Sophiatown – the Mix is an initiative of registered non-profit company the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre – a 15 year strong organisation dedicated to the legacy of Fr Huddleston for a society where everyone has dignity and discrimination is unknown.
the Mix is a new cultural, heritage and enterprise space in historic Sophiatown. In this historic suburb you will find three national heritage sites and a rich programme of cultural activities from live jazz, literary events, walking heritage tours, art exhibitions and much more.
Sophiatown was historically famous particularly for its racially-mixed community, and from the early 1930s until its destruction under apartheid legislation in 1955, Sophiatown was a celebrated freehold and a hive of intellectual, artistic, religious and political activity. It was the first area in South Africa to feel the force of apartheid’s Native Resettlement Act and Group Areas segregation. You can read more about it here.
The Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre brings social vitality and enterprise innovation to the historic western area neighbourhoods with the opening of its brand new home ‘Sophiatown – the Mix’.
‘the Mix’ now comprises two buildings: a new, green, purposely designed space of the future that is flexible and environmentally sustainable; alongside the historic 1930s house in Toby Street – one of four buildings to survive the 1955 forced removals. Side by side these two spaces provide opportunities for different communities to come together for cultural programmes, community interactions and discussions, as well as training and support to youth for start up businesses in the green sector.
The spaces are also available for private hire with the profits supporting the cultural work and youth training so you can feel great about spending money at this venue. There are four main spaces ideal for book launches, product sampling, corporate hospitality with Sophiatown themed music, musicians or theatre performers; auditions, rehearsals and even weddings or ceremonies can be hosted, from 20 up to 140 people comfortably seated for dinner.
Sophiatown-the Mix hosts its own live Jazz Encounters twice a month as well as exhibitions, dialogues and workshops. For venue hire enquiries call: Rinkie 011 673 1271 or e:email@example.com
Working to complement other organisations in the area, Violet Mohotloane, Operations Manager, explained that ‘Sophiatown – the Mix’ focuses on three strands: Incub8 for start-ups; Navig8 for youth career development and Sophiatown Ek Se – arts, culture and heritage. ‘Given Sophiatown’s story and that of the wider historic western area neighbourhoods, where everyone lived together and thrived, these new spaces are about creating prosperity that is good for people and planet as well as profit’.
Architects: Local Studio Contractors: E4 Construction.
Sophiatown-the Mix was funded by grants from the National Lotteries Commission , the Department for Arts & Culture, donations from private individuals including William Kentridge, Tricia Sibbons and Douglas Board, Peter and Rhonda Crandle, Peter Vundla, Heloise Smith, David Humphrey, Bam family, Motlana and Moroka families, and support from hundreds of people around the world, including our Patrons. In-kind supporters include Peter Chatterton; and we are especially thankful for interest free loans from the Joel Joffe Trust.
Funds are still being raised to complete the building’s green credentials including solar panel installation, sun screen and led lighting. To contribute to the crowdfunding: http://igg.me/at/remembersophiatown/x/12054451
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For media enquiries: Rinkie 083 550 7130 011 673 1271 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking Tours of Sophiatown can be booked Monday-Saturday on 011 673 1271 / 083 550 7130 or by email email@example.com. A tour leaves the Heritage Centre at 11h00 every Saturday. Click here for more information about our tours.
Our monthly Jazz encounters are not to be missed – only R110 in advance or R120 on the door for live and close up interaction with the music – just like the old days. Find us on the last Friday in the month: details here, or on our Facebook page.
Sophiatown Past and Present
You can come along to any of our listed events and tell us how you are connected to this iconic area, which includes historic links to Fietas, Westbury, Coronationville, Martindale, Newlands and Newclare as well as Soweto, Lenasia and Fordsburg. Historic Sophiatown features in countless books, poems, films, theatre and music. Today we invite everyone to be part of making history, right now here in Sof’town.