Are you looking for fun in the City Of Gold's central business district? Then look no further! We've put together a comprehensive guide to entertainment in the Joburg CBD.
The Hillbrow Theatre Community Centre, home to the Hillbrow Theatre Project, is a unique space that incorporates 5 practice spaces, a dance studio as well as the Hillbrow Theatre itself. The centre comprises a 368-seater theatre built in the 1970’s, which is equipped with a film projector, a sound system and lighting rig. These spaces have been rendered safe environments for learners of all ages to engage with the performing arts in a meaningful way.
Visit The Hillbrow Theatre
The Market Theatre, based in the downtown bohemian suburb of Newtown, was opened in 1976, operating as an independently, anti-racist theatre during the country’s apartheid regime. It is named after an original fruit and vegetable market which was located there.
Visit The Market Theatre
Previously located in Ferreirasdorp (and currently looking for a new home), POPArt stands for People of Performing Art, and that’s exactly what the theatre is all about: providing a platform for the showcasing of some of the freshest work and ideas from some of the hottest emerging and established Performing Arts talents in Johannesburg. From children's theatre to independent productions, POPArt does it all.
Situated in the north of Johannesburg on the main road, is the ABSA bank tower. The ABSA Art Gallery is inside the ABSA tower. The prestigious art competition that allows artists and architects to work together to create a space that accommodated the artworks perfectly, the Barclays L’Atelier is held at the Absa Towers North building in the Johannesburg CBD. The gallery opens Monday to Friday at 8:30 – 16:00 and is closed on weekends and public holidays.
Visit The ABSA Art Gallery
The Standard Bank Gallery is an exciting exhibition space situated in the heart of downtown Johannesburg. Since it opened in 1990, it has become one of the city’s foremost fine art venues. Standard Bank is committed to developing the arts in many facets, but the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg has to be one of the leaders in developing young artistic talent in South Africa. Every year Standard Bank hands out the highly acclaimed and very prestigious Young Artist Award where young artists get the acknowledgment and recognition they need to launch a long-lived and successful career. The best part? Admission to the gallery is free!
In 1991 returning exile and artist Kim Berman and Nhlanhla Xaba, an up-and-coming Soweto artist, founded Artist Proof Studios to develop talented artists from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tragically Xaba died in 2003 in a fire that destroyed the original studio premises. In tribute, the studio's new location at the Bus Factory contains many works salvaged from the fire. Today APS acts as a specialist art education centre with a focus on printmaking.
Visit Artist Proof Studios
It doesn't get any cooler than this! And is an underground club in Newtown. Known for its electronica ranging between techno, house, and drum and bass, And offers a party like no other. The club is known for its TOY TOY and Addictshun club nights and its involvement with Afrika Burn.
Visit And Club
Rocking the Joburg skyline since 1985, Carfax nightclub in Newtown has partied with generations upon generations. Its doors act as a rite of passage to any and all varsity students who attend any of the local universities in town.
The 360-degree Roof of Africa viewing level is a great place to get perspective on the city's incredible scale and many neighbourhoods. Aside from the view, there's little to do up here with just a scuzzy cafe and a small collection of photos, although the telescopes are a welcome addition to the bird's-eye experience. The entrance kiosk and lifts are tricky to find.
Address: Carlton Centre, 150 Commissioner St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2000
Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Fatima Meer. They all served time here, but the precinct also confined tens of thousands of ordinary people during its 100-year history.
Visit Constitution Hill
From an exciting cinema experience to plenty of art galleries and more, Parkhurst is just the place if you're looking to enjoy something unique and out of the ordinary. There's sure to be something for all ages, all you have to do is pop in for a visit and explore this suburb for your self.
In the mood for a movie but don't want to visit one of the overcrowded cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek is an independent 30-seat cinema offering high quality projection, surround sound and comfortable seats, perfect for screening the latest movies. This is an interesting and a beautiful cinema experience you don't want to miss. Visit Egrek Cinema's website to see what's currently showing on their big screen.
