By Nomali Cele
It’s February, we’re all finally back at work and in our lives. As much as you miss all the free time and travels, there’s something calming about being back in your routines once again. What better way to ease into things that a cultural night out?
First Thursdays, for the uninitiated, is a monthly event during which galleries and other cultural venues stay open much later than usual. Not only that, there is programming scheduled specifically with the crowds that will be coming into the many different spaces from 5 PM until much, much later, in mind. First Thursdays is free and open to the public.
Where to go this First Thursdays and what to look out for
Braamfontein is one of the busiest First Thursdays locations in Johannesburg. With the Wits Arts Museum and the whole of Juta Street, there’s always something to see in Braamfontein during First Thursdays and this month will be no different.
WAM still have the “The Art of Lithography: A Collaborative Expression of LL Editions” exhibition open for First Thursday
99 Juta is a space that houses different artists and designers, it’s the place to be if you like product design. For First Thursdays, 99 Juta will host Crema Design in its pop-up space, most other tenants of the space will also be open.
The fun thing about staying this side of town during First Thursdays is that you will have a healthy competition between going to galleries or going to get something to eat. We recommend trying to get a healthy balance of both!
SMAC Gallery on the Keys Art Mile currently has an exhibition by artist Jody Paulsen on show. “Water Me” will have you thinking about your own outlook, where you are and a bit of existentialism.
The Bolton Collection, on the corner of Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue, is one of the best places to hang out in the area. Take a break from gallery hopping and grab a bite at the restaurant. The best part? It’s across from Goodman Gallery and down the road from Goethe-Institut.
In The City
The Standard Bank Art Gallery on Corner Simmonds and Frederick in Johannesburg is always open for First Thursdays and is a hub of activity. While the new exhibition doesn’t open until the 22nd of the month, the gallery is always worth a visit.
Remember to be safe and not to drink and drive. Soak up the culture and food Johannesburg has to offer with no regrets.