From poke bowls to fine art photography: What to see and do this First Thursdays in your city

2020-02-05 13:49 - Marisa Crous
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First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend for any and every city slicker.

This is a night where Joburg and Cape Town’s central hubs light up from after work until nine or later, on every first Thursday of every month. It allows anyone and everyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth these cities have to offer.

There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. 

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Here's what to check out this week - 6 February 2020: 

Cape Town

The Poke Co.

Grab a poke bowl in Loop Street before heading to the variety of galleries scattered about the inner city. Healthy and fresh, it's the ideal light dinner on a warm Cape Town night. 

THK Gallery in Waterkant Street

On exhibition at the moment is 'Different Angles' which features solo presentations by contemporary artists Johno Mellish and Nyasha Marovatsanga. Two very promising young artists to watch. 

Galleria Gibello in Long Street

Go check out the new exhibition called Mountain, a collaborative exhibition of fine art photography by Frank Grimm, James Kydd, Lambro and Caroline Gibello.

"My magnetism for mountains was instilled and deeply entrenched at the age of 21, when, with my small Canon SLR carefully stowed, I headed for Nepal. What was a proposed 3 week dalliance with this far off destination, that I had only read about in books, turned into a 3 month love affair with this mystical land, exploring the peaks, hills and valleys of the Himalayas."


Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank

Walk the assemblage of galleries, design stores and restaurants and be sure to go see Felix Laband's "The Garden of Earthly Dislikes".

Publik in Bolton Road

Hailing from Cape Town, the Publik wine bar is a great new addition to the area of Rosebank. The bar is the best place to discover quality, lesser-known wines like those from the Botrivier and the Swartland. Be sure to ask the knowledgeable team lots of questions.

Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein

Browse this prime tourist attraction for its magnificent collection of African art, ranging from South Africa to West and Central Africa.

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