1820 Settlers Monument
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The monument's facade is designed to look like scaffolding to denote a work in progress.
The 1820 Settlers Monument, opened on 13 July 1974, mirrors the central intent of acknowledging the legacy of the British immigrants to South Africa. It celebrates freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and promotion of the English language, art, literature, poetry and music.
Since 1976 this Grahamstown historical monument has been home to the National Arts Festival. Unlike many monuments and memorials, the 1820 Settlers Monument is a living place that is constantly abuzz with activities and visitors.
The focus is very much on democracy and the facilities are intended for use by all South Africans. There is a particular emphasis on the use of English as a contact language.
As a result of this, the monument is home to several highly successful educational and cultural projects. It is estimated that the monument and its facilities are visited by well over 200 000 people every year, from every walk of life in South Africa.
The monument includes several different venues, making it an ideal multi-purpose destination for conferences, conventions, festivals and the like. These include the Fountain Court, the Guy Butler Theatre, the Council Chamber, the Thomas Pringle Hall, Ntsikana Gallery, Atherstone Room & Yellowwood Terrace, the Olive Schreiner hall, the Visitors Lounge and the Monument Restaurant.
These venues range in capacity from around 10 people up to 1 000. There are other smaller venues and spaces also available in addition to these main ones.
Aside from the National Arts Festival, the monument is also home to art exhibitions, theatre productions, corporate dinners and private events all year round. It hosts workshops, educational projects and community undertakings. This means that there is always something to see, do or enjoy at this historical monument in Grahamstown - at any time of the year.
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