1820 Settlers National Monument

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1820 Settlers Monument
Coordinates 33°19′10″S 26°31′10″E / 33.31945°S 26.51933°E / -33.31945; 26.51933Coordinates: 33°19′10″S 26°31′10″E / 33.31945°S 26.51933°E / -33.31945; 26.51933
Location Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Opening date 1974-07-13
Dedicated to 1820 Settlers
1820 Settlers National Monument is located in South Africa
1820 Settlers National Monument

The 1820 Settlers National Monument,[1] which honours the contribution to South African society made by the first big influx of English settlers, overlooks[2] Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. A living monument, it commemorates the English language[3] as much as the Settlers themselves. It is a venue for performances of many types.

The Monument is closely linked with the National Arts Festival, often known simply as the Grahamstown Festival. Ever since the monument's opening on 13 July 1974, the festival has been held there every year, except for in 1975. Virtually all possible venues in Grahamstown are used during the festival, but the Monument is the anchor of the event and the biggest venue too.

The monument was devastated by a fire in 1994 and rebuilt and was officially re-dedicated by Nelson Mandela in May 1996.

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  1. ^ Hester Maria Johanna Du Preez (1982). Museums of the Cape: a guide to the province-aided museums of the Cape. Dept. of Nature Environmental Conservation of the Provincial Administration of the Cape of Good Hope. pp. 18–22. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ South Africa. Rough Guides. 2002. pp. 378–. ISBN 978-1-85828-853-6. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Erik Doxtader; Charles Villa-Vicencio; Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (South Africa) (1 January 2004). To Repair the Irreparable: Reparation and Reconstruction in South Africa. New Africa Books. pp. 361–. ISBN 978-0-86486-618-9. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 

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