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On the first Thursday of every month, the city becomes a museum like no other. Walk from gallery to gallery until 9pm, and explore the shops, restaurants and bars along the way.

For the second First Thursdays Cape Town, art galleries and shops between Wale Street and Hout Street will stay open late, bringing The Loop to life at night. An idea borrowed from London and now many other cities around the world, First Thursdays happens every month. Start at any of the participating galleries and work your way a

Date: 6 December 2012
Time: 5 - 9pm


- Cape Town School of Photography Student Exhibition
- Brundyn + Gonsalves
- Erdmann Contemporary / ThePhotographersGalleryZA
- KND Nautical Gallery
- G2 Art
- Youngblood
- New Heritage Gallery
- The d'VINE art ROOM by Shay Davis

- Olive Green Cat
- MeMeMe
- Imagenius
- Sitting Pretty
- Mungo & Jemima
- Babette Clothing

Food & Drink:
- Dear Me (Reservations: 0214224920)
- Clarke's Bar & Dining Room
- Little Ethiopia (Reservations: 0214248254)
- Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Rvu0j

Website: first-thursdays.co.za

Tweet: #firstthursdays #capetown

Contact: goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za

06 December 2012 - 06 December 2012

Various Participants at Various venues around Cape Town The Maboneng Township Arts Experience strongly resonates with a movement quickly growing in South Africa. It speaks of public spaces, social integration and freedom of movement. It enables citizens to equally share public space and build healthier, sustainable and integrated communities. Following the success of the Maboneng Township Arts Experience at eMadedeni in KZN and Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. The lights will now shine brightly on the infamous township of Gugulethu the pride of the Western Cape, the province where tourists are always drawn to like a moth to a flame! The most colorful and enchanting of all townships, Gugulethu is known for its spirit of ubuntu, its residents are a formidable team that has worked closely together from the get-go. This is what drew the Maboneng team to Gugulethu, staying true to our legacy of linking like-minded townships and cities as an integral part of cultural transformation. We intend to add to Cape Town’s hub of cultural activity, leaving our mark on the street of NY 147 and NY 144, a short distance from the popular Mzoli’s. The countdown to the highly anticipated Maboneng Gugulethu Arts Experience is upon us. We are extremely excited to bring you a memorable weekend in the beautiful township of Gugulethu. The festival will take place from the 24th to the 25th of November and both days will be abundant with entertainment and activities. The festival will kick off with an exhilarating bike and skate ride from the City of Cape Town to Gugulethu courtesy of @Openstreets, @cyclelinks and @Sk8collective – The National Skate Collective. There will also be a wide range of delicious township cuisine on sale for breakfast and lunch such as the classic bunnychow, fatcakes as well as vegetarian meals. Taking centre stage at the exhibition will be the ALL NY’s Parkjam feauturing highly gifted artists such as Crosby, Khanyi & Coriander, not forgetting the captivating dance pieces which will be curated by the reputable Ikapa Dance theatre and Jazz Art. Iliso Labantu, A non-profit organisation that provides photography training and opportunities for individuals in townships around Cape Town will be exhibiting some amazing photo’s. Also not to be missed is some ingenious inventions by Boundless Heart Foundation geared towards youth development and upliftment, and what would a Maboneng Arts experience be without awe-inspiring graffiti art by some of the Cape’s finest graffiti artists such as the likes of Fuzzy Chap, Faith 47, Ricky Lee and Atang Tshikareas. Not only will this be one of the most memorable events to take place in Gugulethu but it will also coincide with the eventful Cape Town Art Week where galleries in the city have synergised openings, a definite must see by Contemporary Art Development Trust. Please come join us for our opening at the park of NY 144, next door to Bonga Primary School on the 24th of November 2012 at 12pm. With all that said the Maboneng Gugulethu Arts Experience is guaranteed to be a wondrous treat. The community of Gugulethu anxiously awaits your arrival and promises to welcome you with open arms into the homes they’ve so kindly braced for this event. You too can do your bit and add to the greatness of the experience by supporting in any way, please use the Contacts tab on our website to get involved if you would like to. We look forward to bringing and celebrating the lights of our lovely township of Gugulethu with you! We leave you with the magical time we experienced at the 2012 Maboneng Madadeni Arts Experience. Enjoy!

24 November 2012 - 25 November 2012

Various Artists at Various venues around Cape Town ART WEEK CAPE TOWN is a diverse programme of contemporary art events throughout Cape Town, beginning on November 24 and ending on December 4 2012. Initiated by the Contemporary Art Development Trust, ART WEEK CAPE TOWN is made possible through the collaboration of galleries, arts organisations, academic institutions and independent artist collectives.

