foreign tourists who laud the Long March to Freedom as one of South Africa’s most exciting heritage attractions.

The Long March to Freedom is developed, owned and operated by the National Heritage Project Non-Profit Company. It has previously been exhibited at locations in Gauteng and the move to Century City is part of the owners' commitment to exposing as many South African’s as possible to this unique experience. It is hoped that the stay in the Western Cape will be a prolonged one and that tourists and locals alike will flock to meet the 100 Heroes and Heroines of the Long March to Freedom. ‘Come honour them All’.

The exhibition will be open to the public daily from 09:00 – 18:00.

Special entrance fees from opening until end February 2020:

Adults: R70

Children under 12: R50

Enquiries:

National Heritage Project Company +27 11 646 5 595

Sarah Haines, Project Director +27 82 899 2958

info@nhpc.co.za / sarah@nhpc.co.za

www.nhmsa.co.za