The family of revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela is getting ready to return to Liverpool. Both the former President’s eldest daughter Dr. Makaziwe “Maki” Mandela and his granddaughter Tukwini Mandela are visiting the city to make their mark on artwork that will form part of the city’s permanent Nelson Mandela memorial at Princes Park.
A “Freedom Bridge,” a pavilion, and 32 cylindrical stone works inscribed with motivational Mandela quotes will be part of the finished memorial. These pedestals represent the oil drums used to grow an allotment on the rooftop of Pollsmoor Prison where Mandela was held for part of his prison sentence. During their six-day trip, the family will visit Crosby Memorials to personally inscribe one of the stone drums.
The day before the Mandela family’s arrival, Liverpool will officially mark Mandela Day (18 July).
They will also take part in a series of celebratory and commemorative events organised by the local charity Mandela8 including:
Civic Reception – Wednesday 20 July
A private, invitation-only civic reception at the Town Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Roy Gladden.
An Audience With The Mandelas – Thursday 21 July
A special ‘An Audience With’ event at St George’s Hall with the Mandela family in conversation with the anti-apartheid activist Lord Peter Hain. It will be hosted by author Marcus Ryde MBE.
Gala Dinner – Friday 22 July
A black-tie gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel for an evening of live entertainment and fundraising. Tickets are £35 (+booking fee).
Freedom Festival – FREE ENTRY – Saturday 23 July
A Freedom Festival in Princes Park with live music performances and community workshops in Princes Park.
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