From unique and interesting art galleries and museums filled with history, to fun-filled Sunday markets, the latest blockbusters and hot nightlife destinations offering some of the best cocktails in the city, the suburb of Rosebank has something that'll tickle everyone's fancy when it comes entertainment.
For all the latest blockbusters on the circuit, visit Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at Rosebank Mall. This is just the spot to drop off the kids if you're looking to do some retail therapy at the mall without them pining about being bored. There's always something exciting on the big screen, just don't forget to grab a few snacks and slushies from the kiosk before your movie starts.
After shopping up a storm at The Zone @ Rosebank, why not visit their Ster-Kinekor, choose a movie, grab a few movie viewing treats and put your feet up for a little bit? This is the ideal spot for an impromptu date night – the latest movies, great selection of restaurants and The Fun Company all within the same vicinity, what more do you need? Visit this cinema to see what they have screening on the big screen. There's sure to be something for any kind of genre you're in the mood for – romance, animation, action, drama, comedy, you name it.
The distinguished and longest-standing Goodman Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery with three venues that can be found in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. The Goodman Gallery has been pivotal in shaping contemporary South African art, working with prominent and emerging international artists whose work engages with African and post-colonial contexts. Some of these artists include Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar, Kapwani Kiwanga, Shirin Neshat, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mikhael Subotzky and Hank Willis Thomas.
The ever-popular Rosebank Sunday Market offers visitors a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy, diversity and culture. The market has something for everyone, from a large selection of arts and crafts, antiques, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet delights. This is also a great spot to see stunning views of the Johannesburg skyline and sunsets which compliment the traditional African market experience. Expect to see an array of delicious cuisines and food products, interesting bric-a-brac, original clothing and an eclectic assortment of handmade and creative goodies. Be sure to visit their Facebook page to see when the next market will be taking place.
CIRCA is a beautiful small art gallery that's, in fact, a work of art itself. Pay this gallery a visit and take a wander through their stunning exhibitions. CIRCA showcases highly important contemporary artworks. CIRCA’s curators also arrange installations concerned with technology. Other than the interesting works of art, musical events and lectures are also held at the gallery, so be sure to keep an eye out on their website and social media platforms to stay informed! Also, along side CIRCA On Jellicoe is the Everard Read Gallery, which is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. The gallery is only a short walk away from Rosebank's diverse array of shopping malls, craft markets, hotels and restaurants.
Take a step back in time and visit the South African National War Museum. Only 7 minutes away from the centre of Rosebank, this museum is a must-visit if you're looking to enjoy interesting historical entertainment. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to view and study an array of relevant artefacts on display, take a guided tour through the museum which is available on request during the week, and even use their extensive library and photographic facilities for research purposes. The museum is a memorial for all South Africans who have died in or as a result of military actions and preserves our nation’s military history.
If you have a love for on-trend local and international art and design, artisan eateries, vibrant shops and spaces, and unique cafés, then the Keyes Art Mile is just the place to visit when you're in the area. New to the Johannesburg scene, the Keyes Art Mile offers visitors an art-focused experience. Talk a leisurely stroll through its unique collection of features, including the Everard Read Gallery, the trendy Marble Restaurant, Mix Cocktail Bar, Akrikoa Cafe and much more entertainment.
Looking for a fun night on the town with friends? Or want to meet up with your colleagues for after work drinks? Katzy’s Live at The Firs is Rosebank's premier music, dining and entertainment venue, offering just the space to have fun and unwind. It boasts resident bands, performing five nights a week, a wonderful wine and cocktail list, and more than 100 different whiskeys, cognacs and bourbons to choose from! And if you're looking to grab a bite to eat, you can order from their sister restaurant, The Grillhouse, right next door. Be sure to arrive dressed to the nines (dress code is smart casual), and enjoy a fun evening out.
Situated in the Keyes Art Mile, Mix Cocktail Bar is just the place if you're looking for fantastic Jamaican / African inspired cuisine, excellent cocktails and stunning sunset views. This is the ideal destination for after work hangouts, sundowners with your mates and even a Saturday brunch. This bar is located within the Keyes Art Mile, complete with exquisite art and design, unique eateries, great music and dance spaces. To keep up to date with the latest events, news and information regarding Mix Cocktail Bar, like them on Facebook.
