District Six Museum’s May Supper Club presents TERRY FORTUNE

Meet Terry Fortune over a supper of tomato bredie and rice, with sago pudding for dessert followed by coffee and tea. A welcome drink will be served on arrival

THURSDAY, 28th MAY 2015

18h00 – 20h00 sharp

District Six Museum Homecoming Centre

15 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Tickets are R 150 per person, and should be booked in advance by emailing reception@districtsix.co.za or calling Zahra on 021 466 7200

Terry Fortune is a veteran of South Africa’s music and entertainment industry. He was born in the year that the National Party came to power – 1948. He went on to defy the Calvinist conservatism that dominated society and became the first black man to choose ‘female impersonation’ as a vehicle for his alter ego and career.

Terry has worked and travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa, Europe, Brazil and the UK.  A remarkable aspect of his career is that he worked mainly in the ‘straight’ entertainment market as opposed to the ‘gay’ market where this kind of entertainment is most welcomed. He performed in drag at both the Namibian and Mozambique Independence, and at the ultra-conservative ‘Dutch Reformed Church synod conference’.

Terry has appeared in cabaret, extravaganzas, musicals and in 2009 won the Fleur de Cap award for ‘Best performer in a musical’ for his role in Songbook.

Recently he started writing his autobiography as a series of Facebook entries entitled   ‘Faces of ‘Fortune’ and spends his free time nurturing young artists and teaching them life skills.

With the kind support of BRIMSTONE

BOXING GHOSTS: Seminar with the Institute for the Humanities in Africa, UCT


Kurt Campbell’s ‘Boxing Ghosts’ exhibition opens at 13h00 on Saturday, 23rd May 2015, at the D6M Homecoming Centre. The exhibition features augmented reality and live boxing demonstrations!


The Institute for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA), UCT will facilitate a public conversation about ‘Boxing in the life of the city’ on the same day of the exhibition opening. Speakers include the artist, Kurt Campbell.

The Heavy-Bag Boxing Gym

The boxing gym installed in the gallery serves as a functional public artwork. It is a modern recreation of the famed “Western Cape Sporting Club” situated in the District Six area circa 1915.

The gym is accessible for the duration of the exhibition. At various times of the day, professional instructors will be present to demonstrate how to ‘throw a punch’ correctly.

This gym will travel to various locations around the city to encourage the practice of disciplining both the body and the mind, a crucial aspect of life for the boxers featured in this exhibition.

Those who make use of the boxing gym do so at their own risk.

Viewer engaging the interactive artworks

This exhibition deploys a variety of three-dimensional objects associated with the practice and training of boxing. These objects are brought into conversation with the District Six Museum Boxing Archive using interactive technology. This technology incorporates tablet computers and augmented reality software that make digital archival images visible to the viewer.


Boxer Sam Andrews; Donor – Barney de Vries


Advert for boxing match at the National Theatre, William Street, District Six, 1915. Donor: Maurice Hommel

Advert for boxing match at the National Theatre, William Street, District Six, 1915. Donor: Maurice Hommel

INSIDE KOBANE – photo exhibition and documentary film screening

Open for viewing on 4 June 2015, from 5pm

Film screening and discusion starts at 6:30pm

District Six Museum Homecoming Centre,

Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Cape Town-based journalist, photographer and independent documentary filmmaker Yazeed Kamaldien will showcase his photos and 23-minute documentary film INSIDE KOBANE in Cape Town on June 4.

Kamaldien traveled to Kobane, Syria, in March 2015 to uncover the humanitarian impact of global terror group Islamic State (IS) on the local population.

Kobane is a humanitarian disaster with countless homes and buildings destroyed in clashes as Islamic State fighters battled against Kurdish military and American-led coalition airstrikes.

Kamaldien travelled to refugee camps in Turkey, where Kurdish refugees displaced by Islamic State fighters have been seeking safety.

His photographs depict scenes from the Kurdish refugee camps in Turkey, as well as what Kobane looks like at the moment.

The film offers personal stories from Kobane, as well as interviews with officials on how they intend to assist refugees and help rebuild their lives.

Kamaldien says his intention is to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation. “My work often is about bringing to the public consciousness the stories of people who have suffered or are marginalized. I want to connect readers and audiences with these stories and people that they would perhaps never have encountered,” he says.

The photographic exhibition and film screening is supported from the District Six Museum as well as the Kurdish Human Rights Action Group who will be part of a discussion on human rights, displacement and the Kurdish plight after the film screening.

This event is on the same night as  First Thursdays that intends to expose inner-city creative efforts to the public.

