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Covid-19 vaccination card gets free access to affiliated museums across the province during heritage month📢

[Statement by Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sports, Anroux Marais]
As we kick off Heritage Month in the Western Cape, Minister Anroux Marais is happy to announce free access to our affiliated museums for those presenting vaccination cards, both fully and partially vaccinated.
Minister Marais says, “ Usually visitors pay an entry fee to access our museums across the province, but to encourage all to get vaccinated, we are happy to waive this fee for the month of September in a bid to increase our vaccination numbers, while promoting our affiliated museums as we now contain, adapt and recover in the Western Cape”.
The following museums are free to those vaccinated for the month of September, Heritage Month:
• Bartolomeu Dias Museum (Mossel Bay)
• Beaufort West Museum
• CP Nel Museum (Oudtshoorn)
• Drostdy Museum (Swellendam)
• Genadendal Museum
• Great Brak River Museum
• Hout Bay Museum
• Jan Danckaert Museum (Porterville)
• Montagu Museum
• Old Harbour Museum (Hermanus)
• Oude Kerk Volksmuseum (Tulbagh)
• SA Fisheries Museum (Laaiplek)
• Stellenbosch Museum
• Togryer Museum (Ceres)
• Wellington Museum
• Wheat Industry Museum (Moorreesburg)
• Worcester Museum
While we hope to promote our affiliated museums through this campaign, we also commemorate National Heritage Month acknowledging that cultural heritage goes beyond that which we find in our built environment, such as buildings, towns and monuments. It includes our overall collective traditions and inherited lived expressions through oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, language and crafts.
Intangible cultural heritage is an important part of maintaining cultural diversity. Our understanding of the intangible cultural heritage of our diverse communities helps foster social inclusion, intercultural dialogue and encourages mutual respect and creating new narratives and meaning.
Minister Marais appeals to all members of the public to get their vaccination as soon as they can – the sooner we can reach our vaccination targets, the sooner we can start safely opening up more of the cultural sector particularly the arts industry to allow us to slowly start returning to having live audiences at events. We must do this to support the live events, as well as our artists and sportspeople, in our province.



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