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.
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.
“…Not only did I attend a proper jazz performance on Saturday evening, but that performance took place in Sophiatown (pronounced “soh-FYE-ah-town”), the birth place of Jozi jazz. I can’t believe it took me so long to do this, as I’ve known for quite some time that there is a jazz concert on the last Saturday of every month at the Sophiatown Heritage Centre. And I’m fascinated by the history of Sophiatown,which is literally around the corner from Melville…”
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SOPHIATOWN’S HISTORIC MIX of PEOPLE and CULTURES INSPIRES NEW ‘DREAM’DEVELOPMENT
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’ this Heritage Day. Read more here.
24 September 2015
Ntate Jonas Gwangwa, who received his first trombone from Fr Huddleston, cuts the ribbon to open the new Trevor Huddleston memorial building in Sophiatown on Heritage Day. He was joined by Ms Rethabile Kgoleng, whose grandfather worked with Fr Huddleston in the 1950s. Other guests included Ali Hlongwane, Dorothy Masuku, Bheki Khoza, Marcus Wyatt and over 100 former residents of Sophiatown who came to witness the historic development – the first building since the 1955 removals created for the whole community. Entertainment by Bana Ba Nkwe Tota Cultural Group as well as Neo Leleka Trio, Billy Langa, Vicki Phiri kept Sophiatown’s vibe alive throughout the day.
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.
Sophiatown’s Centenary Year (2012-13). To mark the end of the centenary celebrations, Kofifi Theatre Company, with support from the National Arts Council and others, were proud to present a production of ‘Sophiatown’, the 1986 play by the Junction Avenue Theatre Company. The production had critically acclaimed runs at both the new Soweto Theatre and the Joburg Theatre, during April 2013. This clip is from the Soweto Theatre run April 2013.
Produced by the Trevor Huddleston Centre, with guest director Alexander Gifford from the UK, this production commemorated important milestones from South Africa’s history:
(i) The Centenary of the Native Land Act 1913 that began the process of white people appropriating land from non-whites people which led to forced removals across the country, starting in Sophiatown in 1955 (under the Native Resettlement Act).