First Thursdays at Thomarts Gallery Sandton

What Is It?

Thomarts Gallery in Sandton invite you to spend your First Thursdays with them in 2020. Pop by for private night of art, wine, food and music. Visitors will curate their own evening of art viewing by visiting any or all participating venues at The Marc. Bringing together art collectors, art enthusiasts, gallerists, curators and artists, and Sandton CBD's corporate elite and businesses, the Thomarts Gallery is shaking up Sandton's social calendar. Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Thursday, 06 February 2020 at 18:00. Keep an eye on their Facebook events page for further dates and times.

Where Is It?

Thomarts Gallery, The Marc, Cnr Maud Street & Rivonia Rd, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

The event is open to gallery members, and invited guests only. For inquiries and to RSVP please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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Details: 083 897 7802

Vans Presents First Thursday At The Royale

What Is It?

Bring your friends and their friends and get to enjoy nothing but the best in entertainment and fun that is going to at this right here event. Rock your Vans sneakers, a cool outfits and let's get ready to party. See you at The Royale ladies and gents! What a time to be alive around Joburg.

When Is It?

Thursday, 07 November 2019 at 18:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

The Royale, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Albans square, Craighall, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not mentioned.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information on this event.

First Thursdays In The City

First Thursdays

First Thursdays is a free-to-attend event which takes place all over the city on the first Thursday night of each month, bringing together art galleries, restaurants and retail spaces to liven up the last half of your week. Explore your city on foot or hop from one venue to the next, uncovering all the sights and sounds that Joburg has to offer. There is no set tour or guided walk, only the freedom to do as you please (until 21:00 at least).

The First Thursdays platform is dedicated to helping you find the most awesome events in the city. Hosting seasonal First Thursday events in Braamfontein, Rosebank and beyond, they offer you a list of only the coolest hangouts in the city. Their Summer 2020 programme officially kicked off on Thursday, 02 January, but there is still loads to come. Here are our top picks for the upcoming First Thursdays February edition.

Arts & Culture

Joburg's galleries come alive on First Thursdays. From the WITS Art Museum and Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein, to the famous Jan Smuts art mile and Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, there is a gallery open to suit any taste in art and sculpture. If you have never visited the city's galleries by night, then this summer is the ideal time to do so. With the warm summer breeze and the glow of city lights, it is the perfect romantic outing during the month of love.

First Thursdays

The Goodman Gallery presents two highly-anticipated exhibitions this February. Come by on the first Thursday of February to engage with the art of photography through the lenses of two of South Africa's most prolific artists.

Bôna is a selection of photographic work by the late Thabiso Sekgala. This is the first exhibition of his work at the Goodman Gallery since his passing in 2014.

Brett Charles Seiler's Closet takes a historic look into gay culture and the gay liberation movement. Tinged with a sense of nostalgia for bygone times, this exhibition tells a story through poetic snapshots of a time before gay liberation in society.

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Another Jan Smuts Avenue art house, David Krut Projects, stays open late on the first Thursday of the month. Welcoming in guests to marvel at their printmaking workshop, gallery and bookstore. This is the perfect hangout for academics and deep thinkers.

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David Krut Projects

The Trumpet Building on Keyes Avenue is the place to be on First Thursdays. With the SMAC Gallery and TMRW Gallery on site, art abounds. Exhibiting local artists and cutting-edge virtual art displays, these galleries should be at the top of your must-visit lists.

This February, the TMRW Gallery presents Phumlani Pikoli's Occupying A Fatuous State Of SeverityWhat began as a series of short stories has been expanded into a full-scale exhibition, dealing with topics of depression, isolation and insecurity. This is a true reflection of what it means to be a young person living through the 21st century.

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Dining 

What would First Thursdays be without Joburg's best foodie hot spots? Bring your friends and family along for epic dining experiences at the city's favourite restaurants.

After all that gallery hopping down Jan Smut Avenue, you are bound to be ravenous. That's why Saigon Suzy stays open late, offering you authentic Asian inspired cocktails and street food to satiate that appetite. Hailed as one of the most unique eateries in Johannesburg, Saizon Suzy combines Pan-Asian dining with good old rock 'n roll.

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First Thursdays

Looking for a true party vibe? Check out Braam's very own Republic of 94. One of the inner city's largest venues, Republic hosts epic First Thursdays events. Their menu isn't half bad either, offering juicy wings and ribs, platters to share and succulent burgers with fries.

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Once in Joburg is Braamfontein's official 'poshtel' - or posh hotel to those of you who don't speak city slang. First Thursdays here are unlike any other, with live music performances, DJs, film screenings and great food. The best part? You can crash here for the night!

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Once In Joburg

Shopping At Night

Sometimes, all you need is a little retail therapy. Check out Joburg's coolest shopping spots at the First Thursdays February edition.

Sneaker Lab presents an amalgamation of street culture, art, food and drink and live music to get your First Thursdays pumping. Often hosting some of South Africa's best DJs, Sneaker Lab is party central. Plus, you can pick up some wicked care-gear for your favourite kicks.

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99 Juta invite you to indulge in some late night shopping every First Thursday. This trendy new development was renovated from an 80-year-old building into a first class home for local designers. With the likes of Joe Paine, Mash.T Design Studio, Monique Vee and The Urbanative housed here, 99 Juta also features eccentric pop-up stores and installations. Check them out this February!

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When Is It?

Thursday, 06 February 2020 from 17:00 - 21:00.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/FirstThursdaysCT

Instagram - instagram.com/firstthursdays_za

Email - [email protected]

First Thursdays And Fabulous Thrifting At The Famous Frock

What Is It?

First Thursdays at The Famous Frock in Parktown North are back this May. Join them for an evening of wine, thrift shopping and handbags galore. This month there will be featured handbags by Valeez and archived pieces by Montreal. This venue is the perfect stop on the way to Keyes in Rosebank or any other First Thursdays events in and around the city. Plus, its a great way to warm up to the winter months. Shop around for one-of-a-kind winter items, or pick up a new handbag to accessorise your outdated wardrobe with. What better way is there to spend the first Thursday of the month?

When Is It?

Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 17:00 - 20:00.

Where Is It?

The Famous Frock, 18 4th Ave, Parktown North, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices not communicated.

For More Information

For more information, visit The Famous Frock's Facebook page.

Pop-Up First Thursdays @ 99 Juta Street

What Is It?

First Thursdays at 99 Juta Street is back this April. The theme for this month's edition is 'Pop Up', as leading Cape Town brands Dear Rae Jewellery, BALLO and Asha : Eleven will be popping up from 3 - 6 April. In addition, there will be three new pop up stores launched over the first week of April. On Thursday 4 April, artisanal ice cream parlor  Paul's Homemade Ice Cream, bubbles by Krone and Culture Lab Kombucha will all be launched! Enjoy these fantastic new pop up's while browsing incredible jewels and inspired sustainable clothing and accessories on the top floor of the 99 Juta building.

On the design front, there will be a showcase of the best in local furniture and lighting design from Apartment 2B, Dokter and Misses, Houtlander and Joe Paine Studio. This First Thursday will also see the launch of Jacobs Collection in Apartment2B. For the art lovers out there, visit the 'Exit Strategy' exhibition by Jeanne Gaigher and Nathan Gates, featuring a series of new paintings and sculptural pieces.

There will be a cash bar available at the venue.

When Is It?

These events will take place from Wednesday, 3 April - Saturday, 6 April 2019. The official First Thursdays event takes place on Thursday, 4 April 2019 at 17:00 - 21:00. 

Where Is It?

99 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is free.

For More Information 

For more information, visit the 99 Juta Facebook page.

Contact them via email at [email protected]

Little Havana - First Thursdays At Keyes

What Is It?

Cuban culture is set to take over the Keyes Art Mile with their Little Havana themed evening. The spirit of Havana will be taking over Keyes and you don't want to miss. Take advantage of one of the vintage Cuban cars driving around or make your way to the surrounding restaurants where you can expect a Cuban culinary experience. You can salsa, play a game of dominos and try some authentic Cuban-inspired cigars. Make sure you embrace the full Cuban theme and dress for the theme.

When Is It?

Thursday, 6 December 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information visit the Facebook page or the Keyes Art Mile website.

First Thursdays At Keyes - November Edition

What Is It?

First Thursdays is back once again at Keyes Art Mile. This event is a multifaceted celebration of visual art which happens on the first Thursday of every month. This event is a curated experience that includes live music as well as a variety of food and drink trucks. This event is a must for art lovers, enthusiasts and collectors and is a great space to expand your appreciation of art.

When Is It?

Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 18:00

Where Is It?

Keyes Art Mile, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information, visit the Facebook page or the Keyes website.

Once In Joburg Is An Inner City Must!

Ever Heard Of A Poshtel?

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.

Once in Joburg

So, What's The Accommodation Like?

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

Location, Location, Location!

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.

Once in Joburg

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!

This One Is For The Music Lovers!

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.

Once in Joburg

For More Information

For bookings or more information about Once In Joburg, call 087 057 2638 or visit www.once.travel.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.