A Biko 30:30 Community Festival is under way at Museum Afrika in Newtown in Johannesburg.
It started on Monday and will end tomorrow.
Leading the other commemorative and celebratory events is Nkosinathi Biko, pictured, chief executive of the Steve Biko Foundation and son of the Black Consciousness Movement icon and activist Steve Bantu Biko.
"For a new generation of South Africans born into freedom it may be easy to take their liberty for granted," Biko said.
"Through a series of commemorative activities, we want to remind communities that their freedom is a product of the ultimate sacrifice of not only Steve Biko, but many others.
"As is the case with all of the foundation's work, we want to take this opportunity to serve as a platform for dialogue and discourse about the many salient issues impacting the development of our nation, and the continent at large."
The foundation and the Steve Biko 30th Anniversary Committee are staging the events under the theme, Biko 30:30.
The events - including art, literature, film and musical festivals - will culminate in a conference entitled Consciousness, Agency and the African Development Agenda in Cape Town next month.
Other celebratory events include a former heads-of-state dinner, the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture and several international benefit concerts.
Among several related long-term projects are plans for the construction of the Steve Biko Memorial Centre in Ginsberg, Eastern Cape.
It will consist of a museum, an archive and library resource unit, and a multipurpose community centre.
Events held so far included the anniversary youth conference, launch of the Biko Heritage Trail, a film festival, and a literary demonstration and exhibition.