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.
theMix 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.
Fietas Removals Remembered June 1976 – forced removals continued
June 16 1976 – 40 years ago this year the youth of South Africa rose up in protest against Afrikaans being imposed as the language of tuition; it was a turning point for the country.
In a corner of Johannesburg another protest raged – the forced removal of people from Fietas-Verdedorp: we remember those days with photographs by Mike Feldtman and Barry Orlek
Click here to download the media release.
The month we traditionally commemorate the forced removals from Sophiatown.
These photos show some former residents securing name and address plates to the installation to create a rich and diverse ‘story wall’ about the history of Sophiatown.
The wall will be created in collaboration with artists, former and current residents over the course of 2016. To sponsor a ‘wall plate’ for a current or former resident contact Tshepo: 011 673 1271.
The Heritage Wall was generously sponsored by Design Indaba and Nedbank.
The wall can be viewed as part of visiting the heritage centre – open every day except Sunday, 0900-16h00. Heritage tours and walks daily – bookings: 083 550 7130 or 011 673 1271
To read more about the unveiling of remembrance screen click here
We were delighted to host Leaders Quest in March 2016, with 50 of their South African partners represented for a day exploring ‘Compassion X ‘ – the gap between cleverness and wisdom, and how compassion can help us as leaders to close the gap.
We have worked with LQ for over 8 years now since their first South African Quest, and look forward to many more interactions around this theme of leadership with compassion.
For more info see : http://www.leadersquest.org/home
Exhibition highlights historical work
Walking Tours of Sophiatown can be booked Monday-Saturday on 011 673 1271 / 083 550 7130 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For our next Jazz Encounter is on 30 July 2016 – Adam Glasser for more information click here:
The Trevor Huddleston Centre together with CanBeeDone invite you to join us as we dedicate our 67 Minutes to serving tea for pensioners and elders in Sophiatown at 71 Toby Street
For more click here.
VENUE HIRE AT SOPHIATOWN THE MIX
The spaces are available for private hire with the profits going to support 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 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.