Sin+Tax offers visitors a world-class cocktail experience that's sure to delight all of their senses. Upping the ante for South Africa’s cocktail scene and pushing the boundaries of innovation and imagination, Sin+Tax is the only bar in African to make it into the World’s 50 Best Bars’ top 100 in 2019. Kick off your weekend with a visit to this speakeasy style cocktail bar in Rosebank.
Looking for one of the most authentic Asian experiences in the city? Then be sure to make a stop at Saigon Suzy PArkwood near Rosebank! This popular spot offers visitors only the best in Asian-inspired cocktails and street food accompanied by top notch, classic rock ‘n roll hits. Delight your sense with authentic flavours straight from their menu. Also, sip on your choice of specially imported Asian beers, sake, gins and whiskeys. And if you’re feeling a little brave, why not head to their No Tell Motel Karaoke when you can sing along to your favourite tunes! It's exciting entertainment you don't want to miss.
Standard Bank Arts presents a new exhibition by David Koloane titled A Resilient Visionary. Curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe, this is not to be missed. Based on his experiences living and working in the city of Johannesburg, David Koloane's new body of work is open to interpretation. Offering you the chance to ascertain your own meaning from these works, Standard Bank Arts will host this exhibition until December. See it as soon as you can!
The exhibition opens on Thursday, 14 November 2019. It runs until Friday, 06 December 2019.
Standard Bank Art Gallery, Corner Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg.
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Over 200 artworks created by more than 90 established and emerging local sculptors will be showcased in numerous indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the Melrose Arch Precinct, creating a meander route throughout the precinct. Spaces to visit are not limited to sidewalks and the retail galleria, but include The Melrose Gallery itself, the luxurious Daytona showroom, Stanlib, the African Pride Hotel and Letsema Holdings.
SculptX was formed by The Melrose Gallery, in association with Melrose Arch, to provide a valuable platform to promote sculpture art and sculptors to those who live, work and play in the precinct, as well as art collectors and enthusiasts in general. SculptX provides emerging sculptors with the opportunity to exhibit alongside some of our most established artists, which is often not the case.
Participating artists include such notables as Noria Mabasa, Willie Bester, Pitika Ntuli, Vusi Khumalo, Wilma Cruise, Gordon Froud, Adejoke Tugbiyele and Strijdom van der Merwe, among numerous others.
Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike, the curators, have considered more than 350 works in order to select over 200 sculptures for showcase this year. These come from different cities throughout South Africa and include numerous mediums ranging from bronze, steel, found objects and stone to wood, crystal, glass, grass, fibre glass, carbon fibre and even virtual reality.
“This fair is quite an assault on the senses, but in an extremely stimulating and positive way. To see so many sculptures in one area representing so many different media and styles is very rare and has proven extremely popular, consistently attracting a large crowd of artists, art collectors, art enthusiasts and media alike”, Craig Mark – The Melrose Gallery director.
The Fair is accompanied by the ‘Sculpture Dialogues’ which consist of a panel discussion involving experts who will discuss issues of pertinence to sculpture in Africa.
The Melrose Gallery has put a lot of effort into sourcing female and young artists from the previously disadvantaged communities to give them the benefit of this valuable platform as they are often overlooked and under-represented in this genre.
Education also plays an integral role in SculptX 2019, both for emerging sculptors who have the opportunity to hone their practice and to learn from so many different mediums and styles, and the public by making sculpture more accessible.
“SculptX 2019 is a testament to the increasing number of talented sculptors who are working with a diversity of materials, new mechanisms and technologies that are testing their production and creativity, the growing demand for sculpture from local and international collectors seeking powerful Pan-African narratives and a desire to encourage the continued growth of the genre within South Africa and the African continent at large”, say curators Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike
August House is affectionately known as "the artists playground" by local artists. That's because this exclusive art building in New Doornfontein provides independent artists with a unique platform. Not only can they exhibit their work, but they are able to make a profit too! As a bonus, August House has a 15 year history on the Joburg art scene. This five storey, classic 1940's industrial building houses in private studios the largest community of pan African fine artists under one roof.
