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. 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: Burgers and Hip-hop launch at SneakerLAB
Cape Town-based illustrator Russell Abrahams makes his Braamfontein debut at the Burgers and Hip-hop party this First Thursday, showcasing his recent collaboration with Burger King South Africa. Taking over sneaker care brand SneakerLAB’s flagship store at 70 Juta, the evening includes free Big King sandwiches from Burger King, sneaker cleaning and a hip hop soundtrack provided by DJ Khanya.
What More Can I Say by Kudzanai Chiurai at Untitled Basement
An exhibition in a most-unusual setting, Zimbabwean-born photographer and artist Kudzanai Chiurai brings his latest exhibition What More Can I Say to one of Braamfontein’s slickest venues, The Untitled Basement. A retrospective of Chiurai’s most iconic protest works from his ongoing series which tackles the effects of colonisation on African nations, What More Can I Say also introduces a new body of portraits.
Exhibition opening Code Request by Elizaveta Rukavishnikova at Kalashnikovv Gallery
Kalashnikovv Gallery presents the launch of their latest exhibition, Code Request by Joburg-based Russian artist Elizaveta Rukavishnikova. The cool adjoining bar The Testament (which is run by the gallery) is the perfect place for drinks afterwards.
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.