Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner Friday 24 August 2018

Mandela Gala Dinner 6.30pm – 12.30am Glasgow Hilton Hotel
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The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation is holding a fundraising gala dinner to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in this centenary year of his birth, and to raise funds both for a permanent memorial in Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow and for the educational activities which the statue is designed to promote.

2018 sees also the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Glasgow in 1993 to receive the Freedoms of nine UK cities, districts and boroughs, and the dinner will mark that historic occasion too. The Glasgow Hilton was where he stayed during that visit to Scotland.

The evening will feature a panel of special guests who will share their “Memories of Mandela”. There will be footage of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Glasgow, entertainment, a raffle and auctions.

Mara Louw
Mara Louw Photo: (Alan Wylie)

Marah Louw, prominent South African singer and actor who famously sang and danced on stage with Nelson Mandela at the 1993 rally in Glasgow’s George Square, is coming specially from Johannesburg to sing for us again, as well as taking part in the panel.

Dave Anderson, actor, playwright and musician,  will be Master of Ceremonies for the night, another role in which he excels.

Anita Manning, auctioneer and presenter on the BBC TV shows “Bargain Hunt”, “Flog it” and “Antiques Road Trip” has agreed to conduct the auction. She said, “It is an honour to be part of the Scottish Nelson Mandela Memorial Campaign which will give Scotland a permanent reminder of this great man and his legacy”.

David Pratt, Foreign Editor of The Herald, has agreed to chair the panel discussion. As well as his long experience of travelling the world as a foreign affairs journalist, David was deeply involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Scotland and, with his photographer hat, was responsible for many of the best-known images of Mandela events here. One of those is used in the heading of this web page.

The price of £99 per ticket includes a pre-dinner drinks reception, a three-course meal with half a bottle of wine per person, tea/coffee and a superb evening of celebration of Nelson Mandela and his historic links with Scotland.

For anyone wishing overnight accommodation following the dinner the Hilton offers a 15% discount to ticket holders booking at least 10 days in advance and quoting an event discount code. Contact the Foundation for details.

Dress code: Lounge suit or traditional dress.

Booking formTickets can be booked now.

Cheque by post: Click here for the booking form and address.

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To book a table (£990 for table of 10; £1188 for table of 12), with payment by invoice, contact

Donations to the Foundation are also welcome and needed. (The donation channels cannot be used to purchase tickets)

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