StandUp4HumanRights is the theme of the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival which takes place from 21 – 24 March 2019 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Entrance is free of charge. 

Constitution Hill and leading human rights organisations have come together to bring you the second edition of the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival. The festival highlights the work of social justice organisations and the importance of civic activism. It is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that links the universal struggle for dignity and freedom to the injustices that many people in SA and the region experience daily.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of our country’s democracy and marks the 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a poignant moment therefore to acknowledge the immense sacrifices that have been made by countless people in the quest for human rights, both nationally and globally. While Human Rights are enshrined in South Africa’s constitution; it is democracy that provides us with the space to reflect on the gains made, the challenges we still face and the future we want to build.  

The Tri Continental Film Festival will host movies from the  22nd  of March til the 24th of March at the Women’s Jail .Highlights includethe documentary Dying For Gold at6pm on Friday which will be followed at 19:30 by the Kagiso Lediga directed smash Matwetwe. 

The #StandUp4HumanRights Music Concert will take place on Saturday 23 March from 5pm. The lineup includes Sho Madjozi, Sjava, DJ Kenzhero; Msaki; BCUC; DJ Ready D; Samthing Soweto and Easy Freak. Surprise additions to the lineup will be revealed in the run up to the festival. Albie Sachs 
is amongst many authors taking part in panel discussions at the book festival at the Activism Village at Constitution Hill: We The People: Insights Of An Activist Judge will see him in conversation with Deputy Minister Enver Surtie on Saturday the 23d at 3pm. On Sunday the 24th the book festival will see Siya Khumalo speak on his book You Have To Be Gay To Know God at 12pm.  

The Annual Constitution Hill “We the people Walk” will take place on Sunday 24th March.  Participants are encouraged to walk for the causes they support and to defend these causes under the banner of #StandUp4HumanRights. 

The festival also has a dedicated children’s programme supported by key organisations. Play Africa will offer families their unique, interactive play exhibits where they can discover, explore and connect alongside their children. “Families can also check out our new Children’s Rights exhibit, or take part in the Children’s Voices programme to learn about the Constitution, human rights, and how to democratically to participate in decisions that affect their lives, so South Africa’s democracy can thrive in future generations” said Gretchen Wilson-Prangley, founder and CEO of Play Africa. 

The entire festival is free and open to the public, the full programme can be found on

Registration is necessary for the walk through webtickets. Tickets are required for the tours and music concert and can also be downloaded for free from webtickets: or at your local PicknPay.