Cape Town’s innercity is abuzz with activity on the first Thursday of every month when Capetonians (and visitors) wander through the various galleries and stores, which stay open until 9pm.
To start off your evening, grab a map of the city at your first stop, which is any one of the participating galleries so that you can plot out your route. Some of our favourite participating shops and galleries include the City Bowl Market on Hope Street, the Book Lounge on Roeland Street, Michaelis Galleries at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street and Youngblood Gallery and Beautifull Food.
Our picks for 2 February 2017 include:
- Elsa Bleda’s Nightscapes: Cape Town at Red Bull Studios
- Properties 3.0 (group exhibition) at KnexT Art Gallery
- Official First Thursdays Warm-up with Boschendal at Charango
- Thomas Pepler’s Pandan Daze at Yours Truly
- Katherine Bull performs Am I Ever Alone? at SMITH (6pm)
- Faatimah Mohammed-Luke and Grant Jurius’s art exhibition at Worldart
HOT NEW RESTAURANTS
And, should you need a pick-me-up between browsing for art hunting for fashion and decor, there are loads of hip bars, good restaurants and cool eateries along the way. May we recommend two of our new favourites: Solo and La Tête?
Are you in the Stellenbosch area? Then don’t miss First Fizzdays.
About First Thursdays
The brainchild of Gareth Pearson, who first experienced this concept in Zurich, First Thursdays is great way for locals to enjoy the city’s cultural richness, which has in recent years promulgated in the area between Wale and Stand streets. The main hub is concentrated in that vicinity, with a few galleries, boutiques and shops in Bree and Buitensingel streets also partaking and continues to expand to the rest of the city centre.