The purpose of ART WEEK is to increase public awareness of the vibrant contemporary art scene in Cape Town and to promote the activities of the many artists, curators and other innovators living in and around the city. This edition of the event is the first in what will be an annual highlight on the city’s cultural calendar.

Based on similar successful models abroad, ART WEEK CAPE TOWN creates a public programme for one week each year, in which galleries, museums, arts organisations and artists have the opportunity to share audiences and information resources. All participants have their various events included on a map which is distributed free of charge around the city.

Unlike a typical festival or serial exhibition, the content of ART WEEK CAPE TOWN is generated entirely by participants, and most of the production expenses are collectively covered by participants as well.


1. Official ART WEEK CAPE TOWN launch party: Saturday November 24, Mzoli’s Place, Gugulethu, 6pm.

2. Maboneng Township Arts Experience: Saturday November 24 – Sunday November 26, Gugulethu. 11am – 7pm on both days.

3. City Bowl gallery openings: Monday 26 November – Wednesday 28 November. 6-9pm

4. Opening of Mikhael Subotzky’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award Exhibition, Retinal Shift: Wednesday 28 November, 6pm, Iziko South African National Gallery.

5. Woodstock gallery openings: Thursday 29 November, from 6pm -9pm.

6. ArtWalk open studio programme [Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory]: Friday 30 November – Saturday 1 December. Various times (see ART WEEK website for details).

7. Party at /A Word of Art, 66 Albert Road Woodstock: Friday 30 November 7pm until late.

8. GIPCA Live Art Festival: Friday November 30 – Tuesday December 4, 2012, at Hiddingh Hall and City Hall

ABOUT THE CONTEMPORARY ART DEVELOPMENT TRUST: The Contemporary Art Development Trust (CADT) is a public benefit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa, that is committed to promoting contemporary art in Southern Africa.

ART WEEK CAPE TOWN is supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Cape Town.

24 November 2012 - 04 December 2012

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The Cape Town Month of Photography Festival, MOP, created by the South African Centre for Photography, is the most extensive Photographic culture event in South Africa, now in its 5th presentation. Like its international counterparts, Paris Photo, Visa Pour l’Image Perpignan, The London Month of Photography and the New York Photo Festival in May, it exhibits still and moving images in bodies of work created by the current top photographers and artists of the country as well as those in historical archives and currently on the international photography scene. It offers educational components including exhibition walkabouts, workshops, master classes, seminars and social events that gear towards the culture seeker, the lay photographer, the amateur, the apprentice, the professional, academic, curator and the collector, servicing many layers of attraction for all.

Events are scheduled to stagger their durations, displaying at the Castle of Good Hope, top galleries, museums, cinemas, event halls and other upmarket city venues from mid September with the official Grand Opening on the 27th September 2012, the peak of the festival cooling down into mid November. We also hope to present a charity exhibition and auction.

See the South African Centre for Photography website for details:

27 September 2012 - 01 November 2012

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Very Real Time has been happening in various forms, mostly in Cape Town, South Africa, since 2003. The main objective is to try and set up suitable conditions for meaningful exchange between artists working in a contemporary and global context. For exchange to be meaningful as well as ongoing, the intimate and interpersonal dimension becomes a central component to the project’s content. Visiting artists live in the homes of local artists and in this way quickly become implicated the networks and interpersonal dynamics of the city.  In this way the project has nourished personal relationships and artistic exchanges between local and visiting artists, which remain active to this day.

Previous residents include : Bridget Baker (SA) James Beckett (SA, The Netherlands), Michael Blum (Austria), Jo O’ Connor (SA), Cinthia Marcelle (Brazil), Thembinkosi Goniwe (SA), Jean Meeran (SA), Jimmy Robert (France), Mieke Van de Voort (NL), Sung Hwan Kim (Korea), Conrado Tostado and Jeannine Diego Medina (Mexico) and Ed Young (South Africa).

The 3rd Very Real Time residency runs from March 20 – April 20 2012, in Cape Town. Participating artists are: Claire Harvey (UK, NL), Julia Rosa Clark (SA), Milena Bonilla (Colombia, NL), Leonid Tsvetkov (RU, NL, USA), Kianoosh Motallebi (IR, NL), James Beckett (SA, NL).

20 March 2012 - 20 April 2012