Whether you're looking to enjoy some fresh air, walk the dogs, or get in some exercise after a long day at the office, guests and residents can visit Verity Park on 6th Avenue. This is a little green space where you can just escape the rush of everyday life and reconnect with nature for a little bit. Other than being a lovely outdoor area to take the dogs, get active and socialise with family and friends, it also offers a playground equipment to keep the kids entertained and some benches if you just want to relax and take in all the sights and sounds of the park.
You'll find the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 5th Avenue. Here, you'll also find the Parkhurst Clinic and the library, as well as a garden. And just across the street, you'll be able to walk the dogs and enjoy some fresh air at Verity Park, complete with a playground for the kids (which has a spinning wheel, swings and slide) and benches if you're keen on relaxing during your stroll. There are classes and lesson held at this centre from time to time, as well as support groups. Recreational activities include art and drama classes, ballet, bridge, senior exercises, samba lessons and even holiday programs for children.
Contact the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 011 442 6717.
If you have no idea where to start, be sure to make your way to 4th Avenue in Parkhurst and explore your way through the suburb from there! This bustling and ever-popular strip is filled with many shops, restaurants, antiques and more, ready for you to enjoy. It's just the place if you're looking to shop for something unique and exclusive, grab a bite to eat or a refreshing cocktail with your friends, or if you're in need of a night out on the town. There's sure to be something for all tastes on 4th Avenue.
For contemporary fine art, visit the Guns & Rain Art Gallery on 12th Street. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to explore and admire exquisite works of art by emerging artists from seven African countries (namely South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Nigeria) with a focus on social and political issues. Artists include Bev Butkow, Thina Dube, Ann Gollifer, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun and Nicky Marais, just to name a few. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade. Visits are by appointment only, but if you can’t visit in person, you can also view and order art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.
The Art Room, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, is a vibrant venue that plays host to art exhibitions, performance art, auctions, poets, musicians and even wine tastings. The Art Room produces exhibitions throughout the year and also offer unframed artworks available from the Editions Box. So, if you're in need of some inspiration, or simply just want to appease your inner artist, feel free to visit the gallery and view and browse the exhibitions, or have a little chat about art.
Since 2014, the Henry George Gallery on 6th Street has been devoted to showcasing profound works of art from artists from all over the country, whose personal visual interpretations and approaches resonate authenticity and break new ground in art. This gallery seeks out emerging South African talent for collectors and those who are looking for some beautiful local art for their homes.
The Goodman Gallery is one of Joburg's most well known and recognisable art galleries. Situated along the Jan Smuts Art Mile, this contemporary African gallery hosts some of the country's greatest artists and thinkers at its events and exhibitions. Under level 3 lockdown regulations, the gallery will be open to the public by appointment only on weekdays from 09:00 - 17:00 and on weekends from 09:00 - 16:00. Book yourself a slot on the gallery's website or contact them via email at [email protected].
Address: 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
If it's cutting-edge contemporary artistry you're after, look no further than the Stevenson Gallery. With spaces located in Parktown North, Cape Town and Amsterdam, this art house brings together local artists with the best curators from across the world. In level lockdown, the Stevenson's Johannesburg space is open to the public via appointment only. Email them on [email protected] to schedule a visit between 09:00 - 17:00 on Monday to Friday or between 10:00 - 13:00 on Saturdays.
Address: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg.
The Everard Read Gallery is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. Situated along Keyes Arts Mile in Rosebank, it welcomes thousands of visitors a year to exhibitions, events and workshops. However in level 3 lockdown, operations at the gallery and its adjoining venues at the spectacular CIRCA building will be somewhat different. You will now have to book your visit to the gallery via email to ensure that all health and safety protocols may be prepared before your arrival. The gallery is now open on weekdays between 09:00 - 16:00. You can also call them on 011 788 4805 to consult with a curator or artist from your home.
Address: 2 and 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
The Melrose Gallery is one of our favourite art galleries in the city. Here you will find an unexpected display of modern Pan-African art and sculpture from the likes of Dr Willie Bester, Dr Esther Mahlangu and Pitika Ntuli. Pop by on your way through the Melrose Arch Precinct for a good dose of arts and culture. The Melrose Gallery is open in level 3 lockdown on Monday to Saturday between 09:00 - 18:00 and on Sundays between 09:00 - 16:00.
