For the City of Johannesburg, the investment is an indication of investor’s renewed confidence in the potential held within the inner city. Since coming into government, the new administration has long maintained that the revitalizing the inner city by turning into a construction site of redevelopment is key component in creating jobs within the Johannesburg local economy and through strategic public private partnerships, also creating affordable quality housing for residents. By working together with all sectors of society, we can progressively transform the inner city into a space where residents can live work and play. Following a competitive bidding process, Divercity has acquired the 30-storey ABSA Towers Main building from ABSA, conditional on approvals from the Competition Commission. The currently unoccupied building will be redeveloped into a one-of-a-kind mixed-use building, including 520 affordably priced residential rental apartments, a floor of coffee shops, restaurants and recreation space, child care facilities, a public park, integrated public transport facilities and a wealth of public art. ABSA will also be leasing back nine floors with 10,000sqm of office space in the redeveloped building. Once completed, the development will be valued at over R400m. The project will commence in early 2019, with ABSA expected to [...]
Victoria Yards 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville (opposite Nandos' head office) Sunday 5th August 10h00 to 15h00 Workshops, music, crafts, fresh produce, craft beer and pizza. Find a list of guided tours HERE to explore Joburg on foot, by bicycle or even on a skateboard.
Keyes Art Mile, 22 Keyes Ave, Rosebank Saturday 28 July Taking place on the last Saturday morning of every month, the eco-friendly and plastic-free event specialises in small-batch, artisanal food products for you to take home and stock your pantry with.
The Freemasons Hall, 8 Park Lane, Parktown Saturday 21 July, 9 am to 2.30pm An opportunity to explore the fascinating architecture and history of the Freemason's Hall and shop for antique maps, struggle posters, first editions, books on travel & exploration, postcards & antique documents.
Wednesday 18 July Dlala Nje are bringing colour back to The Alhambra Theatre. Dlala Nje will join hands with Gordon Cook & his crew as they begin their revival of the Alhambra. Plans are underway to transform this Doornfontein gem into an exciting education-arts hub. Only 7% of all South Africa's learners in public schools are exposed to the Arts & Drama through classes or extra-mural activities. By the end of 2018, the Alhambra aims to become an inner city oasis for Jozi's kids to learn and experience the arts. Some TLC is needed to get this iconic Theatre back to its former glory. Join Dlala Nje from 10 am to 2pm and don't forget the following: Bright Colour Paints, Paint Brushes, Rollers and Paraffin! More details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newtown Saturday 14th July The Newtown Now festival presents a packed programme of FREE walking tours, exhibitions, performances, new public art activations, markets, fun family events and creative workshops.
Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso St, Newtown Friday 13th - Sunday 15th July Times & Tickets (click here)
Foto ZA Gallery, Shop 402, Level 4, Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank Sunday 1st - Tuesday 31st July "Mandela100 The Exhibition" celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday by showcasing rarely seen historical images, invaluable archival documents and letters written to Mandela by children of all ages.
The French Embassy is bringing the incredible Wonders of Rock Art exhibition to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. An exact reproduction of more than 2,000 figures painted on the walls of the world-famous Lascaux Cave in France which are more than 17,000 years old, this awe-inspiring exhibition transforms Sci-Bono's ground level into a life size recreation of the Lascaux cave. Complementing the French rock art paintings is a stunning exhibition of priceless rock art from the Wits Art Museum collection making this one of the most important exhibitions of ancient rock art anywhere in the world. An interactive exhibition, activities for kids include a chance to turn stone to paint and create their very own "rock art". Date: May 17 2018 - Oct 1 2018 Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre Cnr Miriam Makeba St and Helen Joseph Sts, Newtown Open 09:00-17:00, Sat, Sun 09:30-16:30. sci-bono.co.za www.facebook.com/SciBono
Within a converted warehouse in what used to be one of the most dangerous parts of Johannesburg, you can eat gelato made by an Italian who had the machines shipped over from his family's store in Rome. You can taste golden fish from Mozambique cooked in the Congolese style, with rice and plantains, sample corn cakes with four kinds of sauce made by a Zulu bohemian who describes his style of dress as "funky Amish," or try ginger roti made by Rastafarians who, when you ask where they hail from, will tell you they are citizens of the "celestial paradise of the fifth dimension." Nearby, on a rooftop, you can dance to salsa music. On the street below, you can watch a drunken Frenchman wave his hands like a rhythmically challenged conductor while musicians play marimbas made from wooden pallets. Around the block, as techno from Zimbabwe rattles the speakers of a car parked nearby, you can meet a jeweler from one of the townships who used to get the brass for his rings by melting down discarded kerosene stoves, but now makes pieces out of silver and gold for the affluent shoppers who roam the neighborhood. Read The Full [...]