‘From where I am sitting’: Supper Club with Trevor Jones

The 2016 series of District Six Museum ‘Tafel Conversations’ is called ‘From where I am sitting.’

Thursday 31 March 2016: ‘From where I am sitting’: supper and conversation with Trevor Jones

As a young boy in District Six, Trevor Jones spent many hours in the local bioscopes and was even known to bunk school in order to feed this passion.
As a famous Hollywood film score composer, he remembers these early days when he believes his love of film and music was born. As a young man he won a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ. His list of films scores is impressive. They include Notting Hill, Mississippi Burning, Arachnophobia, The Last of the Mohicans, Richard III and GI Jane, amongst others.
We are privileged to have Trevor Jones as our first Supper Club guest for 2016 who will share his story at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre on Thursday 31 March at 18h00.
Tickets for the event which includes a three-course meal, is R 150. Bookings can be made via Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za) or by calling Zahra Hendricks on 021 4667200 or emailing her on reception@districtsix.co.za

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Mini-Exhibition and book launch: ‘HURRY, HURRY ALBERT’

‘Hurry, hurry Albert’ is the nickname affectionately given to the late Albert Johanneson, footballer of note. South African by birth, he became the first black football superstar in the modern English game when he played for Leeds United in the 1960s. The comic book details Albert’s struggles with both apartheid in South Africa and the overt racial prejudice in England at the time. It is also a celebration of Albert’s wonderful footballing achievements.

A reflection on racial prejudice will accompany the comic book launch and exhibition which is scheduled to take place on Human Rights Day, Monday 21 March at 11h00 at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre. The exhibition will be open to the public for three weeks. There is no charge for visiting the exhibition, and requests for guided group tours need to be made ahead of time as it has largely been set up as a self-guided experience.

The comic book has been developed with FURD (Football Unites, Racism Divides)- one on the Museum’s partners based in Sheffield in the UK. It has been illustrated by Cape Town illustrator, Archie Birch and first formed part of our 2010 exhibition on Football and racism.

It is hoped that this exhibition will serve as a catalyst for discussions about matters of racial and other prejudices, and will form part of the Museum’s ongoing Public Education Programmes.

Human Rights Day – 21 March – was officially declared a public holiday in 1994 following the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela. This national public holiday is both a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s constitution, forged on the basis of respecting human rights for all.

Read More: SA History Online

Brief Background to the Comic Book:
On Saturday 1st May 1965, Albert Louis Johanneson became the first black footballer to appear in an English FA Cup Final as Leeds United met Liverpool. Albert was cheered in anticipation by Leeds fans, but also clearly audible were the widespread boos reserved for England’s first Black Superstar.

There were virtually no black professionals in England when, in January 1961, the 20 year old from Germiston township in Johannesburg pulled up his collar against the icy blast as his train pulled into Leeds station.

Albert had grown up in Apartheid South Africa; sadly he found early Sixties Britain a deeply prejudiced country where institutional racism was firmly ingrained.

Fortunately for Albert, on the field with Leeds, Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner took it upon themselves to become the winger’s minders, a sort of early-day anti-racists, defending. Albert against the racist actions of opposition players, fans and club officials.

When new manager Don Revie made Albert his first signing he signalled his determination that lowly Division 2 Leeds were about to build an international reputation. The Real Madrid-style kit soon followed, and as season 1964-5 drew to a close the Yorkshire team were favourites to achieve the League and Cup double. Albert was the exhilarating star of the team, scoring ten times from the left wing that season; but they faltered at the final hurdle, finishing runners-up in both league (to Man Utd) and in the Cup, losing 2-1 to Liverpool.

Now Sheffield-based Football Unites, Racism Divides (FURD) and illustrator Archie Birch from Cape Town have joined forces to publish a 24-page comic book telling Albert’s inspirational,yet sadly poignant story. The partnership project has built on the success of a previous comic collaboration ‘Arthur Wharton, Victorian Sporting Superstar’ between Birch and Howard Holmes, founder of FURD, an anti-racist education project set up in Sheffield in 1996.

Former Leeds and Sheffield United star Brian Deane has welcomed the acknowledgement that Albert received at the 2015 FA Cup Final, which marked the 50th Anniversary of Albert’s appearance at Wembley. Deane commented:

‘As young, football-crazy lads growing up in Chapeltown, Leeds, in the early 1970s, Albert Johanneson was a name that we were all familiar with. Although his career was over, we knew he had been a great player for Leeds United and an inspiration for the next generation of black footballing talent in the city.

