/The last First Thursday of the decade: How to make it epic in Cape Town and Jozi

The last First Thursday of the decade: How to make it epic in Cape Town and Jozi


First Thursdays is a popular public event and free to attend – and this will be the last one of the decade before we say hello to the 20s.

Cape Town’s central city stays open until 21:00 or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. 

In Jozi you can check out Rosebank and Braamfontein for cool stops, as well as some fringe areas.

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Youngblood Arts and Culture gallery will host a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest display of origami butterflies. Local artist Jooj will be creating the little pieces of artwork – which will number over 30 000 individually folded hanging butterflies.

If you miss it, the butterflies will be on display until the end of February.

If you’re taking a walk down Government Avenue, be on the lookout for the photography exhibit Un/Settled by Sydelle Willow Smith – it takes a stark look at white privilege and how white South Africans see their heritage and place in the country.

Other cool exhibits include thematic The Other Side of Christmas by renowned photographer Barry Salzman at Deepest Darkest, end-of-year students exhibits at Orms and Michaelis Galleries and gender-based violence exhibit at American Corner.

If you’re in the mood for some musical love, pop over to The Raptor Room for some feel-good pop by Vanilla from 21:00 onwards. At rock hotspot Aces and Spade you can catch a live performance by Jackal & The Wind hailing from Stellenbosch.

Remember to pop into the vintage market on Bree Street, and the Academy of Digital Arts will be hosting a festive pop-up market for some seasonal shopping from 18:00 to 20:30


We already love spots like the Publik in Bolton Road, and eating at Suzy Saigon in Parkwood. This month, however, we are also heading to see the latest exhibitions at the Goodman Gallery at 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.

Goodman Gallery is one of the most distinguished and longest-standing international contemporary art galleries. Established in Johannesburg in 1966, the gallery works with artists who are at once contemporary, influential and strive to shift perspectives and engender social transformation.

Then head to the ultra slick PUMA Select Courtyard. Go hang out in the PUMA Select Courtyard on First Thursdays. Live music and DJs from 18:00. Space is limited so come early. Register at pumaselect.co.za for free access – Cnr Melle and De Korte Streets, Braamfontein.

You can also head over to Rosebanks’ Keyes Art Mile where you galleries, food trucks, pop-up bars and small live performances stages will make it feel more like a street festival.

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