First Thursdays is fast becoming a monthly highlight on Cape Town’s social calendar, and the December edition is the biggest yet. The 46 participating spots include galleries, studios, shops, eateries and public spaces, all staying open late in celebration of local creativity. We sifted through them and here’s our selection of must-see spots:

 

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Paper Cuts, a short pop-­up exhibition opens at The CabinetCape Town’s brand new gallery showing limited edition design, illustration and typography prints from local & international designers at 64a Wale Street.

 

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Derek Jarman, 1994 is a mixed media installation project by Morné Visagie showing at BRUNDYN+  in Room1, and a group exhibition in Rooms 2 and 3 by artists like Jody Paulsen, Mohau Modiskaneg, Tom Cullberg, Mack Magagane, Chris van Eeden and Matthew Hindley.

 

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Mime by Dale Washkansky opens at Commune.1, 64 Wale Street, Cape Town.

 

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The Cheap as Chips Xmas Market runs from 4pm at The Pit (behing Clarke’s Diner), with new products, exclusive samples and sale items from local and international brands like 2Bop, RVCA, Shelflife, Baseline, WESC, Dope Industries, Roastin’ Records, The Time Machine, Your Mom’s wheels. