First Thursdays Rosebank

Thursday Nov 1 …       19 Keyes Ave, Rosebank
First Thursdays at Keyes Art Mile
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 (see news about the ticketing system introduced at Keyes Art Mile below) and most events run between 17:00 and 22:00.

At the contemporary landmark development Keyes Art Mile (corner Keyes Avenue and Jellicoe Avenue) there's a street party atmosphere with a section of the road closed off to traffic so that food trucks, pop-up bars and a small stage for live performances can be set up on the street. Meanwhile a few blocks down Jan Smuts Avenue on Joburg’s Art Gallery Row, drop by for exhibition launches and artist walkabouts at leading galleries such as Gallery2, Lizamore & Associates and David Krut Projects and hang out at one of the bars and restaurants clustered around Bolton Corner such as Coalition, Saigon Suzy or Bolton Road Collection.

October 2018 First Thursdays Rosebank Highlights:

Keyes Art Mile street party
Rosebank's biggest monthly party, the Keyes Art Mile First Thursday street party reinvents itself with a new ticketing system to combat overcrowding. Keyes Art Mile founder Anton Taljaard explains “We are very aware of the impact of overcrowding your experience on the time it takes to get food and drink, to see the art and to enjoy the street-style evening in comfort”.  The great pop-up bars, DJs and live music, plenty of food trucks and interesting pop-up stores are still available and the move should encourage the reopening of art galleries which had closed during First Thursdays due to the overwhelming demand. 

Ruins Decorated by Yinka Shonibare MBE
Last chance to catch British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s second solo exhibition in South Africa Ruins Decorated at Goodman Gallery. In his latest series of sculptures Shonibare continues his ongoing debate about the cultural and political issues that shape our identities, exploring the rise and fall of the British and Roman empires and the impact of colonialism on modern African cultures.

Simplified Complexity by Zolile Phetshane
Film producer and lecturer Wessel van Huyssteen opens artist Zolile Phetshane’s solo exhibition, alongside a performance by performance art group Act One from 18:00 at Lizamore Gallery.

For more on Rosebank see our Rosebank district guide.
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