First Thursdays has become one of Johannesburg’s most treasured events, attended by an eclectic array of people, from students and yuppies, creatives and art lovers to fashionistas in search of inspiration, culture and a bit of a jol. Serving up a side of the most sought-after food trucks in town, it is the event not to be missed! The event takes place on the first Thursday of each month, and galleries along Keys Avenue and throughout Rosebank stay open until 9pm and sometimes later, ensuring there is plenty of time for all the razzle and dazzle you require on a Thursday night.
I decided to round up my squad to find out more about this talked about event. The theme was a no brainer for me and summer ready looks from Foschini, The FIX, Markham, Sportscene and Charles & Keith were the perfect fit for my squad and me. We were dressed the part for an evening of cultured, insta- worthy fabulous-ness.
The night begun as it typically does, but this time with a twist, instead of the average “getting ready with mates” routine, my squad and I were treated to only the best pieces from the on-trend brands of TFG. After a few selfies and final touch ups our next stop was Keyes Art Mile, which had turned into a little piece of spicy Havana. An authentic Cuban pop-up celebrated the rhythm of Cuban food, music and culture. A feast for the eyes was to be had on every street corner.
After plenty of meandering, a few more cocktails and an invite to dance Cuban, we ended our night by sitting under a lit stairway exhausted from the night’s samba dance moves and overcome by the giggles that result when you mix dancing with a great night out. Although tired and happy, we all looked summer ready for a sizzling season of events, festivities and late nights to come …..now onto the after party!
We instantly stepped into a world filled with culture, rhythm and style. Experiencing some delicious Cuban cuisine under a star lit sky with colourful cocktails in hand it was time to explore the must see galleries at Keyes Art Mile. Smac was the first stop and a favourite to see. The art works were made of golden sheets of metallic paper on canvas, which made for exceptionally intriguing visuals to say the least.