June marks the commemoration of the student uprisings that occurred in various parts of Gauteng, with young people taking a stand for their voices to be heard in their fight for freedom of expression and many other civil rights. This significant month lends itself as a key time to give back young people their place in history through various educational and public programmes designed to promote a museum-going culture but most importantly, to give young people the power to re-write their own narratives and to re-claim and re-imagine their own heritage at a time where culture is dynamic and constantly changing.
Aluta Nova Festival of Museums is thus earmarked as one of the City’s signature programmes curated to offer the youth an opportunity to learn about and explore history, heritage and culture through a contemporary and decolonial lens. The festival will offer a variety of activities such as the iconic London Bus museum tours, food/craft markets and live music showcases by young and upcoming artists. The programme will offer guests the opportunity to explore different activities throughout the week, culminating in live music performances – which will further contribute in supporting local talent and creative SMMEs. While this programme is focused at promoting the James Hall Museum of Transport, in future years, this festive commemoration of heritage will see different museums of the City presenting curated and unique experiences and offerings.