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THMC is based in Sophiatown and works as a catalyst for young people to learn, take action and achieve their goals for life, while linking to and serving, the wider community. Our mission is inspired by the work of Father Trevor Huddleston who stood against discrimination, and provided educational opportunities for thousands of South Africans, throughout his life.

Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, Corner of Good & Herman Streets, Sophiatown, Johannesburg . Post: PO Box 468, Westhoven 2142.  

Email: thmcentre@mweb.co.za   Tel: +27 (0) 11 673 1271   Fax: +27 (0) 11 252 7976


Registered section 21 not-for-profit association no 2000/006377/08

The Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre. NPO no 020 393

             Patrons: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Ambassador Abdul Minty, Rev Mpho Tutu

Hon Sophie du Bruyn MP, Emeritus Archbishop Khotso Makhulu




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Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre

This beautiful historic 1930s house was the former home of Dr A B Xuma.  Now a museum, the house is also available for private hire for functions such as book launches,  film location, corporate receptions and promotions. Call: 011 673 1271 for info.  www.sophiatown.net


Thanks to the National Department of Arts & Culture, the National Lotteries Board (NLDTB), and the City of Joburg, the new building will house the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre programmes in a a state of the art environmentally ‘green’ structure, promoting green businesses, training and work experience for young people.


By night the building will become a cultural space for all hosting film, theatre, dance and all manner of social events aimed at reviving the spirit of old Sophiatown.  See www.Sophiatown.net for more info.


On Friday 25 July THMC hosted guests from all over the province to ensure the ground breaking for the new sophiatown enterprise and cultural centre was celebrated in style.  Over 200 people joined musicians, poets, religious leaders and activists to give the project the best start - songstress Dorothy Masuku led the singing. Here is a selection of photographs from the day.

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Hugh Masekela pays tribute to Fr Huddleston in London, 60 years after receiving his first trumpet.


Hugh Masekela opens the Bishop Trevor Huddleston Centenary evening in London on June 17 2014, hosted by the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre and St James's church Piccadilly.

The evening marked the end of the centenary celebration  for Father Huddleston's birth, and launched the Father Trevor Huddleston Arts Bursary for 2014-2015.

An invited audience enjoyed Hugh's reflections on his career, the role of Father Huddleston in supporting the young musicians at St Peter's School, and where South Africa is headed now, as a still young democracy.


Click here to see a short UK television interview with Bra Hugh where he pays tribute to Fr Huddleston.



The Future Is All Green Business In Sophiatown

EXHIBITION & CULTURAL PROGRAMME
Bloke Modisane (In) a Way Back

For more information, please contact Rinkie At 011-673-1271/083 550 7130 or email thmcentre@mweb.co.za


Children of the Light


The first documentary film about the life of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  a THMC patron, will screen in Cape Town next week.


  Here is a trailer


We hope to have news of a Jozi screening soon

In 2012, we came across works by Sophiatown writer William ‘Bloke’ Modisane from his time in exile in Germany and other countries. In 2014, we welcome these works to the National Archives of South Africa. We now celebrate Bloke Modisane in the place he once called home: Sophiatown. And ask: Would he do so today? What constitutes a ‘home’? Discuss: www.blokeishome.com


EXHIBITION DATES: 6 September – 30 October 2014

Monday to Thursday 10h00 – 14h00

Saturday – 9h00 – 13h00

Closed on Fridays and Sundays except by appointment.


Venue: Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre (SHCC), Corner of Toby St & Edward Rd, Sophiatown.


The new exhibition featuring Bloke Modisane's archives is on for Heritage Month.  We were honoured to host former Deputy President at the opening on September 6th.


Zwelakhe Mtsaka, THMC board member, used Modisane's own words about Sophiatown, from his seminal work 'Blame me on history' to introduce the event, and the question asked of us by the curators is 'what does home mean to you'.  Postcards inviting your response become part of the exhibition - drop in and share your feeling about 'home', as we welcome Modisane 'in a way, back home'.


Upcoming event in Sophiatown


PAPER PLANE CITY










CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE ON FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER AT 8PM

PAPER PLANE CITY IS A SPECIALIST FUSION  COVER BAND  FROM NORTHERN JOHANNESBURG FEATURING SOULFUL RHYTHM FROM GUITARIST NICO STRYDOM, BEATS FROM BARRIE  VAN ZYL ON DRUMS AND THE SENSUAL VOICE OF CORNE CROUS MORE>>

 The Steve Biko Foundation












Remembering Bantu Steve Biko, the Black Consciousness activist and Struggle hero died at the age of 30 on September 12, 1977, in political detention, after being horrifically tortured. More on www.sbf.org.za