Address: 10 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
While not strictly an art gallery, Victoria Yards certainly offers a diverse array of fine art, sculpture, crafts and bespoke design from their on-site artists. Make a trip to visit their artist studios and stores in level 3 lockdown to find your next custom art or furniture piece. Foakes Coffee is also open, so you can grab a cuppa along your way through the Yards. You needn't make an appointment, but you must comply with COVID-19 health and safety precautions at all times.
Address: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.
Not quite ready to venture out into the city? Check out these virtual art exhibitions being hosted by Joburg's top art galleries.
The Melrose Gallery is renowned for its rich collection of Pan-African art and sculpture. One of the gallery's most acclaimed artists, Pitika Ntuli has been hard at work for over three years constructing his latest body of work. Entitled Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source), this display is made up almost entirely of bone. The Melrose Gallery, in partnership with the National Arts Festival, present this exhibition online between 25 June to 02 August 2020. You can view the exhibition on the Melrose Gallery website or via the National Arts Festival's online platform. Each of the artworks will also be accompanied by voice recordings by the artist, as well as a number of poets, writers, thinkers and makers.
The Standard Bank Art Gallery was in the middle of their first major exhibition for 2020 when COVID-19 was declared a national disaster. The Lumieres 'd Afriques exhibition was set to bring 54 artists from around Africa to the gallery in Johannesburg. Rather than shut the exhibition down completely, the gallery responded by taking it online! You can tour the Standard Bank Art Gallery here and marvel at the work of Africa's finest artists. Hover over a painting or sculpture that intrigues you to watch a short clip by the artist explaining their inspiration and the significance of the piece.
The Gallery has also recently introduced a new online feature - Home Studio Live. Join various Standard Bank Young Artist award winners from their home studios each week for a live, online performance. The Standard Bank Home Studio Live feature will broadcast via their Facebook page each Thursday evening at 20:00. Happy listening!
The Everard Read Gallery has been hard at work to bring you a number of virtual exhibitions during lockdown. Currently, the gallery has two online exhibitions to enjoy:
The Everard Read Gallery has hosted numerous artists and exhibitions since its establishment at its current location in the 1970s. Looking back on its illustrious past, the gallery debuts a multifaceted online programme showcasing pieces that have been exhibited previously at Everard Read, some that have been shown individually, some that have travelled to art fairs and exhibitions around the world and others that have never been seen before. Each week the gallery chooses an artist's work to showcase and celebrate. A selection of these pieces will also be available to purchase online, so don't miss out! The exhibition will be showcased online until 31 July 2020.
Still is the third in the Everard Read Gallery's online exhibition series. This latest show comprises works primarily created by invited and gallery artists during lockdown. Reflecting on the quiet contemplation that this time offered, Still examines the varying contradictions and emotions that perpetuate out of a world in lockdown - a pertinent snapshot of a very particular moment in time. Still runs from 18 June - 8 July 2020.
Visit the gallery's website to explore these fantastic projects and to give back to the arts community and those in need. You can also follow the Everard Read on Facebook and Instagram for artist interviews and for details on upcoming virtual exhibitions.
The Stevenson Gallery is one of Johannesburg's most renowned contemporary African art houses. On the day that South Africa's national lockdown was set to begin, the gallery had intended to unveil Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi's new body of work titled Gymnasium. This would have been the artist's first exhibition with the Stevenson, and the gallery took the decision to take it online. Gymnasium will be on display on the gallery's website until 27 June 2020. Click on the multimedia link to watch a guided walk through of the exhibition with the artist himself.
The Stevenson Gallery has also been active on Facebook and Instagram daily, providing in-depth analysis of some of their resident pieces and previous exhibitions. Join in on the conversation to learn more about contemporary African art while you're stuck at home!
One of the most recognisable art institutions in Joburg, the Goodman Gallery has stepped up to the virtual viewing party in excellent fashion. In response to nationwide gallery closures, this world-class art house has created their very own virtual viewing room, offering art lovers online exhibitions, film festivals and much more to explore during the lockdown period. Once every two weeks this platform presents a new bespoke exhibition curated for dynamic online viewing, complete with audio and video clips directly from the artists and curators to accompany you on your digital journey! Check it out here.
