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Nelson Mandela International Day events from 18 July
From John Nelson, ACTSA Scotland
I reproduce below a list of things happening on and around this Friday's Nelson Mandela International Day - Not all of them have ACTSA involvement but all relate in some way to the Day. Some you already know of and others are newly intimated.
For those within reach of Glasgow, we would be glad to see you in particular at the Nelson Mandela Place ceremony at 1.30pm on 18 July, whether as a volunteer helper/steward or simply attending.
The open air concert on the Concert Hall steps has now become an informal flashmob performance there by the Mzansi choir, soon after they finish at Nelson Mandela Place, and with no need for the stewarding and other support from us originally intended. The large screen in George Square is now confirmed, but we still await clarification on whether stewarding there is necessary or desirable or not required at all.
This information plus some background can be found on the Mandela Day Scotland website at http://mandeladayscotland.org
We also now have a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/actsascotland where you can find news relating to Mandela Day. Twitter users would be welcome to spread word of this round your contacts.
Fri. 18th July Nelson Mandela International Day
11am – 3pm. Book Donation Event for children’s libraries in South Africa, at the Mitchell Library, Granville St., Glasgow. Gifts of children’s books in good condition will be welcome.
12 noon – 6pm. Large video screen in George Square, Glasgow, showing continuous footage of Nelson Mandela’s visit in 1993 to receive the Freedom of Glasgow and of eight other UK local authorities. The screen will face the war memorial and City Chambers, with its back to the Walter Scott monument.
1.30 – 2.30pm. Ceremony in Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow, to remember and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, with the Lord Provost and South African guests, including the Mzansi choir. This is described as a “ceremony of ritual and reflection", and the heart of it will be the tying by guests of ribbons in the South African colours to the railings of St. George’s Tron church as the choir sings.
7:30 pm Jabulani Project Annual Mandela Day Celebration. Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh Napier University Morningside Campus, Edinburgh EH10 4RT
8:00 pm Nelson Mandela International Day Celebration. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, G3 8AG The headline artist is Hugh Masekela but there will be a number of others, including Complete, the Mzansi Youth Choir from South Africa and others from Scotland and South Africa, including Arthur Johnstone. Tickets are £15 each plus booking fee.
8:00 pm Mandela Day Concert at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.
22:00 - 03:00 Mandela Day with Fantasma & Auntie Flo. The Arches, 253, Argyle St., Glasgow G2 8DL
Sat. 19th July
12:00 - 16:00 Mandela Celebrations at The Hidden Gardens, 25a Albert Drive (behind the Tramway Theatre), Glasgow, G41 2PE
Sun. 20th July
12:00 noon till late. Fundraising Braai in aid of Community Heart, Dysart, Fife.
Mon. 21st July until October.
The Robben Island Bible will be on display at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. This is a copy of the complete works of Shakespeare, owned on Robben Island by a prisoner who disguised it as a volume of Hindu scriptures to avoid its confiscation. Its owner, Sonny Venkatrathnam, persuaded 32 other prisoners to sign their names against passages in the book that held particular significance for them. Those signing included Nelson Mandela and many other key figures from the liberation struggle. The owner is personally bringing the book to Glasgow, where it will be shown next to the “Scotland and the Commonwealth" exhibition already at the Mitchell Library.
Month of July
Collection of donated books for school libraries in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa,
Dundee Edinburgh Midlothian Renfrewshire
or any one of these Glasgow public libraries:
For more information contact ACTSA Scotland at firstname.lastname@example.org