Jointly presented by the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives in the UK, the Apartheid Museum in South Africa and Southbank Centre the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition follows the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) through 6 themes – Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator and Statesman.
The exhibition is free and will be accompanied by a series of associated events and activities.
Life is Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes is an award winning film showing Friday 27th July – Sunday 29th July in Southbank Centre, at 11am, 1pm and 4pm daily. This moving documentary tells the stories of Mandela and his fellow Rivonia Trialists, charting their unfailing commitment to a free and democratic South Africa as they developed a vision for a rainbow nation from inside the prison walls of Robben Island. The screenings are free but ticketed – visit the Southbank Centre website to book now.
Other film screenings include Whispering Truth to Power showing on the 18th August. This award-winning film released last year maps the struggle of Thuli Madonsela, a quietly spoken public prosecutor who blew the whistle on corruption and took on former South African President Jacob Zuma. One Humanity will be shown on the 19th August, this documentary film produced by Jerry Dammers on the legendary Wembley concerts organised by the British Anti-Apartheid Movement.
There will also be readings from the Robben Island Shakespeare in a performance written by Matthew Hahn, about the smuggled Shakespeare book that inspired Mandela during his years of imprisonment on Robben Island.
And to finish our programme of events, to celebrate the launch of their book Grandad Mandela we will be joined by, Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the late Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela and co-authors Zazi and Ziwelene, her granddaughters and Nelson and Winnie’s great-grandchildren on 16th August.