Cape Town will join international countries in First Thursdays. This will be the second time Cape Town is participating in the event where ten art galleries in the CBD will provide free admission and stay open till 9pm.
Boosting the economy
Selected shops and restaurants located around the galleries and between Bree and Long Street will also stay open till 9pm on the first Thursday of every month, a move that will boost the CBD's night time economy. The number of galleries currently participating has increased by three from the first event and we have eight retailers participating.
"The inaugural First Thursdays in November went really well and we expect more visitors this month with new exhibitions, more galleries, and even some shops, restaurants and bars added to the programme," says Gareth Pearson, organiser of First Thursdays Cape Town.
The aim of First Thursdays
The First Thursdays idea originates from London where every month over 170 galleries and museums in east London stay open till 9pm with free events, talks, exhibitions and private views. The idea has since spread to many cities across the globe.
"We encourage more shops and restaurants to be a part of the initiative by catering to the patrons visiting the galleries. This initiative is a step in the right direction towards making Cape Town a 24/7 work and play city and a great way to add diversity to the CBD's night time economy," says Rob Kane, chairperson of the Central City Improvement District (CCID).
Berlin is another world class city that waives admission fees into selected galleries and museum every first Thursday, whilst Paris and other global capitals such as Madrid offer free access to selected museums and galleries on the first Sunday of the month
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