Last chance to see groundbreaking Mandela exhibition in London
There’s a final chance over the next couple of weeks to see the London run of the groundbreaking exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The project simply called Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition completes a four month stay at the 26 Leake Street Gallery at Waterloo’s historic Leake Street Graffiti Tunnels on Sunday 2nd June.
It celebrates Mandela’s life and legacy. It is designed to educate, entertain and inspire using many personal belongings and objects never previously seen outside of South Africa. These include the suit worn for the opening of the South African parliament in 1996; a traditional head dress gifted by The King of Xhosa people; his presidential desk and chair and his much-loved beige trench coat.
There are also immersive media presentations and scenic re-creations, portraying key moments in Nelson Mandela’s life. And what a life. He was a lawyer, a revolutionary, a political prisoner, a world leader and an elder statesman. But above all Nelson Mandela is and was a symbol of the struggle against oppression.
Now, five years after his death, he continues to remain a human rights icon, seen globally as an advocate for change.
This exhibition which is presented in collaboration with the Royal House of Mandela, reveals his epic story in a series of experiential zones.
It takes visitors on Mandela’s life journey, from his little-known beginnings in rural Mvezo, Transkei, through decades of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime, to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first black president, ‘Father of South Africa’, and a globally loved and respected figure.
Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition is at the 26 Leake Street Gallery South Bank | London | SE1 7NN until Sunday 2nd June. (Nearest Tube Waterloo) A donation is being made from proceeds of the exhibition to the Mvezo Development Trust which supports economic development programmes in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.