He was a true pioneer, and one can only imagine how hard it must have been for Albert as the only black person in the stadium, never mind just on the pitch, in an age when there was open hostility against people purely because of the colour of their skin.

I know he received some terrible stick from opposing fans, but he persevered and became a hero both to the Leeds supporters and the black community in the city and beyond’.

Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure has also warmly backed the Johanneson comic, tweeting a pic of himself reading it and messaging:

‘Great to see FURD producing resources to raise awareness of African pioneers like Albert Johanneson’

The comic has received backing from the SA-UK Seasons 2014-15 programme, a partnership between the British Council and the South African government’s department of Arts and Culture, with additional support from the Fare Network and Professional Footballers Association in the UK, District Six Museum and the South African Football Players Union. 2500 copies each are being distributed in both the United Kingdom and South Africa, and it is hoped that the comic will act as a catalyst for a similar partnership that will develop the subject into an animated film.

‘A MAN OF GOOD HOPE’

The world premiere of this moving and well-crafted production will take place at the District Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town! Be sure to book your tickets well in advance.

The adaptation of the book by Jonny Steinberg portrays the extraordinary odyssey of a young man through Africa, mirroring the experiences of so many displaced people on our continent who eventually end up becoming refugee statistics.

In the signature style of the Isango Ensemble, music plays a central role in the narrative and will be used as an emotional and intellectual comment on the action.

Tickets cost R 100 for adults and R 50 for school-going children and South African pensioners. Please enquire about special rates for registered Seven Steps members. Bookings can be made online by visiting http://www.webtickets.co.za  or by calling Zahra Hendricks at 021 4667200. You can also email her at reception@districtsix.co.za.

Full performance schedule:

Wed 16, Thurs 17, Fri 18, Sat 19 March  at 19h30

Sun 20 March at 14h30

Wed 23, Thurs 24 March at 19h30

Sat 26 March at17h00

Each performance is 2 hours long, with a 15 minute interval between the two sets. Refreshments will be on sale during the interval as well as for 45 minutes before each performance.

Don’t miss this wonderful performance!

District Six Museum is recruiting a Finance Manager

Do you want to be part of a cutting edge heritage institution? Would you like to join a dynamic and creative staff team who are committed to telling the story of forced removals in Cape Town and South Africa, and exploring contemporary legacies? If you are passionate about these issues and if you have the following skills, you should consider coming to work for the District Six Museum.

Purpose of job:

To take overall responsibility for the efficient running of the Museum’s financial function and maintain effective financial systems and policies

Activity areas:
• Prepare the Museum’s annual and quarterly budgets
• Liaise with funders on financial matters
• Administer and report on the Museum’s finances to the Director, management team, board, funders and staff
• Administer the Museum’s payroll
• Maintain the Museum’s accounting system, including all reconciliations
• Monitor and manage the Museum’s cash flow and inter-account transfers
• Report on the Museum’s income and expenditure at organisational level and by project, funder and line item
• Administer petty cash on a daily basis
• Do the Museum’s banking, maintain bank signatories and follow up on bank queries
• Oversee the annual audit and ensure organisational readiness for the audit
• To ensure that the Museum complies with all the necessary regulations
• Play a leadership role as part of the Museum’s strategic management team

Education and Experience required:
Degree or Diploma in accounting or finance related field, or equivalent
A minimum of 8 years of experience in a finance-related position
3 years experience of working at a management level
Some experience in the non-profit or heritage sector will be a distinct advantage

Knowledge:
Knowledge of participatory democracy and the South African political context. Experience in donor management, strategy development and financial management.
Knowledge of PASTEL accounting and payroll package is essential, as well as an advanced working knowledge of MS EXCEL.

Critical Dimensions:

• Demonstrate commitment to Museum’s values
• Valid driver’s licence
• Fundraising ability
• Political acumen
• Financial management experience

Send application with two written references for attention of Bonita Bennett, to nicky@districtsix.co.za, or hand deliver to the Museum at 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. Please note that faxed applications will not be accepted.

Closing date: Friday 18 March 2016