Historically at August House, ‘Open Studio’ exhibitions have provided a platform for art followers and buyers to meet and get to know artists up close and personally in their private art studio spaces. These events also give art lovers the opportunity to buy art directly from the artists at affordable prices – a great opportunity for locals to collect and invest in local contemporary art. So, come and join August House for their September Open Studio edition. This event promises to be a highlight on the fringe Joburg art scene, part of the greater Joburg art week.
August House Open Studios will be hosting over 50 artists selling their art from their private studio's. Come and get up close and personal with artists and their work. Sushi, drinks and coffee will be on sale to keep you refreshed throughout the event.
Vusi Beauchamp, Lindo Zwane, Sifiso Temba, Andile Bhala, Arlindo Maunde, Petros Mwenga, Jan Maanda Tshikuthula, Sizwe Khoza, Kealeboga Tlalang, Siphiwe Makgoka and Patrick Seruwu.
Sunday, 08 September 2019 at 10:30.
August House, 76 End street Doornfontein, Johannesburg.
Entrance to the studio is free.
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What Is It?
If you know Lady Skollie you know that she is an influential creative/artist in these Joburg streets, and if you know you love anything that she puts out, you'll definitely fall in love with this exhibition. GOOD & EVIL employs a biblical narrative to explore the artist's impressions of light and dark, violence and peace. With an extensive public programme for the duration of Youth Month, GOOD & EVIL strives to serve as a space for debate, engagement and celebration.
When Is It?
Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 18:00 - 21:00.
Where Is It?
Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
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The Standard Bank Arts Gallery invites you to attend the "40 Years of Collecting: Celebrating the Standard Bank African Art Collection" exhibition. This showcase celebrates the remarkable partnership between Standard Bank and the University of the Witwatersrand. Together, they have built one of the largest classical African art collections in the southern hemisphere. The exhibition showcases the grand artistic and cultural heritage that connects us all as Africans across borders. It is curated by Dr Same Mdluli.
For a detailed tour of the exhibition, join the gallery for a walkabout on either Saturday, 8 June, Saturday, 22 June or Saturday, 29 June 2019. All walkabouts will start at 10:00.
Monday, 13 May - Sunday, 7 July 2019.
Gallery opening times:
Mondays to Fridays - 08:00 to 16:20
Saturdays - 09:00 to 13:00
Standard Bank Gallery, Corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, JHB CBD.
Entrance is free.
Whether you're looking for a lovely spot to enjoy some afternoon tea or looking to start off your day with a hearty breakfast, Lifestyle Garden Centre has a few spot to choose from. In the mood for some Moroccan, then be sure to stop by the Moroccan Lifestyle Cafe (the quiches are wonderful, as well as the Lemon Meringue). Want to enjoy the greenery and sunshine? Head to the Silver Birch Restaurant, the perfect spot for breakfast and afternoon tea.
This is a great spot to hang out with the family. Not only will you and the kids enjoy a taking a stroll through the Lifestyle Garden Centre admiring the flowers and exploring, but there's also a kiddies play area for the little ones to enjoy. There's fun rides from hopping aboard a little train to rotating swings. And best of all, the play area is closed to the Silver Birch Restaurant, so you can keep an eye on the kids while they blow off some steam. There's also a Reader's Warehouse jam-packed with books for the kids to check out and page through.
Lifestyle Garden Centre offers absolutely everything you need to turn your garden into a blossoming haven! There are plants, absolutely everywhere, from trees and flowers to garden decor, accessories and tools. And if you head into the DIY section indoors, you can get your hands on hardware gadgets from Mica, garden furniture, fertilizer and bone meal, plant pots, pet goodies and much more. It's also a great spot to get some inspiration if you're thinking or redoing your garden.
