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1820 Settlers National Monument

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Opening date  1974-07-13
Dedicated to  1820 Settlers
Opened  13 July 1974
1820 Settlers National Monument
Location  Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Address  Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa
Similar  Observatory Museum, Albany Museum - South Afri, St Michael and St George C, Makana Botanical Gardens, Old Provost

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The 1820 Settlers National Monument, which honours the contribution to South African society made by the British 1820 Settlers, overlooks Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. A living monument, it commemorates the English language as much as the Settlers themselves. The building was designed by John Sturrock, Sturrock was inspired by the work of Louis Kahn.


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National Arts Festival

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 main theatre in the monument complex is named after Guy Butler.

Fire in 1994

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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