Ladysmith Cultural Centre

The centre was officially opened in 1997 and is housed in a beautiful Victorian house that has been restored to its former glory. Aspects of the cultural, natural and local history of the area are exhibited. There are permanent and temporary displays as well as the ‘Walk of Fame’ with the footprints of Ladysmith Black Mambazo eternalised in cement. 

The opening of the centre coincided with the Freedom of the Town being bestowed upon Ladysmith Black Mambazo on 25 July 1997. This vibrant tribute to the world famous group is the main feature of the centre. Life size cut-outs of the members of Ladysmith Black Mambaza dance on the mock stage while their distinctive music fills the room. A photographic record of their history and achievements decorate the walls.
There is an art and crafts shop where local crafters sell their goods. Beautifully hand-made items, such as wire and beadwork items, wooden and woven articles can be purchased. 

In the foyer of the house is a display on the history of the house itself. There is also a display dedicated to the now world-famous Drakensberg Boy’s Choir. Some of their numerous awards and achievements are on display, and during school terms concerts are held every Wednesday afternoon in the school’s auditorium. 

A true-to-life shack pays homage to township life. The shack houses a photographic exhibition on Uncle Mkhize. Baba Mkhize is well into his nineties and still rides his bicycle from Ezakheni to Ladysmith (approximately 20km). Baba Mkhize fought in the First World War in Egypt and is very proud of his medals.     

The last attraction, the Discovery Room, is for the kids, and here the children are allowed to discover otherwise ‘hands off’ items. The intriguing red swing-doors lead the children into a tropical jungle, bugs included!

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