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The Castle of Good Hope is hosting a thought-provoking, action packed Women’s Day programme on Friday, 9 August 2019. The programme, consisting of five different but interrelated events, is guaranteed to redefine and reshape this historically oppressive institution’s (the Castle) relationship with its female audiences.

The national theme for Women’s Day 2019 is “Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation” and the Castle’s planned program reflects and recognizes the historic day in 1956 when more than 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the pass laws and inhumane Apartheid legislation.

The Castle of Good Hope continue to provide a platform for local communities to tell the stories of our forgotten, down-trodden heroines in the South African historical landscape. It is important to remember, heal and learn to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated by future generations. We will continue to have the difficult conversations so we can grow together in unity,” says Calvyn Gilfellan, Chief Executive Officer of the Castle of Good Hope.

The Castle’s jam-packed Women’s Day program consists of the following legs:

  1. The day kicks off at 08h45 when the Castle is partnering with the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival-team who plans to stage a symbolic Humanity Walk to commemorate this historic event. An anticipated crowd of a thousand women will gather on the Castle’s front courtyard before they embark on this re-enacted historic march.
  2. The second event starts at 12h00 and is called “Slay the Doek”, a picnic-style music concert for women. This life-style event is a celebration of women and sisterhood and is a very popular semi-commercial event on the Castle’s Calendar.
  3. At the same time, a group of 60 visiting pensioners from the Woodlands Women’s Support Group will be hosted in the historic Chapel, adjacent to the Krotoa Memorial. Their visit includes a tour and luncheon at the Castle.
  4. At 14h00, 200 ladies will gather in the Castle’s Alleman’s Barracks, to celebrate Women’s Day with a Latin American-themed afternoon of spicy food, drinks and salsa dancing.
  5. Arguably the highlight of the day, is the launch of a book dubbed “Sistaaz of the Castle”. This historic event is happening at 16h30 in the Castle’s Old Recruitment Building and tells the harrowing but humane stories of a group of transgender sex workers, who frequent this part of Cape Town.  They also call themselves “Sistaaz of the Castle” and want to use this platform to highlight the plight of some of the most marginalized communities in South Africa if not the entire world…

Says Artscape CEO and social activist Marlene le Roux: “I cannot be prouder of this year’s all-encompassing program. The Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival is a dedication to all women – young and old, ordinary and extraordinary – who played (and continue to play) a role in the struggle for equality and liberty.”

For more details on these programmes, contact Mr Sonwabile Maxebengula
heritage@castleofgoodhope.co.za cell: 073 751 9433


Aug 9
09:00 - 17:00
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Front Courtyard
Castle of Good Hope
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
021 787 1249


Castle of Good Hope
021 787 1249