The Denis Goldberg House of Hope

The Denis Goldberg House of Hope

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A memorial to anti-apartheid icon Denis Goldberg

The Denis Goldberg House of Hope in Cape Town is a memorial to icon Denis Goldberg. And realisation of his dream of anti-apartheid. He was an Executive Member of the Congress of Democrats. Goldberg’s organisation allied to the African National Congress (ANC) in the mid-1950s. From the time of his arrest, Goldberg was in the Pretoria Local Prison following the Rivonia trail. He spent for a total of 22 years in jail, before being released in 1985. He served his time along with Nelson Mandela and six others.


The Denis Goldberg House of Hope (DGHOH) is an arts and culture education centre for children and youth.  Focusing on those from the different communities within Hout Bay. The DGHOH works in partnerships with other organisations.  DGHOH offers a range of different arts and culture opportunities. The programs are for local young people who might not otherwise have access to the resources. The centre includes an exhibition on the life and contribution of Denis Goldberg himself. It also includes a rotating exhibition of the approximately 200 colourful artworks that Denis collected over the last decade and a half of his life which he spent in Hout Bay.
Goldberg stated “It is a vision that combines the passions of my life: the creation of cohesive, non-racial and non-prejudiced communities, the realisation of young people’s potential and a celebration of creativity and expression…. Creating a beautiful space for this to happen, where young people can develop those vital creative and expressive skills will be my lasting contribution to the future of Hout Bay, which has been my home for so long.”