For more information contact Yazeed Kamaldien on yazkamaldien@gmail.com or 082-682-2438.

BOXING GHOSTS: An exhbition by Kurt Campbell

Boxing Ghosts is an interactive art exhibition that engages the District Six Museum archive on boxing. It is curated by artist, Kurt Campbell

Opening on Saturday, 23 May @ 13hoo

District Six Museum Homecoming Centre

15 Buitenkant Street Cape Town

Daily gallery hours: 10h00 -14h00
23 May-6 June 2015

For more information

Tina Smith:  tina@districtsix.co.za

Tel: +27214667200

About the artist: http://www.kurt-campbell.com/

MEMORY AGAINST FORGETTING: A photographic journey through South Africa’s history 1946 – 2010.

Meet Ranjth Kally in conversation with Kalim Rajab

BOOK LAUNCH at the DISTRICT SIX MUSEUM, 25A Buitenkant Street.
THURSDAY 21 May, 6 for 6.30pm
RSVP to enquiries@quivertree.co.za / 021 616808

‘Durban-born Ranjith Kally’s award-winning photographic career has spanned more than four decades. Much of his work was published in DRUM magazine where he worked between 1955 and 1985…’

He captured iconic scenes, such as his portrait Umkumbane, which has come to symbolise the shimmering jazz age of African townships in the 1950s. When Miriam Makeba returned to Maseru, Lesotho, for a concert for black South Africans at the height of apartheid, Kally too ventured to Lesotho and returned home with a remarkable image of an exiled singer poised between joy and heartbreak. And in a series of unflinching portraits, he documented with probity the horror of the forced removals in Natal. In short, the wider appreciation of his contribution to our struggle for dignity needs to remembered and fully embraced for current South Africans intent on honouring their past.

Presented by the Book Lounge and Quivertree Publications

For more information:

About the book

About the author

Info sheet

Roland Colastica’s DESIRE: Every soul tells a story

Wednesday, 20th May 2015
18.30 for 19.00
Prestwich Ossuary
C/O Somerset Road and Buitengracht Street
Enquiries: 021 4667200 / reception@districtsix.co.za


Roland Colastica and Storytelling

Roland Colastica is a contemporary storyteller, writer, actor and poet who uses his performances -to reveal his theatrical storytelling and writings- to create instruments to support this fighting.

What is storytelling other than to make the listener experience the reality of humankind that everyone faces; every heart and every soul tells a story. Storytelling makes people understand that each soul has its own story.

Curaçao is a small island off the coast of Venezuela, South America and is still a colony of The Netherlands. As part of the Dutch kingdom, it was the most important point of sale for the Dutch slave trade.

Six hundred thousand slaves were forced to leave their homes in Ghana and other parts of Africa to make the horrific journey to the Caribbean – to Curaçao – where they were sold to plantation owners in most of the islands of the Caribbean, Suriname, Brazil and the southern USA.

Despite the pain that we inherited from this horrific part of our history, these African ancestors left us one of the most precious treasures a community can desire which are our traditional stories. These stories combined with those of the ancestors of former white rulers left behind, enriched even more the treasure box of our oral stories.

All these stories tell the enormous desire of humanity, whatever these were; from slaves that wanted to fly back to Africa to whites and blacks falling in love which was prohibited. From the fable about the Nanzi, the smart and sly spider who knew how to trick the King (read the slave owner) and get advantage over him for its own benefit, to young mothers who trust their new borns to the huge eagle.

These stories tell so much about our past reality that has made us the people we are today – a community that is constantly fighting for respect of its identity; a community that is convinced it can determine its future by knowing its true past.

Roland Colastica, as a contemporary writer writes about present topics like the desire of the modern man to talk about his emotions when his wife is pregnant among other themes.

