Live Music

Artivist 

Artivist holds a very exciting secret - the Untitled Basement.

Untitled Basement hosts amazing musical experiences that have been taking Braamfontein by storm. Bringing in some of the most talented artists in the country, this spot is a must-visit!

If live music is what you are looking for, then this is the spot for you. For the perfect night out, start off your evening with a delicious meal at Activist and then head down to Untitled Basement for some live music. Check out the lineup by following their Instagram page and get your ticket to a fantastic evening out.

Check out more about Artivist and Untitled Basement here.

Address: 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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Benjamin Jephta Quintet plays Untitled Basement, Saturday 25th January, Jephta will perform music from his acclaimed debut release 'Homecoming' featuring Marcus Wyatt on trumpet, Kenan Arendse on Guitar, Bokani Dyer on piano and Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums. Book at Quicket. Link in bio

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Dining Experience

Zwipi Underground Bar

Zwipi Underground Bar is part of the Thunder Walker umbrella and is situated in the bustling Gandhi Square. Hidden in a bus depot, Zwipi offers a unique dining experience.

This exciting restaurant and bar offers a distinctive take on dining out, it is unexpected and completely worth it.

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Last night we ate mopani worms in an old, abandoned underground bank vault. It was spectacular. The setting, the stories and the experience was beyond my expectations. @joburgplaces has created an awesome immersion right on our doorsteps. If you want to understand what makes Jozi, Jozi, do yourself a favour and book an experience at Zwipi Underground. #johannesburg #meltingpot #food #experience

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Zwipi is open Thursday to Saturday nights from 7pm, but do call for confirmation as they are sometimes booked out for events.

This is a historic venue with a unique atmosphere.

Address: 110 Fox Street, Gandhi Square, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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Art & More

Victoria Yards

Victoria Yards hosts many epic events in the city. This spot comes alive with diverse art, fashion and celebrations.

Check out their social media pages to see what they will be hosting. Our favourite is their monthly market.

Address: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Want more? Check out our vibrant places in Joburg article.

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Do you know of any other unique venues in the city? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

What Is It?

Come to Victoria Yards in Lorentzville this December to see a collaborative exhibition by a number of local artists. An exhibition made up entirely of small (A5) ink drawings. Artists will be exhibiting between 1 and 31 works that have been inspired by the global Inktober initiative. The exhibition will coincide with the Victoria Yards December First Sunday’s event. So, join them for some art, shopping, and good food.

When Is It?

Sunday, 01 December 2019 at 10:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For more information

Click here for more information about this event.

What Is It?

The Publik Wine Fair tasting event introduces wine drinkers to some of South Africa's best independent artisan producers. Over 30 winemakers will visit the city for the tasting, showcasing over 100 different wines! You can expect samples from the likes of Alheit Vineyards, Alphabetical, Blackwater, The Blacksmith, Cape Rock, Carinus, City On A Hill, Crystallum, Eenzaamheid, Fable Mountain Vineyards, FRAM, Franco Lourens, Gabrielskloof, Kolab Project, Lowerland, Maanschijn, Momento, Mount Sutherland, Natte Valleij, Naude, Radford Dale, Raised By Wolves, Reenen Borman, Reverie, Saltare, Spider Pig, Terracura, Thistle & Weed and Usana.

The Publik Wine Fair annual celebration of these artisanal wines keeps a strong focus on organic, biodynamic and minimal-intervention methods. So, come and meet these ingenious wine makers and indulge yourself a little.

When Is It?

Saturday, 16 November 2019 at 12:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R200 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information

For more information, visit the Publik website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event updates.

Details: [email protected]

What is Inktober?

Artist, Jake Parker pioneered the global Inktober initiative in 2009. Ten years on, it has become a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands of artists participating each October. Thirty days of drawing prompts are posted at the start of the month, encouraging artists to enhance their skills and confidence by drawing something based on each day's prompt. You can take it day by day, a week at a time or only do as many as you have time for. The ultimate goal of Inktober is to encourage positive drawing habits. So, stop making those excuses and get drawing! After all, practice makes perfect.

The Rules

While Inktober is a creative challenge, there are a couple of guidelines you must follow:

Here is the official list of prompts for Inktober 2019, to get you on your way to doodle mastery:

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The official 2019 #Inktober prompt list. Tell your friends! 🖤 Special thanks to our partners this year: @pentelofamerica @blickartmaterials @zebrapen_usa @kingartcompany @artsnacks 🖤 #inktober2019 #drawingprompts #promptlist #prompts #writingprompts #yaaay

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Now, remember that these prompts need not be taken literally. You may interpret them however you wish. All drawing styles are encouraged too, so whether you have an MFA in illustration or are an amateur doodler, anything goes. It's all about unleashing your creativity.

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Inner City Inspiration

Where better to find artistic inspiration than Johannesburg? The city is filled with interesting characters, eclectic architecture and the beauty of nature interwoven with man-made elements. If the Inktober 2019 prompt list isn't enough to get your creative juices flowing, check out these awesome events happening in the city.

Using Art To Share Stories: Drop-In Drawing with Bronwen Findlay

How can we use art to share our stories? While an artist might use a pencil or paintbrush, a photographer shares what they see through a camera. WITS Art Museum hosts monthly Drop-In Drawing events themed around the current exhibitions on show at the gallery. This month's Drop-In Drawing event explores techniques used by Daylin Paul to share the stories in the Broken Land exhibition, which will be exhibited until the end of October. In this Drop-In Drawing session, you will use Daylon's techniques to tell your stories and create your own artwork.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 - Sunday, 27 October 2019.

Where Is It?

WITS Arts Museum, Cnr Jorissen & Bertha Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free.

Click here for more information.

YayMakers Paint Nite

YayMakers are the official hosts of Paint Nite Johannesburg. These events take place throughout the city at restaurants, bars and art schools. Piza ē Vino is a regular host of Paint Nite events at their various outlets across Joburg. This October, their Melrose Arch branch brings you the Hot, Cold, Wet and Falling challenge - all Paint Nite participants must paint their own tree with representations of the four seasons. Your host and instructor, Annalize Carstens, will guide you through various techniques and tricks to create your very own masterpiece!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

Piza ē Vino Melrose Arch, The Piazza, Birnam, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R610 per person. Get yours here.

Click here for more information.

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Mid-Week Evening Figure Study

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of figure drawing? Join the mid-week evening figure study group in Sandton to practice your skills at drawing from real life. Basic materials are supplied, so you need not lug your easel all the way to class. This is an open space, with sharing and encouragement abound. Hosted by artist and photographer, André Clements, these classes involve Self Directed Teaching, with guidance offered from André and your fellow artists.

When Is It?

The next class takes place on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 18:30.

Where Is It?

Westway Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

**Contact André on 082 812 0549 or [email protected] to receive the full address.

How Much Is It?

Classes cost R275 per person. Please RSVP as soon as possible.

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Night of 1000 Drawings

The 2020 Night of 1000 Drawings exhibition is only six months away! So you better get started on those doodles. Night of 1000 Drawings is the largest inner city A-5 art exhibition. Taking place in March 2020, this weekend event promises to be even bigger and better than previous years.

You can host your own doodle event or participate as an individual. All you need to do is gather up a bunch of friends, grab a few sheets of A5 paper and get doodling! Submit your artworks to any participating coffee shop, college, gallery or tattoo shop where you’ll find a 1000 Drawings drop-off box

Why not dedicate this Inktober to starting your doodle collection? If you manage all 30 days of prompts, you'll have more than enough to submit by next March!

When Is It?

Friday, 27 March 2020 - Sunday, 29 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. And you may purchase art pieces for R150 each. Proceeds go towards worthy non-profit organisations.

Click here for more information.

Happy drawing!

What Is It?

Yoga in the Yards takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Kick start your journey to health and well-being with the Yogi Paige at Victoria Yards. Join in on strong and slow yoga, perfect for toning, strengthening and stretching out all your muscles. Yoga in the Yards challenges your mind, body and soul. What better way could there be to spend a Sunday morning?

What you need to bring:

Bring along a couple of friends, too. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at Rebels Playground and explore the farmer's market after your workout. Booking is essential, so don't wait!

When Is It?

Sunday, 01 September 2019 at 09:00 -10:00.

Click here to see more event dates.

Where Is It?

Victoria Yards, Unit 7J, 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. Get yours here!

For more information

Visit their Facebook page for more information, or contact them via email at [email protected]

Victoria Yards

Called the "new Maboneng," Victoria Yards in Lorentzville/Bez Valley launched in 2018. This 30 000m² of industrial space is home to many established and up-and-coming artists. One of the most prominent tenants is photographer Roger Ballen. There will also be an art gallery, as well as a craft brewery.

What Makes This Place Different?

Victoria Yards is an inner-city landscape completely different to anything Joburg currently offers. An eco-system where tenants thrive as a community, Victoria Yards presents a uniquely integrated urban complex. It is as much about social development as it is about commercial enterprise. This development is spearheaded by Brian Green, part-owner of Group 44 (the developers behind 44 Stanley in Milpark and 107 Bree Street in Cape Town). To Brian, this is a "dream project." The idea is to involve the local community in the project by way of vegetable gardens, skills upliftment programmes and job creation.

Where Is It?

Victoria Yards is across the road from the Nando's global office, a couple of blocks away from Ellis Park Stadium and a stone's throw from Joburg's very own China Town, in Cyrildene.

Physical Address: 24 Victoria Road, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

For more information, click here.

 

By Shawn Greyling

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