The Windybrow Arts Centre is a unique venue in the heart of one of Johannesburg’s oldest suburbs offering a range of rooms and venues for your conferences, meetings, team building sessions, functions, book launches and rehearsals.
Windybrow started as a large family Home. It dates from the late Victorian Years, first occupied in the year of the Jameson Raid. It’s a house filled with history and the personalities of the original family inhabitants. This mansion was designed by the architect; William Leck (1896) for the Engineer, Industrialist, early Johannesburg Pioneer, benefactor and Educational and civic campaigner Theodore Reunert.
Today the Centre is a space of connection and curiosity for children, youth, the young at heart and families residing in the inner-city of Johannesburg and beyond. Our beautiful rooms can be booked separately or collectively for breakaway sessions and we have a range of additional offerings. These include a tour of Hillbrow, interactive sessions and performances by two resident theatre companies – The KwaSha Theatre Company (www. https://marketartscentre.co.za/kwasha-2022/) , Johannesburg Awakening Minds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrCPdN0Q4SA.) and discounted tickets to Market Theatre productions.
The Windybrow Arts Centre has:
We have three studio spaces for rehearsals, meetings, panel discussions and workshops.
Studio Capacity: 60 people
Music room capacity: 30 people
Size of spaces: 85.6 square meters (Studios) 53.5 square meter (Music room)
One of most beautiful spaces that truly reflects the history and African artistry of South Africa. An original Esther Mahlangu wall painting brings colour and splendour to the room combined with pressed ceiling, stained glass windows and two stylish interlinking tables.
Capacity: 30 people
Size of space: 50.7square meters
A beautiful room for meetings, discussions and workshops.
Size of space: 37.6 square meters
MaHillas Walking Tours have been designed and curated by Lesley Mosweu. Lesley who has lived in Hillbrow all his life is a young storyteller of the complex and vibrant neighbourhood of Hillbrow. He combines history, conversations with resident entrepreneurs and his own experiences and insights growing up in the neighbourhood.
People who do not live there know it as a place full of violence, crime, and inequality and the people who live there know Joburg as a city with history, rich networks of people, plus it a beautiful city that draws new arrivals from across the African Continent.
He is an alumnus of the Hillbrow Theatre Project and a former FirstRand Foundation FirstJob intern. As part his internship in 2019, he designed and ran the Meeting Hillbrow tours which was initiated as part of the Johannesburg Development Agency’s #JoziWalks. Meeting Hillbrow Tours was in partnership with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.
Bad Boyz Security provides guards to ensure the safety of all on the tours.
1.5 hour tour.
2.5 hour tour.