Reimagining Heritage, Archives & Museums 2024: All You Need to Know

African art at the Homecoming Centre in Cape Town

The first edition of Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums showcase is bringing art, culture, politics and museums in Cape Town to the fore with an exciting new discourse surrounding Africanisation in the creative space. The conference runs from 13 to 15 February 2024 at the Homecoming Centre and includes satellite events such as a cocktail evening at Iziko Museum, as well as walkabouts at both the District Six Museum and the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

What is Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums (RHAM)?

Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums is an interactive conference and mentorship programme taking place in Cape Town. Led by the Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud (IFAS)/French Institute of South Africa and the Embassy of France, the event aims to address the needs of the heritage, archive and museum sector in South Africa and other African countries. Keynote speakers and others involved hope to develop concrete tools and programmes through the event.

View the full programme here.

Sketch from South Africa for Heritage

How to register for your tickets

Tickets cost R500pp for adults and R200pp for students with student cards, and give you full access to all the talks, experiences, and lunch networking events over the 3 days.

To book for the event, go to the website registration page and follow the steps. Some ticket grants are also available.

What you can look forward to at RHAM

Keynote Addresses and Discussions

The headline experiences at Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums 2024 is their lineup of informative panel discussions and keynote addresses by top creatives.

Topics on the programme promise a deep dive into important issues around the repair and restitution of art, the challenges and opportunities around archiving precious works, the role of digitisation in heritage preservation, among many others. 

See the full events programme here.

Creative Workshops

Workshops such as Design Thinking, The Urgency of Preserving and Archiving African Languages Through Storytelling, and ‘The Present as an Archive: Intergenerational Dialogue Through Folklore’ provide an opportunity for more hands-on engagement with the topics, and collective brainstorming.

African art at the Homecoming Centre in Cape Town

Art Exhibition Walkabouts

Guided curated walks include an insider glimpse behind the state-of-the-art exhibition on at the Desmond Tutu Foundation in the CBD. Truth to Power: Desmond Tutu and the Churches in the Struggle Against Apartheid’ is on show at the historic Old Granary building.

Seismography of Struggle at the Zeitz MOCAA focuses on decentralising European perspectives through an exploration of seismic events such as the Haitian Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Presented worldwide, the exhibition continues to evolve through ongoing research efforts.

Live Performances

Some of the country’s leading poets and choreographers are showcasing their work at selected Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums events. ‘From Broken Bones to Healing Hearts: My Journey with Sarah Baartman’ is a rich work performed by internationally renowned poet and storyteller Diana Ferrus and South African poet Siphokazi Jonas.

The performance pays homage to the famous poem ‘I’ve Come to Take You Home’ and its contribution to the repatriation of Sarah Baartman’s remains to South Africa from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France in 2002.

Gregory Maqoma, highly acclaimed creative director, producer, dancer and choreographer presents an inspiring performance in which he asks his ancestors: What did we do wrong?

South African poet Siphokazi Jonas in Black
Siphokazi Jonas


The meet-and-greet lunchtime gathering hosted at the Homecoming Centre creates a great opportunity for informal networking. There is also a cocktail evening planned at the Iziko South African Museum’s Whale Well where you can meet many of the creatives and professionals who are behind the event.

Cost: R500pp for adults and R200pp for students with student card. The rate includes access to all the talks, experiences, and lunch networking events over the 2-day period. Register via website registration page and follow the steps

When: Running from Tuesday, 13 February to Thursday, 15 February 2024
Where: Various venues, Cape Town. See full programme here

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