On the first Thursday of every month in Joburg you can look forward to contemporary art, live music, DJ sets, poetry, performance art, pop-up bars and more in one of the city’s two art districts – Rosebank and Braamfontein, as part of the First Thursdays event. By and large entrance to all First Thursdays venues is free and most events run between 17:00 and 22:00.
Pick up a First Thursdays map at one of the participating venues and take a stroll through Braamfontein's colourful streets hopping from venue to venue. Major First Thursdays hotspots in the neighbourhood include Reserve Street, 99 Juta, Wits Art Museum, The Grove square and the area around the corner of De Beer and Juta Streets.
Highlights of November's First Thursday art party in Braamfontein include:
Puma x #SelectSessions at the Puma Select Courtyard
The last PUMA Select Sessions party of the year is hosted by UntilUntil who are bringing along DJs and MCs BHIBO, Chuck Tailored, Thuly Thulz and Human Public. The party takes place in the courtyard of the Puma Select store on the corner of Melle and De Korte Streets. Entrance is free, but you must register online at pumaselect.co.za first as space is limited.
Exhibition opening Io Makandal X Lucy Jane Turpin
Kalashnikovv Gallery presents the launch of their latest exhibition, a collabration of recent explorations and preoccupations by artists Io Makandal and Lucy Jane Turpin. The cool adjoining bar The Testament (which is run by the gallery) is the perfect place for drinks afterwards.
Pictorial Nerve at 99 Juta
Braamfontein's interior design hub 99 Juta (home to homegrown design brands like Dokter & Misses and UrbanNative) present, Pictorial Nerve, a new exhibition by publishers Offset Culture Art. Conceived as an ongoing portfolio series, the exhibition features work by artists including Luca Boni, Bianca Brand, Musonda Kabwe, Lunga Ntila, R1 and Octavia Roodt.
Art of Lithography at Wits Art Museum
Take advantage of Wits Art Museum's late open hours for First Thursdays and check out the Art of Lithography exhibition, a tribute to renowned master printer Leshoka Joe Legate and the LL Editions Lithography Fine Art Lithography Studio in Fordsburg. Drawing from the museum’s extensive print collection (including the impressive Robert Hodgins Print Archive), the exhibition also includes new collaborations by 24 young and established artists who have worked with Legate since the print studio opened.
Lagos Thursdays at The Orbit
Lagos comes to Braamfontein's The Orbit with Femi Koya’s Afrobeat Band playing the jazz club's Lagos Thursdays night. Celebrating the iconic Fela Kuti sound, Femi Koya and his nine piece Afrobeat band set the stage alight with Lagos Afrobeat and Highlife classics.