Speaking of garden inspiration, Lifestyle Garden Centre hosts a number of garden shows for your viewing pleasure throughout the year. At the moment, they have their 2019 Lifestyle Garden Design Show, which is a celebration of French garden influences and French spaces. Be transports to beautiful France while strolling through the various designs that includes 1400's Renaissance styles, modern expression, classical French formal vista, and rooftop apartment chic. This show is on from 16 February - 31 May 2019 and entry is FREE. Click here to find out more about this show.
During the 2019 Lifestyle Garden Design Show, Lifestyle will also be offering some amazing gardening deals to get your garden spruced up without busting your budget. Take your pick from their Buy 3 Pay 2 items, add some Autumn Colour to your garden, stock up on a few edibles such as herb and vegetable plants, decorate your home with a some house plants or bring your grass back to life with bundles of landscape grasses. These specials are available until 07 May 2019 while stocks last, so hurry!
Have a love for all things deli? Then make sure you pop in at the Gourmet Market to pick up a few delights to take home with you. This is a one-stop gourmet spot that offers visitors and foodies only the best in locally-produced items, such as oils and vinegar, breads, cheese, pestos, organic veggies, free-range eggs, olives, nuts, reductions, the works! There's also a few treats to nibble on along the way.
On the other side of the indoor gardening and hardware tools and accessories is West Pack Lifestyle! This is the place to be if you are looking to stock up on tupperware, storage containers, lunch boxes, recycle bins and refuse bags, pet cushions and transporters, glassware, kids toys - the list goes on and on. Basically, you can get everything storage and plastic wise (reusable, of course) here, all under one roof. But a fair warning, you'll spend most of your afternoon strolling down the aisles, there's just so much to see!
After sorting out all your garden needs and enjoying an afternoon tea at the Silver Birch Restaurant, why not take a stroll through the Lifestyle Art Gallery and suss out some stunning pieces of art created by talented local artists? It's the perfect spot if you're looking to find that unique piece to bring life to your home or simply for a little creative inspiration. There's everything from landscapes and florals to portraits, abstract and still life artworks.
For more information about Lifestyle Garden Centre, visit their website at lifestyle.co.za.
You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 792 5616.
What Is It?
The Artivist hosts new exhibitions monthly, ranging across multiple media and artists. This month, they will be housing an exhibition by Zimbabwean artist and activist, Kudzanai Chiurai. The exhibition, titled "What more can I say", features a retrospective of his iconic protest posters and a series of some of his new drawings. If you're unfamiliar with his work, you need to definitely check it out and this exhibition too.
When Is It?
Thursday, 6 December 2018 - Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Where Is It?
Artivist, 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
How Much Is It?
Entrance is free
For More Information?
For more information check them out on Facebook
What Is It?
The annual Turbine Art Fair at the Turbine Hall in Newtown isn't only an art fair, it's a lifestyle event. Guests will have the opportunity to view an incredible range of fabulous artworks from galleries and artists around the country and start collecting with pieces that are reasonably priced for first-time buyers. Other than delighting your visual senses, you can also enjoy great food, live music and get the chance to meet new and interesting people. All in all, this makes for a wonderful day out in the city.
When Is It?
Thursday, 12 July 2018 to Sunday, 15 July 2018. Times are as follows:
Where Is It?
Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost between R50 - R800 per person and are available from Webtickets.
For More Information
For more information about this event, visit www.turbineartfair.co.za.
ABSA Art Gallery, located in ABSA Towers North in Johannesburg CBD, hosts monthly contemporary art exhibitions and the prominent L'Atelier Award. The gallery has an impressive art collection, from large-scale commissioned pieces to young contemporary artists and historical South African pieces dating back to the 1900s.
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Soma Art + Space is located in the bohemian area of Maboneng Precinct, next to some trendy well-known restaurants. The venue is an arts exhibition, retail and event space that hosts art themed gatherings. The venue is also available to hire out for private parties and corporate events.
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Wits Art Museum (WAM) is one of Johannesburg's premier tourist attractions, along with the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill.
It is part of the Wits University Cultural Precinct, just three blocks from Nelson Mandela Bridge. WAM is located in the hip, regenerating area of Braamfontein, which is also home to many students, interesting shops and places to eat.
The WAM Cafe is a fun place to meet friends and enjoy delicious food and coffee.