The Friends of Cuba Society (FOCUS) will be hosting this all-female choir on Sunday 15 July from 3 to 5pm at St George’s Cathedral. This little taste of Cuba is not to be missed!
The choir is visiting South Africa to perform at the World Choir Games in Tshwane, for the very first time.
This will most likely be their only performance in Cape Town. There is no charge for this event.
It was with great pride that we said farewell to curators Tina Smith and Ayesha Price as they made their way to the cold climes of Grahamstown to install Lionel Davis’ retrospective exhibition, ‘Gathering Strands’. It was a great honour for Lionel to have been nominated as one of the featured artists of the festival. Congratulations once more!
This month’s Supper Club will take on a slightly different format. Usually there is a single storyteller, but, on Thursday 26 July we will be engaging with a panel of young people who will share their take on issues of the day, particularly about leaderships, national icons and Apartheid legacies. What are the issues that trouble them? Do they feel heard and what are their thoughts about the country’s future? What does the term ‘born free’ mean to them, and do they feel nurtured to become tomorrow’s leaders? How does that play out for them today?
In this month of July when the world is focused on the legacy of the iconic Madiba, what are our blindspots in celebrating our national heroes and heroines? How do we honour without erasing the contributions of other leaders?
Supper Club takes place at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre at 15 Buitenkant Street. The July conversation is entitled ‘Young Voices Speak’ and is scheduled for 26 July at 6pm. Booking is essential and the cost is R 150 per person / R 75 for children.
Book through Webtickets, calling Chantal on 021 4667200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The premiere screening of Anwar Omar’s ‘Salt River High: The Untold Story’ at the Homecoming Centre on 16 June – Youth Day – drew a full house! It was great to share in the viewing experience where the contribution of Cape Town schools in the 1976 uprisings, was foregrounded. It was a special treat to have the filmmaker Anwar Omar present to speak to the film and explain briefly why he thought it important to tell this story. It was an added bonus to hear from Geoff Mamputa who was a student activist in Langa during that same time period. Look out for further screenings or invite Anwar to do a screening in your community.
Supper Club attendees responded warmly to Ryland Fisher’s input as he shared his thoughts about living in various parts of the greater Cape Town. He spoke of his influences, his passion for writing, sharing his vision for a different way of being a citizen, and some thoughts about how we might get there. Discussions were heated and hopeful as people shared their own thoughts about collective responsibility, their own moments of doing reality checks and the need to revive activism as a permanent way of building communities.
These are some images of the night.
On Saturday, 7 July participants and artists involved in the Peninsula Maternity Hospital Memory Project bade a final farewell to each other. At this last workshop we watched and provided feedback on the video artwork that is installed in the new District Six Community Day Centre. This video serves as a loving record of the workshop processes, but also the history of the Peninsula through the voices of former staff. We shared what it has meant to be part of this project and the healing process it has brought about. We also want to congratulate them on their creativity and their lively spirits, and while this project has reached its conclusion, we look forward to their involvement in other facets of the Museum’s life.
As part of our commitment to engaging with our own communities’ histories, District Six Museum staff and Seven Steps members visited Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Tuesday 26 June. For many people this was their visit to Lwandle, and for some it was their first up-close encounter with the stories of migrant labourers. The visit to Hostel 33 was particularly enlightening as people heard stories of how migrant labourers and their families made life work for them, despite the limitations of the living space that they occupied.
Arriving at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
Entering Hostel 33, which tells the story of living as a migrant within the living quarters which have been retained as close to what it was when it served as a single-sex hostel under Apartheid. Hostel 33 has been declared a Provincial Heritage Site
Listening to Masa Soko, Manager of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
The posed group shot at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum!