Essentially, First Thursdays is a collaborative effort between galleries and creative spaces in the Cape Town CBD to showcase the work of the artists and expose Capetonians to their latest exhibitions.
On the first Thursday of every month, these galleries, antique stores, boutiques and jewellery dealerships extend their opening hours to 9pm, allowing for working and studying individuals to browse, socialise and purchase pieces without infringing on daily responsibilities that we all have during office hours.
Food trucks, Beverage brands and restaurants come on board, by being further accessible to patrons (and having amazing specials), throwing parties and in essence welcoming the throes of people that descend upon the city, in search of artistic and cultural fulfillment.
It’s always a blast, we typically visit most of the galleries on any given “First Thursday” but these are the activities we never leave out.
Food and Live music at the Youngblood & Beautifull
This three floor creative hub is not only a gallery, but also a restaurant. The gallery features South African photographers, environmental designers and artists.
Vintage shopping at Mystic Loft
This store is packed with all sorts of interesting things, from designer clothing to small antique ornaments, it really has a little bit of everything vintage.
World art showcases contemporary and urban art. The gallery is small but it offers a wonderful collection, which draws people in large numbers.
Red Bull Studios
The folks over at Red Bull Studios always have something interesting to contribute to First Thursdays. The multimedia design installations projected onto the walls, amazing music and of course, free red bull is what makes this spot a winner.
The official First Thursdays after party at The Pit
The pit is the perfect venue for the First Thursdays afterparty. The pit is located behind Clarke’s, a well known restaurant on Bree Street and is where all the die hard first Thursdays patrons can be found after a successful night of enjoying what The First Thursdays experience has to offer.
Donna and Ray xx