The Goodman Gallery also presents How to Disappear - a group exhibition detailing the pervasive modes and technologies of surveillance in the making of contemporary society. You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition or take a closer look at the individual artworks here. How to Disappear will be available on the Goodman Gallery's website until 25 June 2020.
If that wasn't enough to keep you entertained and enlightened, join the Goodman Gallery on Facebook for live artist sit-downs and live streams from around the world. It's a great way to stay connected with fellow art lovers and expand your knowledge on all things art-related during this period.
So, you've never visited the Johannesburg Art Gallery? Here's your chance! JAG have partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring you a virtual iteration of the The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Photography and Resistance exhibition. The title of this work references in part, James Baldwin's book of the same title, speaking to the intangible but pervasive nature of identity. Using works from the JAG collection exclusively by artists of colour, this exhibition looks at the influential role photography played as a visual weapon and means to document the struggle against apartheid.
Once you have thoroughly explored this JAG collection, get out your virtual VISA and go on a tour to the world's best museums with Google Arts & Culture. Their collection spans the globe, traversing the centuries to take you on a journey through art history. Tons of time on your hands? This is the perfect solution, so hurry up and get exploring!
Do you know of any other local museums or galleries offering virtual tours? Let us know about them!
The WITS Art Museum is one of the most accommodating to children, often hosting school tours and family walkabouts. The museum houses over 13 000 African artworks, making it the perfect place to introduce kids to the African art canon. The museum is also spacious and easy to navigate, so kids shouldn't feel too overwhelmed. Afterwards, take them for a light snack at WAM Cafe. They have the most delicious mini quiches and cakes.
Details: University Corner, Corner Bertha (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 11 717 1365 | [email protected]
The Johannesburg Art Gallery is a must-visit for art lovers of all ages. Perhaps not suited to younger children, this gallery is a wonderful place to bring teens with a keen interest in art history. Come and see a collection of Picassos, Pierneefs and Sekotos here. You can also engage with modern art and exhibitions, such as the recent The Art of Comics, presented in association with the French Institute of South Africa. Sign yourself and the kids up to become friends of the gallery, to be the first to be let into the loop about tours, exhibitions and visiting artists.
Details: Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg | 010 594 5544 | [email protected]
If you have never brought the kids to Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, the upcoming school holidays is the perfect time to do so. Not only will they learn about our country's history and the importance of democracy, but there is an array of fantastic art to engage with too. The exhibitions gallery often hosts special events, too. From Thursday, 21 November 2019 to Sunday, 15 December 2019, the gallery will be hosting the On Main Road exhibition, curated by the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. Entrance is free, so bring the kids along to see it.
Details: 11 Kotze Road, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 11 381 3100 | [email protected]
Victoria Yards is a mixed-use arts precinct, which is ideal for family outings. With a number of micro galleries and foodie hot spots, you can spend ample time wandering around here with the kids. There is also more than enough outdoor space for them to run around without causing too much havoc. Victoria Yards also host First Sundays markets, featuring all their usual tenants as well as guest crafters and artisans. Their final First Sunday market for 2019 will take place on Sunday, 01 December between 10:00 - 16:00.
Details: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg | 010 594 5210 | [email protected]
Lilian Gray Art School is one of the most highly reputed art schools for children and adults in Johannesburg. Their annual art exhibition invites parents and prospective students to come and marvel at the fine work produced throughout the year. While not strictly an art gallery, this art school is well worth visiting. Plus, both you and the kids can enroll in classes to learn all the skills you need to create your own masterpieces.
Details: 82 Kessel Street, Fairland, Johannesburg | 076 828 2448 | [email protected]
Take a short drive out of the city to the historical Art Farm in Joburg South. This family-friendly venue welcomes the sound of children's laughter, providing a play area and yummy eats for all. Plus, their stables are filled with artistic treasures, ranging from paintings, to pottery, handcrafted jewellery and much more. There is also a loft bookstore here with over 7000 books to choose from! Bring the kids along for a fun day out among fine art and food.