Summary of Performances

  • In 1999: celebration of the “Quincentenary of Written History of Curacao” for his Royal Highness Prince Willem Alexander together with Jacques Visser and Dana Kibbelaar.
  • In 2002: celebration of the Royal wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Máxima in Curaçao.
  • In 2005 celebration of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix 25th anniversary as Queen of The Netherlands.
  • In 2013: cultural event for an official visit of Queen Beatrix to Curacao, which later on turned out to be her last visit to Curaçao as the Queen of the Dutch Kingdom.
  • In 2014 he was made responsible for producing a huge cultural manifestation as a welcome gift from the Curacao community to King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Máxima, on their first visit as king and Queen to Curaçao. King Willem Alexander is the First King of the Dutch Kingdom since the passing away of King Willem the 3th in 1890. For this manifestation Roland was chosen not only to write, to direct and to produce, but also to be the master of ceremony, in which position he could address the King and Queen personally. His assistant in this was former Lieutenant Governor Ms. Lizanne Dindial.
  • It was in 2004 that Roland was invited by the IDEA organization to attend to their International Conference then held in Ottawa Canada. In 2007 this same organization invited him to their Conference held in Hong Kong.
  • For his theatre achievements Roland was honored, in 2006, with the most prestigious “Cola Debrot Award”, a Cultural Award given for ‘theatre’ only once in 6 years.
  • In 2010 he received the decorations of the “Knight of the Dutch Kingdom”.
  • Roland has written and published several books for children and adults as well as plays in his native language Papiamentu.
  • In 2012 Roland wrote his first children novel in Dutch entitled “Vuurwerk in mijn hoofd” , (Fireworks in my head) which was a huge success.
  • Roland gained popularity in the former Netherlands Antilles as well as in The Netherlands with his successful monologue “Ninga Bon” (denial), directed by the Venezuelan director Carlos Acosta.
  • South Africa, and especially Ms Myriam Makeba, has played a very important role in Roland’s development, growing up and maturing both as a youngster and as an artist. He feels very proud and honoured and still considers it a privilege having met Ms Makeba twice in his life.
  • So when in 2014 Roland was invited to participate at the TWIST writers’ project in Grahamstown, he was more than honored to oblige. In this project he worked with Roel Twijnstra, Emma Durden, Kobus Moolman, Neil Coppen, Ntsieng Mokgoro, Samson AmJay Mlambo, amongst others.
  • In Curaçao he had the honor of working with 2 South African writers in a European literary event called Writers Unlimited: Rayda Jacob and Diana Ferrus.
  • Roland Colastica plays, writes and performs in 4 languages: his native language Papiamentu, his colonial language Dutch, and English and Spanish, languages he speaks fluently. He writes plays and tells stories both for children and adults.

DESIRE: Synopsis
In interaction with the audience, Roland Colastica will sing, tell stories, perform poems and use theatre /acting elements to make the audience experience the beauty of verbal expression.

Desire, a theatrical storytelling performance
Duration: 60 min.
Language: English

For one hour Desire will take the audience back to the past through oral stories and bring them back to our daily life in the present through contemporary stories and poems. Desire will tell the stories of the daily life then of the ancestors of the present black community in Curaçao. It will also give a glimpse into how the colonial times influenced our identity and pulled us away from our African customs and culture as well as how it forced us to fight for afro recognition, even though we are 20.000 km from the African continent.

Every soul tells a story.

(makamba means white dutch man)(Roland Colastica)
Anecdote/satire about a black man winning a lottery
This Black man hates the white’s, because he wanted so badly to be white, for being white stands for everything his heart desires: big house at the shore, fancy cars, good job and even though he has all of these he still wants to be white.

Song: Island in the sun (Harry Belafonte)
Song telling about the daily life on a Caribbean Island

Poetry: Granny on the market place (Emeral Johnson)
An old lady is buying on the market: Taste the creative mixture of the creole language of the Caribbean and the power of the elderly Caribbean woman

Storytelling: Ta mi senglé. Ta mi senglá.
(It is not all gold what shines)
Oral story about a young woman who has one desire in her life and that is to marry a man with only golden teeth in his mouth. She will go through hell to discover that everything that shines is gold.

Song: Laman ta duna. Laman ta tuma
(the sea gives, the sea takes it back)(Clemencia)

Storytelling: Luangu.
(mixed colour)
Oral story about the slaves that wanted to fly back to Africa

Storytelling: Nanzi ku La Muérté
( Spider Nanzi and the Death)
Oral story (slave story) about how Nanzi(spider) defeated even the death.

Song: Nochi pasoleta
(the night is not bringing anything to eat) (traditional song)

Storytelling: Kositu
(little tiny thing of me)
Oral story about a young mother who trust her little baby to the hunting eagle.

Poetry: Pakiko sigui
(Why should I go on) (Fifi Rademaker)

Storytelling: Underwood: (Marcos Gabriel)
Contemporary story about a man’s desire to believe in the real woman. His real love is writing him every day a letter telling him when she will arrive.

Poetry: Pa grasia di matris
(For the grace of a womb)(Roland Colastica
Poem about how easy it is to blame a man for being a bad father

Storytelling: Tata embarasá
(Pregnant father)(Roland Colastica)
Contemporary story about a man during pregnancy and birth of his child

Storytelling: It’s all about hope(Roland Colastica)
Contemporary story about the child in the adult who never will lose hope.

Song: I am in love with life(Roland Colastica)

Junice Augusta manager
Roland Colastica © 2015