Freedom And Democracy Celebrations | Western Cape Government

Freedom And Democracy Celebrations

(Western Cape Government)

Every year Freedom Day commemorates South Africa’s first democratic election on 27 April 1994. This year is special. On 27 April 2014 we will be celebrating 20 years of freedom and democracy. Those of us born in 1994 and later are known as the born-free generation. On 7 May 2014, “born-free” citizens of 18 years and older who are registered voters will be voting for the very first time.

The freedom and democracy celebrations are an ideal opportunity to treasure our national symbols. Learn more about our national symbols and the National Anthem Toolkit at

The National Department of Arts and Culture encourages South Africans to mark Freedom Day 2014 with a selfie. This is your opportunity to unite and collectively show your pride by wearing your South African colours, take a selfie and upload it to Twitter, tagging @20_yof, @ArtsCultureSA, or on Facebook at or on the website:  Let’s work together to deepen social inclusion and nation building and support the campaign.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) will be hosting various activities across the Western Cape. See all the details of DCAS Freedom Month events at

One of the highlights of the Western Cape Freedom Day celebrations is a play called “Nyasha” which will be performed at the Artscape Theatre Centre on 24 April 2014. This production features youth who are participating in the DCAS Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Programme.  

Another highlight of Freedom Month is a performance of Credo – A Musical Testament to the Freedom Charter. This event is presented in partnership with DCAS and the public may reserve seats through Artscape for the final dress rehearsal on 26 April 2014. A Credo schools programme targeted at educators of Grade 4 to 7 learners and community-based arts organisations will also be taking place. Workshops to introduce educators to the Credo Learner Guide will take place in Cape Town and George.

Cape Town Opera, with the support of the Bavarian State Chancellery and the Western Cape Government, will be touring to Munich soon with the Mandela Trilogy (a folk opera on the life of former President Nelson Mandela). A free performance will be held on 19 April 2014 at the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone. Bookings are essential as seats are limited; contact to reserve your seat.

It is our responsibility to ensure that our freedom and democracy is steadily strengthened for the benefit of current and future generations. Let us take pride in our South African citizenship and become ambassadors for our country BETTER TOGETHER.

The content on this page was last updated on 24 April 2014