About First Thursdays

First Thursdays is a monthly cultural experience centred around a walkable programme of art galleries, retail stores, restaurants and bars, taking place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. First Thursdays was started by Thursdays Projects in Cape Town in 2012, expanding to Johannesburg in 2015. Thursdays Projects coordinates the initiative, promotes each month’s programme, and produces special cultural experiences with aligned partners.

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There are two aspects to participating in First Thursdays as a gallery, restaurant, bar or other type of venue or event. One aspect is to feature in each month's programme, which we communicate and promote to an audience of over 10 000 people on our website and mailing list, and over 50 000 people on Instagram and Facebook. The other aspect is to contribute to the work that goes into the ongoing management and development of the First Thursdays initiative, which collectively benefits most businesses within active First Thursdays districts.

To participate in First Thursdays, list on our platforms, and support the initiative, please email: info@thursdaysprojects.co.za

Seasonal listings

We suggest this option for businesses and venues that participate in First Thursdays on a regular basis. It includes being featured on the quarterly First Thursdays print maps, along with a listing on the web programme, updated monthly, and consideration for featuring in each month's highlights.

Monthly listings

We suggest this option for once-off events, or for new listings that have missed the deadline for the new season. It includes a listing on the web programme, and consideration for featuring in the month's highlights. For special events, launches, and brand activations, email us for more information on our featured packages.

Seasons & applications
  • AUTUMN 2023

    2 Mar / 6 Apr / 4 May
    Deadline: 15 February
  • WINTER 2023

    1 Jun / 6 Jul / 3 Aug
    Deadline: 17 May
  • SPRING 2023

    7 Sep / 5 Oct / 2 Nov
    Deadline: 23 August
Participation Categories

Participation in First Thursdays and listing on the official programme is broken up into two types: seasonal and monthly. This is valid for both Cape Town (CBD and East city) and Johannesburg (Braamfontein, Rosebank and Maboneng).

  • Cultural Spaces

    Art galleries + cultural attractions

    
    R 850 monthly
    R 1875 seasonal
    R 7500 annual
    Apply
  • Retail Stores

    Retail stores + markets

    
    R 850 monthly
    R 1875 seasonal
    R 7500 annual
    Apply
  • Restaurants + Bars

    Restaurants + bars

    
    R 850 monthly
    R 2250 seasonal
    R 9000 annual
    Apply

First Thursdays is a monthly cultural experience centred around a walkable programme of art galleries, retail stores, restaurants and bars, taking place in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. First Thursdays was started by Thursdays Projects in Cape Town in 2012, expanding to Johannesburg in 2015. Thursdays Projects coordinates the initiative, promotes each month’s programme, and produces special cultural experiences with aligned partners.