Details: Plot 56, Klipriver Road, R550, Alewynspoort, Eikenhof, Gauteng | [email protected]
The NIROX Foundation works to promote young artists, designers and sculptors at their exquisite park near the Cradle of Humankind. Come and admire their collection of permanent sculptures and occasional art exhibitions. The sculpture park also features artists in residence and workshop spaces open to the public on Sundays from 10:00. Bring the whole family along for a day out in the fresh air. Once you have thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful surrounds, you can enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch with the family at Baba G's Kitchen. The kids are sure to love this venue, so make some time during the holidays to treat them to a visit.
Details: R540 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, Gauteng | [email protected]
Do you know of any other child-friendly art galleries in the city? Let us know about them!
Kicking off the tour on Jellicoe Avenue is the Everard Read Gallery. Africa's oldest commercial art gallery, the Everard Read celebrated its centenary year in 2013. A truly Pan-African artist hub, this gallery features some of Africa's finest modern and contemporary artists. However, they also source fine art from across the world. The Everard Read building itself is also a celebrated icon of South African post-modern design. Developed in the late 1970s, it is one of Rosebank's many architectural masterpieces. Be sure to bring your camera along.
Details: 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 011 788 4805 | [email protected]
Right opposite the Everard Read is Circa on Jellicoe. Undoubtedly one of the finest contributions to recent architecture, this dome-shaped building beckons visitors with its gleam and prestigious exterior. Built in 2009 as an extension of the Everard Read Gallery, Circa displays an intersperse of contemporary art exhibitions with human technology and scientific installations. With its subtle curved walls, this is the perfect place to exhibit interactive art. Hop right on over from the ER building to experience a whole new take on modern art and design.
Details: 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Just a hop and a skip away from the Circa building is Joburg's famous Keyes Arts Mile! An assemblage of galleries, designs stores and fine restaurants, this mixed-use precinct is a must-visit. Hosting regular art talks and workshops, this is a dedicated artist's hub. Stop by here for the finest fresh produce, a yummy burger and milkshake or simply to take in the beauty of the artistic surrounds.
Follow them on Facebook to see upcoming events and exhibitions.
Details: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 011 888 8433 | [email protected]
At the end of the Arts Mile, you will come across the Trumpet on Keyes Building. An art and design centre, this is a hot spot for new age ideas. The centre houses two galleries, the first being the TMRW Gallery. Blending the seemingly incongruous worlds of art, technology and augmented reality, the TMRW Gallery presents art right at the cutting edge. If you are looking for a gallery experience unlike any other, then add this art centre to your list. Be prepared to see art in a whole new light.
Details: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 072 195 1676 | [email protected]
The second Trumpet on Keyes resident is the SMAC Gallery. First established in Stellenbosch, the gallery opened its doors in Rosebank in 2016. Representing a number of established South African and international artists, including Willem Boshoff, Jody Paulsen and Musa N. Nxumalo, the SMAC Gallery regularly presents large-scale historical exhibitions and projects. Offering a critical re-evaluation of South African art history within a global dialogue, this is the perfect place to round off your first leg of the Jan Smuts art row.
Details: 1st Floor, The Trumpet, 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 010 594 5400 | [email protected]
From Keyes Avenue, head back onto Jan Smuts. Between a strip of upmarket restaurants, bars and businesses, you will find the Goodman Gallery. It's almost impossible to miss it, with its stark white walls and unique design, the building stands out from the busy main road. Some of the biggest names in South African art have their work represented here, including William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson and David Goldblatt. The Goodman Gallery prides itself on being a springboard for many of these artists' careers, and consequently, their contributions to social and political emancipation. Don't skip past this exceptional art house.
Details: 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | 011 788 1113 | [email protected]
David Krut Projects is an alternative arts institution dedicated to promoting careers in the arts. Their Parkwood gallery features an adjacent bookstore, which stocks some of the most diverse material on art, design, fashion and film in Johannesburg. If you have any interest in printmaking, lithography, design or collage, visit the David Krut gallery and bookstore. They work in close collaboration with printmakers and artists such as William Kentridge too. Visit them for a learning experience, visual feast and the chance to mingle with high-profile art makers.
