‘South Africa on The Square’

Concert on September 25th

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.

Please join us at St Martin in the Fields where we will host a concert of thanks and celebrate 27 years of freedom, with poetry, readings, and music from talented South African instrumentalists and the wonderful choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture 2021

The 11th Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture was delivered by four ethical global leaders.

South Africa’s former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, spoke about constitutionalism and the rule of law, women’s and children’s rights activist Graça Machel, talked about how we could support tomorrow’s leaders as they develop and grow. Chair of The Elders and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson presented about how we have a duty to defend the Earth so that there is a planet for humanity to share, and the Dalai Lama spoke about how compassion is the bedrock for a secure and fulfilling future for all people.

Music was provided by the Soweto Gospel Choir, as well as by South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Rocking the Boat – Paul Wilson & Simon Israel

Former Metropolitan Police superintendent Paul Wilson, who is a key supporter of civil rights both in the UK and in South Africa, spoke 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 his time in South Africa following retirement. Paul was joined by Simon Israel, the former senior home affairs correspondent at Channel 4 News, who chaired his address.