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.
FIRST THURSDAYS: MAP
To start 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 your route. Some of our favourite participating shops and galleries include 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 6 December 2018 include:
- Inxwala Slow Market – African culture, heritage and artisanal goods by Inxwala and ORIBI Village at 19 Park Road, Gardens
- 2015 – 2018 – a collection of digital artwork by Eugenie Miller at Ground Art Caffé
- Year-End – a students’ photography exhibition at Orms Cape Town
- Cape Town Salon – an eclectic mix of painting, photography, sculpture, print and mixed-media work at The Association for Visual Arts Gallery
- Rendezvous – a group exhibition at Smith Gallery
- Ubuncwane – a group exhibition of small, affordable artworks from talented artists at SA Sendinggestig Museum
- Hot Glass Sandcasting demonstration – an evening of sandcasting demonstrations starting at 8pm at Edge Glass Gallery & Cape Glass Studio
- Yoruba Remixed – redefining the forms and philosophies of Yoruba visual art and design by Wole Lagunju at Ebony Curated
- Four Artists – a group exhibition of art, photography, historical jewellery, sculptural pieces, luxury scarves and more at Galleria Gibello
FIRST THURSDAYS: RESTAURANTS
And, should you need a pick-me-up between browsing for art, and hunting for fashion and decor, there are loads of cool bars, buzzy restaurants and hip street-food spots along the way. Our current favourites are The Commissary, Riverine Rabbit, Bocca and Charango.
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 Strand 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.