An invitation to Two Exceptional Events fast approaching

Sep 14, 2021
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Tutu Foundation UK

September 25th

South Africa on The Square

The Tutu Foundation UK, Joe Slovo Foundation and Oliver Tambo Foundation are proud and delighted to support South Africa on The Square.  A dynamic and uplifting tribute to the pioneers of Freedom & Democracy in South Africa staged over the years on Trafalgar Square.

12.30pm:  Concert of thanks

Please join us at St Martin in the Fields where we will host a concert of thanks, with poetry, readings, and music from talented South African instrumentalists and the wonderful choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Our MC is Sindiso Joya who will say something about Oliver Tambo, Jo Slovo and Desmond Tutu.

I will not die an unlived life by Dawna Markova
Chosen by Rev Naomi Nontombi Tutu and read by our actress Nobulali Dangazele

“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”

The French Revolution by William Wordsworth.
Chosen by Nomatemba Tambo, High Commissioner of South Africa to the United Kingdom.

Beethoven Trio Op 11 - 3rd movement: Theme and Variations, and Fauré Trio Op 120 - 1st movement.
Our South African Instrumental Trio are pianist Roelof Temmingh, Jordan Brooks on violin and Kamogelo Maraba on cello. Jordan is still at school, at Chetham's in Manchester, and Kamogelo is studying cello in Birmingham.

This will all be interwoven between the wonderful singing of the Choir of St Martin in the Fields.

Please RSVP here

Admission free. Just turn up on the day but please let us know in advance you are attending


October 7th

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday

This October, Tutu Foundation UK is hugely excited to join our friends around the world to celebrate Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday! Drinks reception from 5:15pm, please use this RSPV link:

5.00pm: Welcome and drinks reception.

Join us for the drinks reception where we begin the celebration event at South Africa House which will comprise of a live stream from Cape Town along with our very special programme. All guests will be asked to be seated.

5.15pm: Introduction by Clive Conway

Clive Conway will welcome all guests on stage and will begin the evening.

5.20pm: Paul Wilson and Simon Israel's talk about policing

We welcome former metropolitan police superintendent Paul Wilson; a key supporter of civil rights both here and in South Africa who helped establish the UK's first Black Police Association and has campaigned for racial justice throughout his career.  Paul will talk to us about his new book “Rocking the Boat” a memoir that recounts his early years of growing up in Lincolnshire, how and why he joined the metropolitan police force, the prejudice he encountered and following retirement, his time in South Africa. A Vice President of Unilever, Africa, Lethepu Matshaba will introduce Paul and Simon Israel, former senior home affairs correspondent at Channel 4 News, will chair his address.

6.00pm: The 11th Desmond Tutu International Annual Peace Lecture Livestream

The 11th Desmond Tutu International Annual Peace Lecture in Cape Town will be delivered by four inspiring global leaders – the Dalai Lama, Graça Machel;  Mary Robinson; and Thuli Madonsela.

7.15pm: Drinks at South Africa House

With the livestream over, the Tutu Foundation UK and our friends continue celebrations with drinks at South Africa House. Admission free. Just turn up on the day but let us know in advance you are attending.

We would like to thank the publishers of Paul’s book SRL Publishing Ltd for generously providing the wine and Nomatemba Tambo, High Commissioner of South Africa to the United Kingdom for the use of South Africa House.

We will sing happy birthday and a birthday cake will be cut and given to the guests.

Please RSVP here

Please note that there is limited capacity for the Archbishop's 90th birthday.