Details: 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | 011 447 0627 / 011 880 4242
Further along Jan Smuts, you will come across Gallery MOMO, a contemporary exhibition space rooted in Pan-African and Diasporic art forms. Representing fine artists, sculptors, portrait artists and installation artists, this gallery offers a wide array of forms to marvel over. The artwork exhibited here has a distinct South-Africaness about it. Often featuring scenes of everyday people, living their everyday lives, these pieces reflect our society in a subtle, but outstanding way. Come through to feel a sense of connection with the city and its people.
Details: 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg | 011 327 3247 | [email protected]
As your journey comes to an end, take a moment to appreciate all the wonder you have seen at these top galleries. Our final stop is the Stevenson Gallery, also located on 7th Avenue. Exhibiting South Africa's pre-eminent performance and visual artists, the Stevenson is the home of weird and wonderful art. Representing the likes of Penny Siopis, Steven Cohen, Zanele Muholi and Portia Zvavahera, you can't go wrong with this modern art house. Make this last stop count by taking as many photographs as you can, of yourself, and the art.
Details: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg | 011 403 1055 | [email protected]
Do you know of any other art galleries located along Jan Smuts Avenue? Let us know about them!
What Is It?
For one night, the public is invited to explore Johannesburg's museums and cultural institutions after-hours and of course free of charge. Participating museums are free and open to the public from 17:00 - 22:00 on the night. There are no tickets simply review the programme and decide where you want to go.
Each museum has a primary programme of current exhibitions, supported by a secondary programme of workshops, performances, talks and other activities. Review the detailed programme for each site online or download the printable programmes closer to the event date. But for now make sure you, your family and friends are at this incredible event. This is the first edition of Museum Night in Johannesburg, with a limited museum programme. So make sure you are there! The participating museums are as follows:
When Is it?
Thursday, 19 September 2019 at 17:00 - 22:00.
Where Is It?
Most of the museums around Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
All you need to do is RSVP on their Facebook page.
For More Information
Visit this website for more information.
Once in Joburg exploded onto the Jozi scene at the end of 2016, as the first *poshtel, identified under the umbrella company Once Travel, with sister hotel Once in Cape Town. A poshtel - AKA a posh hostel - combines the luxuries of a boutique hotel with the energy and excitement of a backpackers hostel! It's a unique concept and is definitely something you need to check out if you're looking to experience the best of Joburg. And with the launch of their brand-new “Once Business” concept, it's a new space where you can do it all - sleep, eat, work and explore.
This hybrid accommodation concept boasts both private double and twin standard rooms, and four-bed multi-share dorms, all with en suite bathrooms. All rooms offer basic luxuries such as hair conditioner, crisp white linen, flat screen TVs (privates only), safety deposit box and block out curtains. As for the multi-share rooms, they provide a more budget-friendly option for the solo traveller or a group of friends look for adventure. Costs start from R190 per person*.
Let's move onto the facilities! This includes a cinema room, small conference and meeting rooms, co-working space, communal entertainment area, large open kitchen, free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking, a restaurant and bar, laundry service, bike hire and 24-hour reception. Breakfast is included at the on-site restaurant and bar called The Immigrant.
Once in Joburg is centrally located in trendy downtown Braamfontein. The Braamfontein precinct is up and coming, offering inner-city goers endless options of co-working spaces, art galleries, museums, designer boutiques, vintage shopping, nightlife hot spots, farmer’s markets and so much more.
The dynamic team curates a variety of experiences to showcase the best of our bustling city. Join in on local adventures such as the Braam By Bike tour which is curated, owned and led by Zodwa, a local Sowetan. She will take you around the neighbourhood on a bicycle, uncovering street art, culture, history and cuisine. It's an absolute must! Try a traditional beer brewing experience (umqomboti) set in a family home in Soweto, or attend their monthly First Thursdays with live DJs and film screenings.
