Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations

The South African High Commission in partnership with Afromusée, a non-profit organisation, celebrated Nelson Mandela Day on 4 to 5 September 2021 by inviting 27 painters in Quebec to create paintings by revisiting the legacy Mr Mandela left to humanity. The 27 painters represented the 27 years that Mr Mandela spent in prison. On 12 June 2015 the National Assembly of Quebec proclaimed 11 February as the Nelson Mandela Day. The primary aim of the event was to promote democratic values, cultural diversity and freedom in all its forms which are the foundation of democratic societies. The event could not have happened at the right time when South Africa is celebrating the Heritage month. Heritage day plays a vital role in promoting cultural diversity, reconciliation, social cohesion, economic development and peace which were part of Mr Mandela’s legacy. The painting activity will be followed by many others that will culminate on 11 February 2022 by music and dance also as part of the Black History month. The paintings would then go on tour throughout Quebec in the spring of 2022.