first thursday in august

First Thursdays is an opportunity to explore the city’s galleries and cultural events after hours. Immerse yourself in art, music, design and even some retail therapy. You can find all the details on First Thursdays website and Facebook page but we share a few of our favourites on tonight from 5pm.

MAVIMBELA at Youngblood, Bree Street: 7 August from 5pm
Mavimbela (2014) is a short multimedia documentary that tells the story of Nelisiwe Mavimbela, a Swazi woman and single parent who lives in Velezizwini and makes traditional grass-weaved placemats. Nelisiwe and her mother, Alexina, take turns to make the almost 2 000km journey to Cape Town every other month to sell their crafts door-to-door to support Nelisiwe’s three children.

The screening takes place very every 30 minutes from 5pm at the Youngblood Arts and Culture Development on 7 August as part of First Thursdays. More details here

STORIES THROUGH URBAN RITUAL by Helo Samo: 7 – 31 August
Opening tonight, 7 August, and running until the end of the month, is Stories Through Urban Ritual, an exhibition of works by Helo Samo. This public exhibition offers free entry. It’s on at Youngblood in Bree Street. Facebook page

Honest Chocolate is half way to its goal of opening the city’s first chocolate café and is hosting an evening of games, creativity and prizes as part of First Thursday and to raise funds. Of course, chocolate is involved.

From 5pm, you can draw on the walls, try their speciality pancakes, play the Chocolate Wheel of Fortune (if you are a Thundafund backer) and shop. All the delicious, chocolatey details here

Shop up a storm at Skinny laMinx. There’s loads of new goodies including Heather Moore’s new collection, Paradise is Here.
Find out more on Facebook and at the website

SALE at SAM (South African Market)
Bargains by Room 13 Design, Margot Molyneux Clothing, Lucy-Made, Hannah Collection, Soet Stationery, Second Ann and more. Details at the SAM Facebook page

Mohammed is a Senegalese tailor who can make anything you desire, from the smallest alterations to a stylish shirt or suit to a dream wedding dress. Or if you’re a DIY kind of person, shop for some fab fabric. See the details here.

Mungo & Jemima’s Winter Sale continues, but on First Thursday it includes the convenience of shopping after hours accompanied by a drink or two. Bargains, booze and bearable crowds: what more could you want? Check out M&J on Facebook

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