There's also daily free walking tours, graffiti walks, yoga classes and pub crawls leave from reception – locals are more than welcome to join in! Let's not forget to mention, an artist exchange is offered where a large blank canvas in every room is painted by an artist, both local and international, in exchange for accommodation. It brings people from different parts of the world together to share stories and experiences, as well as culture, music and art. How unique!
If you're a virtuoso, then make sure you hop on an overland truck with Once in Joburg and go on a musical journey to the coolest events around the country, such as AfrikaBurn (Africa’s version of Burning Man: Karoo - April), Bushfire Festival (Swaziland - May), Rocking The Daisies (Darling – September), OppiKoppi (Limpopo – October), and Afropunk which will be returning to Constitution Hill for NYE 2018 – a stones throw from Once in Joburg. Join the festivities: you’re never alone and never without a local.
For bookings or more information about Once In Joburg, call 087 057 2638 or visit www.once.travel.
Over the past four years, Parkhurst has gone through a massive revamp with many cool new places that have popped up. Here's what's new to the hood.
Parkhurst was developed as a suburb in 1904, but it wasn't until 1938 that a couple of shops sprung up. In the 70s Parkhurst got its first antique store and others followed suit until it was dubbed "antique alley". But it was only in the mid-90s that this lovely little suburb saw its first coffee shop. This opened the floodgates for restaurants, cafes and delis to take over the area.
From the hair salon, Hair Traffic, to our favourite bookstore, Ricks Books, Parkhurst has something for everyone. There is also an array of small boutique clothing stores for ladies, and fashion houses such as Paul Smith and Desray can be found here.
Head to Parkhurst hungry and you'll leave stuffed with the best food on the planet. On 4th Avenue you will find restaurants such as Craft (known for their stellar milkshakes), Bottega Cafe (pretty chilled place serving Italian food), and Coobs (owned by one of our favourite bistro chefs, James Diack). Also be sure to check out the pizzas at Jolly Roger - half price Wednesdays and Sundays are the best, even though it gets super packed.
Art And Antiques
Whether you are looking for that perfect painting to hang above your Bauhaus-inspired couch or wanting to add to your ceramic collection, Parkhurst has all of the above and more. There is a wide range of art galleries and dealers, such as the Cow Artworks and the Art Room, so you will most certainly find the quirk that tickles your fancy hidden somewhere along 4th Avenue.
By Shawn Greyling
Have you been to Parkhurst lately? Let us know if we've left out any of the latest additions to this ever-evolving neighbourhood. Make a journo's day and share this article on social media.
At the age of five, Danielle Wepener picked up a paintbrush, dipped it in fabric paint and doodled on a sheet of fabric. Little did she know that this first attempt at creating something would turn into a lifetime obsession. Abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock once said that painting has a life of its own and it is the artist's duty to let that life come out. This rings true when looking at the pieces Danielle creates today.
Because of her talent, Danielle received consecutive postgraduate merit awards to further her studies for a Master of Arts in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Danielle's completed canvases have formed part of many esteemed group exhibitions in Joburg, such as the annual Turbine Art Fair in Newtown and the Painters Show at Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein. She constructs her own stretch canvases – adding a level of intimacy to her abstract style of work. One of her most notable works (and a personal favourite of ours), Through Surface as Space, hangs at the Turbine Hall in Newtown. Danielle has also won the prestigious Wits Fine Art Martienssen Prize after her second year entering; she had received an honourable mention in her first attempt.
Danielle's medium of choice depends on what the empty space in front of her calls for. More often than not, the canvas is painted with acrylic and enamel and on other days it yearns for ink. The beauty of creating something captivating without a visual reference – which abstract art is known for – is that it pushes the imagination to its limits. When looking at Danielle's art, you can almost hear the rhythm of her paintbrush and knife as they tap to their own beat.
Here's an interview we did with Danielle over a cup of coffee in her hometown of Krugersdorp.
Have a look at Danielle's website for more information.
Let us know in the comments below what you thought of our interview.
