Ek Se! is a local phrase meaning ‘I say!’   Our arts, cultural and heritage programmes are designed for people to meet and connect in ways that might surprise them, and open doors for conversations with meaning.   At the heart of ‘Ek Se!’ is sharing our stories.

Join us under the shade of the tree where the real Sophiatown awaits you – come and see and say!

The Sophiatown National Heritage Site in partnership with the City of Johannesburg.

The original 1930s home of Dr A B Xuma is a national heritage site and the permanent exhibition offers insight and information on the heritage and deep significance of past Sophiatown in a ‘bite-sized’ experience.

Situated in the former home of the late Dr AB Xuma, this heritage house is one of the only original Sophiatown homes to escape demolition during the forced removals. It stands as a testimony to the historical and political significance of Sophiatown and the resilience of her people during the height of political resistance and struggle in South Africa.

You can encounter the following in this exciting space:

  • Heritage house tours – see the iconic 1950s photographs of Jurgen Schaderburg and others capturing Sophia’s heyday, hear the music and engage with the stories that connect our rich past with our future.
  • Sophiatown walking tours provides a personal encounter, hosted by expert guides with deep knowledge and insights into the historically significant Sophiatown.
  • Special events in relation to South African heritage including collaborations with the Fietas Museum.

Tours – What you need to know about tours and exhibitions

  • The original 1930s home of Dr A B Xuma has changing and permanent exhibitions offering insights and information on the heritage and deep significance of past Sophiatown in a ‘bite-sized’ experience (1-2 hours)
  • We are open every day from 09h00 – 16h30 for tours, with the exception of Sundays (unless specially booked for group visits). Research and groups (over 10 people) need to be booked in advance.
  • Walking tours take 1.5 hours and a group walking tour on Saturdays leaves the Mix at 11h00. We visit three national heritage sites and hear about icons of culture and leadership.

Prices for our walking tours: per person

Sophiatown Urban Experience every Saturday at 11am or book your own time any day (24 hrs advance): 083 550 7130

Adults R180 / S.A. Residents R120/ Groups of 6 or more R160 per person

Kids under 16  R45. 0 – 6 years FREE

Includes access to 2 national heritage sites, refreshments, guides, exhibition and story-telling,

Heritage House only:  Children (under 16) R25; Adults R60; Groups of 6 or more R45 per person

School groups – please call for prices and booking

Discounted rates are provided for pensioners and larger groups


Cultural and arts events are hosted to support excellence in community arts as well as the world-class jazz musicians from the African continent. We receive no subsidies or sponsorships from government and so your support goes directly to the musicians and performers.

Live music, emerging theatre and upcoming film screenings are at the heart of our programming and you will always discover something exciting with our line-up of local and regular musicians including Marcus Wyatt, Bheki Khoza, Lex Fushane, Siphiwe Shabungu, Rus Nerwich, Adam Glasser and award winning Nduduzo Mahkathini. Click here to view our events calander.

Venue Hire

Sophiatown the Mix offers high quality spaces seating 20-200 people, run by young South Africans inspired by Sophiatown’s heritage, and committed to creating new possibilities for tomorrow.

  • The new environmentally-green building represents the nation’s transition towards the future – a fantastic multi-purpose space that can be used to host your next conference, meeting, workshop, book or album launch.
  • The 1930s ‘treasure’ of the original Sophiatown home of Dr A B Xuma – doctor, political leader and social activist.
  • We have an idyllic garden which is a place of storytelling and connection.

Sophiatown is special – thanks to the team at the Mix we can all sample a taste of the old days as well as build an exciting future, together, as South Africans’. Sophiatown the Mix offers a unique space, professional support and a truly memorable place of inspiration. Whether it’s a corporate event, family celebration, special presentations, book launch or a private gathering, Sophiatown the Mix offers a unique and authentic experience which is tailored to your needs.

We can accommodate up to 50 people for dinner, 30 for board meetings and 45 for bespoke events, theatre style with a buffet area for refreshments.
We’ve hosted Bra Hugh Masekela’s book launch, PlayAfrica’s project with the Chicago Art Gallery, unique conversations with Leaders Quest workshops, Vital Voices networking and our own Community Encounters – regular local dialogues for getting to know one another.


Rinkie Nqolwana

Events Co-ordinator

71-73 Toby Street

011 673 1271 / 083 550 7130


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