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Here’s how to celebrate Human Rights Day

Dance, sing and soak up everything that this public holiday has to offer

Last updated: Thursday, 5 May 2022

Want to know how to celebrate Human Rights Day in Cape Town in 2023? Subscribe to our newsletter and keep an eye out for the updates about this commemorative day. Here is how we celebrated Human Rights Day in 2022.


Five hubs. Five shows. One celebration. Cape Town Carnival is back this long weekend.  The five hubs will each put on five 30-minute shows throughout the day. Learn more about the rich culture and history of our country through its art, music and dance. Book your tickets here.

When: 19 March from 2.30pm
Cost: R10 per ticket

Somerset Road | Green Point | Website | Instagram: @capetowncarnival | Image: Cape Town Carnival


The Long March to Freedom exhibition in Century City is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world. This sculpture garden has 100 life-sized, bronze statues that depict South African and international liberation and human-rights icons, and tells the story of South Africa’s 350-year struggle for freedom and democracy.

When: Friday 9am - 6pm; Saturday 8am - 6pm, Sundays + public holidays 10am - 4pm
Cost: Adults R75, kids u/16 and pensioners R50, family (2 adults and 2 children) R210, R10 parking fee

Century City | Cape Town | 01106465595 | Instagram: @longmarchtofreedom | Image: The Long March to Freedom


Spend your public holiday with Some Sundays in the heart of the winelands. This boutique picnic concert is hosted at Nooitgedacht Estate outside Stellenbosch and offers food trucks, beer and wine tents and great vibes. If that hasn’t convinced you, the lineup will. Jam out to Fokofpolisiekar, aKING and Uncle Spike.

When: 21 March; doors open at 12:00
Cost: R220.00 - R300.00; book your tickets here.

R304 | Koelenhof | Stellenbosch | 060 997 2679 | Instagram: @some.sundays | Image: Some Sundays


Start your weekend early with an open-air movie at Kirstenbosch. The Galileo Open Air Cinema is showing Keeping Up With The Kandasamys this Thursday. Savour a classic picnic under the stars while watching this fabulous South African RomCom. Get your tickets now.

When: 17 March; doors open at 6pm; screening at 7.30pm
Cost: From R109

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden | 071 471 8728 | Instagram: @thegalileo | Image: Galileo Cinemas


Celebrate 50 years of the Irma Stern Museum at The Lawns in Camps Bay. The public can join the UCT Irma Stern Museum, saxophonist Georgia Jones, singer Zinzi Dinginto and guitarist Matthew Mentor for a morning of music, friends, family and food. Bring your own picnic brunch. Book by emailing

When: 19 March from 10am-1.30pm
Cost: R100; free for UCT students ​​​​​​​​

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Enjoy a five star experience with the Stir Crazy Cooking Theatre. Superyacht Chefs will prepare a five course dinner in an open kitchen, so you can watch them prep and plate your delicious meal. This is in celebration of the end of their intense training course, so pull up a chair and enjoy an evening of good food and good vibes. 

When: 18 March from 6.30pm
Cost: R450 per person

Superyacht Training Academy | 14 W Quay Road | V&A Waterfront | 061 107 0533 | Instagram: @stircrazycookingschool | Image: Stir Crazy Cooking School


Head on down to the Methodist Church Hall in Observatory and watch the theatre show May I Have This Dance. It follows the life of a couple attempting to navigate childhood trauma's effect on romantic relationships, and reveals how communication can be a tool for connection or a weapon for isolation. Book your ticket here.

When: 16 to 24 March; starts at 8pm
Cost: R100 general admission, R80 for students

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Spend Saturday or Sunday at the Nederburg Wine slow market. It is held on the lawns of the estate and includes a pop-up shisanyama experience, a variety of local crafters, live music and more! 

When: Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm
Cost: Free entry

Nederburg Wine | Paarl | 021 862 3104 | Facebook | Image: Nederburg Wine



Check out the other public holidays in South Africa.

Visit the Long March to Freedom exhibit at Canal Walk.

Learn more about South African history with Iziko Museums.

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