Johannesburg’s freshest new venue Joziburg at No. One Eloff Street invites you to visit the visionary new complex for fun, food, film, exhibitions and rooftop parties in the city from the end of July onwards.
The eye-catching blue and turquoise block on the corner of downtown Jozi is already home to cool creatives who live in its loft style apartments, now it’s office, retail and entertainment plans are set to be fully realised.
Joziburg, owned by Molten Black, is a neighbourhood of colours, freedom and expression – it aims to become an aspirational living, working, entertainment and shopping community/district by and for the inner city urban dweller.
Whilst enjoying the film, food, exhibitions, talks and parties at Joziburg, be sure to check out the office and shop space available for rent. Bag Alley is an exploration and combination of informal street trader style stores with a platform for entrepreneurs to get to grips with retail in a cost-effective and stimulating atmosphere. Services, brands and merchants can now interact with like-minded individuals in order to realise their vision.
The end of July will see leading Johannesburg cultural curators programming daily events that the public are welcome to attend every night. Sifiso Khanyile’s June 16 documentary Uprize will screen at the first of The Film Noire screenings on Wednesday, 26 July. Thursday, 27July will be the opening night for The Kollektive Pop Up Gallery who will also be hosting a talk the next day. Saturdays in the city will never be the same after Joziburg’s rooftop hosts The Feel Good Sessions on the 29th. Melo B Jones will be live and on the decks, DJs 1D, Bubbles, The DJ,Doda, Bhibo (from Until Until), Scott The Girl, Themba Lunacy as well as Zanele & Zodwa. On Sunday, the same venue will host the most cutting- edge art and music in Joburg with Joziburg-based, The Bubblegum Club’s New Sound Night. August’s programme is set to be as exciting!
Wednesday, 26 July – Film Noire Screenings
Film Noire’s mission is to bring the power of cinematic storytelling to the people of Johannesburg through monthly screenings hosted at 1 Eloff’s, Joziburg.
The screenings will feature a selection of must-see documentaries and films from African filmmakers as well as classics produced in the country, the continent as well as across the diaspora.
The first screening will feature the recently premiered Uprize by Sifiso Khanyile. The Soweto uprising of 1976 is well documented: students peacefully protested the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. By nightfall over 200 lay dead. The less well-documented ‘76 protest action by activists in Bonteheuwel, Langa and the Cape Flats, and the student deaths, are the heart of this film. Personal reflections of struggle stalwarts Fatima Dike, Dr Mongane Wally Serote and Duma Ndlovu consider the states’ brutal response, the influence of the Black Consciousness Movement and their disappointment with the current state of the nation. It’s a glimpse into 70s SA, the cost of the fight for education and freedom, and especially relevant 40 years later as university students take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education.
Thursday, 27 July – The Kollective Pop Up Gallery
On 27 July, Kulture Kollective will launch ‘THE KOLLEKTIVE POP UP’ gallery at Joziburg. The space will see Kulture partnering up with some of the most exciting creatives around fashion, sneaker culture, art and design. They will incorporate unconventional elements and curated visual journeys for innovative exhibitions. The first collaboration calls on the acclaimed creative collective, Uncultured Club, and will provide an alternative experience from what is commonly known to be a traditional exhibition experience. Every last Thursday over the next five months, the gallery will be introducing a new artist collaboration around a night market setting where there will be drinks, cocktails and food to match the environment.
Friday, 28 July – Talks/workshops held at The Kollective Gallery. Time: 4pm till 7pm
The gallery will be launching their first exhibition in collaboration with The Uncultured Club on 27 July and so the first conversation will be with Anthony Bila, Nicholas Rawhani and Chisanga Mubanga of The Uncultured Club.
The Kollective Gallery is an interactive exhibition and social space located at 1 Eloff, Joziburg. It is run by the Kulture Collective, a group of like-minded creatives focused on curating, showcasing and bringing together the best African creativity can offer across a wide range of disciplines. Once a month, a new artist or creative collaboration will be launched at the ‘The Kollective Gallery’. The artist’s work will live in the space for four weeks and during the said artist’s tenure at the gallery, we will host a talk featuring and centered around him/her. The purpose of the talk will be to provide more detail and context around their current work as well as introduce themselves and their journey from then to now.
Saturday, 29 July – Feel Good Series
The Feel Good Series is a monthly day party that turns up every last Saturday of the month at Joziburg’s newest rooftop venue.
The musical landscape is an agile blend of Funk, Soul, R&B, House, Hip-Hop, Reggae and global grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems and modern day bangers.
It’s a laid-back day time groove that stretches into the evening and will feature guest appearances from some of your favourite artists and DJs.
DJ 1D (founder and resident DJ of Analogue Nights)
Bubbles the DJ
Bhibo (from Until Until)
Scott The Girl
Zanele & Zodwa (founders and resident DJs of Sunday143)
Performing live will be singer, songwriter and boombaptist Melo B Jones who has just released her EP, The Start under Kid Fonque’s and Julian Gomes’ record label Stay True Sounds.
30 July – New Sound Night
New Sound Night is a weekly events platform for upcoming musical projects or newly released music. The event is run by the Bubblegum Club collective and web magazine who operate from Joziburg, and will include singles, mixtapes, EPs and album launches or listening sessions with artists providing audiences with rare insights into their music