Heritage Day: celebrating our own unique heritage.
Lifestyle Sep 23, 2019
Heritage Day: celebrating our own unique heritage
It’s only a few days until Heritage Day – where we celebrate our unique heritage as a country. We’re one of the few places in the world that can be described as a cultural melting pot: so many different cultures, from all parts of the world, living together.
We’ve come along way from the days of apartheid. And the younger generation already shows signs of being more inclined towards unity than previous ones. Perhaps what gives us our particular flavour is South African resilience. We have gone through a lot, but we never give up, never give in.
And South Africa has a unique heritage of arts and culture as well. One that can be best described as a fusion of different styles found within particular groups and a borrowing of what works internationally and making it our own. For instance, the musical instrument the saxophone has played a major role in our own very South African township jazz.
We also have a ‘heritage’ of sorts we celebrate. Our love for the arts has resulted in our own art gallery where we regularly hold exhibitions. The love of beautiful cinema has resulted in the film critic favourite, Cinema Nouveau.
In fact, showing the best of art cinema has been a long-running tradition of ours. It’s been going for well over a few decades now. And that includes screening some great film festivals – giving the discerning moviegoer an alternative to the loud and special effects overladen movies currently in vogue.
Where you can enjoy a movie for the sake of a story with character development that resonates with the soul.
Another long-standing tradition, and one a firm favourite with northern Joburgers, has been our Sunday Rooftop Market. It offers all kinds of wares, from the exotic to the splendid to the arts and crafts.
It enables visitors to find real treasures that they’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Examples include well-crafted African style items and the available for purchase unique paintings. Something worth hanging on your wall, for sure.
Then there are the second-hand book stands, which grant the chance to uncover books long from any printing run. It is Read a New Book Month, after all. Even if that new book is an old, out-of-print one.
Spirituality is only a crystal away.
Pardon the pun, but for decades, the new age store, The House of Isis, has long made The Mall of Rosebank its spiritual home.
Many seekers of their own enlightenment have perused the shop’s offerings. From books describing the steps needed for a spiritual journey to unique crystals that have different attributes, and even an aura reading service, The House of Isis caters for all who long for a different path.
It’s a very familiar store with long-time visitors to the Mall.
Testament to time.
For many, the Mall of Rosebank has been part of their heritage too: memories of growing up and enjoying the tenants on offer, the coffee shops – some of whom have bee with us a long time indeed – and the view of the ever-changing city on the rooftops, in the ever-changing seasons, for years.
So, we celebrate Heritage Day, not just as a day for your particular heritage, nor even the heritage of South Africa as a whole, but also our personal heritage of being many of our long-time visitors’ happy place.
We wish you a Happy Heritage Day. We hope you enjoy your time out and even make a long weekend of it. If you do, be sure to visit and enjoy a heritage uniquely ours – with shops both seasoned and new.
To see what we have on offer, visit www.rosebankmall.co.za now.