Cape Town’ First Thursday team brings a feast of art and culture to the Jozi night crawler.

Two weeks ago Cape Town’s First Thursday team announced its move to Johannesburg. This Thursday, 7th May, they host Jozi’s first free arts and culture experience.

Think everyday Braamfontein on steroids.

First Thursday is a the free cultural experience in which some local galleries,restaurants and concept stores open for extended hours on the first Thursday of every month.  The idea is to bring arts and culture back to the people while giving artists exposure.

“the perfect alternative night out for the art loving, wine drinking jozi night crawlers.”

Unlike traditional high society arts events which are often  perceived to be reserved for the prim and proper elite, First Thursday is much more informal, you can dress as you please, you don’t have to know a thing about art and nobody will be shhhing you in the galleries. The aim is to encourage people to come explore, experience and celebrate art as they wish.

The concept has been very successful in Cape Town and is the perfect alternative night out for the art loving, wine drinking jozi night crawlers. Take a look at what you can expect this Thursday.*

The inaugural event is from 5pm till late. Some of this month’s highlights are Simon Gush’s “workplace” showing at the Stevenson gallery, “Wake up, this is joburg” showing at Fourthwall Books and “Time and again-A Penny Siopis retrospective” showing at The Wits Arts Museum.


There are 12 more cultural hubs participating this week including Kitcheners, Great Dane and the Neighbourgoods market. Maps showing all the venues will be available at all participating outlets and can also be viewed below.*

Advice from the First Thursday team follows:

  1. Browse exhibitions, performances, and other events on our highlights page.
  2. Familiarize yourself with locations using our Google map (link in the navigation).
  3. Decide where you’d like to start.
  4. Invite old friends, new friends, family, and colleagues or do it on your own.
  5. Grab a printed map at your first stop.
  6. For more information check out the event website

We recommend taking the [Rea Viya] Bus or cycling if you can. If you’re driving, park near to where you think you might end up. Don’t stress yourself out trying to find parking on the doorstep of where you want to go. Parking a little further away and enjoy the walk.

* Video and map taken from the First thursday website