By Shawn Greyling
Art It Is, located in Parkwood, curates and supports undiscovered promising artists in Johannesburg. At this gallery you can also buy some of their great contemporary art works at affordable prices. The gallery collaborates with designers, decorators, architects, corporates and everyday people in a non-intimidating manner, making art accessible to anyone and everyone.
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Gallery 2 (formerly known as Gallery on the Square) is located along what is known as the "Art Strip" on Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkwood. Over the last two decades this gallery has established itself as one of Joburg's premium fine art galleries. Exhibiting the likes of Kim Berman, Carl Roberts, Andrew Sutherland and John Baloyi, Gallery 2 is a must-visit for fine art enthusiasts.
Details: 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg | +27 11 447 0155/98 | [email protected]
Res Gallery is another "Art Strip" resident. However, this gallery founded by Ricardo and Simone Fornoni with Steven Goldblatt, is all about new media and digital art. Their focus is on promoting digital media art, from limited edition prints to interactive installations, and mixed media artworks. Old boundaries are challenged and new ideas emerge here. Visit them to explore new notions about what it means to be human.
Details: 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg | +27 (0)74 141 2091 | [email protected]
You are spoilt for choice here, as David Krut Projects have two gallery locations in Johannesburg. You can stop by the original gallery space in Parkwood, or take a trip to the trendy Maboneng Precinct to visit their second venue. The gallery based at Arts on Main, produces fine art editions with artists William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Deborah Bell and a number of other South African and international artists.
As another bonus, the David Krut Projects galleries both boast impressive bookstores just nearby. Specialising in art books and unique coffee table collectibles, the David Krut Bookstore should be your first stop on the way back from the gallery.
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Parkwood certainly is the place to go in Joburg for great art! Another Parkwood gallery, Art It Is prides itself on being a welcoming space for everyone, from seasoned art critics to the everyday man. This gallery space also breaks the rules by doubling as a place to buy local art at affordable prices. Their extensive art library is well stocked with works by the likes of Isabella Mostert, Alex Vosloo and Alexandre and many more. If you are looking for a local art piece to decorate your home, this is the place to find it. Check out their online store before you visit.
Details: 11 Chester Rd, Parkwood, Johannesburg | +(27) 11 880 6961 | [email protected]
The Maboneng Precinct is home to surprisingly few public fine art galleries. However, in 2016 the trendy suburb became the permanent residence of the AGOG Gallery. A dedicated arts and performance venue, this gallery space is a hub for both local and international artists. It spans two floors and is open five days a week from 11:00 in the morning until 02:00 at night! This is a must-visit venue for night owls looking for something to do in the city.
Details: 12 Lower Ross St, Maboneng, Johannesburg | 079 458 5350 | [email protected]
The ABSA Art Gallery offers art lovers something a little different. Located within the Barclays Towers North building in Johannesburg CBD, the ABSA Gallery combines creative with corporate. But, this does not mean that only art scholars are welcome to visit this space. Anyone with an interest in art is sure to find something to delight their senses amongst the gallery's extensive collection. From large-scale commissioned pieces to young contemporary artists and historical South African pieces dating back to the 1900s, the ABSA Gallery has it all.
Details: 161 Main Street, Johannesburg CBD | 011 350 5139
If there is just one gallery on this list you must visit, it's the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Situated within the iconic Joubert Park, the Johannesburg Art Gallery boasts a collection of 17th-century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th-century British and European art, and 19th-century South African works. Plus, for those of you with a more modern taste in art, there are 20th-century contemporary pieces, as well as recent works. JAG is the largest fine art gallery on the continent. From Picasso to Pierneef, they have everything you need to become a true art admirer.
Details: Cnr Klein and King George St, Joubert Park, Johannesburg CBD | 011 725 3130 | [email protected]
Last, but certainly not least is the Stevenson Gallery. Formerly located in Braamfontein, the Stevenson Gallery now occupies an even larger venue in Parktown North. This is where contemporary art lives - exhibiting a wide range of artists including Zanele Muholi, Steven Cohen, Penny Siopis and Portia Zvavahera. Great debates happen here. Visit them if you are interested in engaging with artists and fellow thinkers.
Details: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg | +27 (0)11 403 1055 | [email protected]
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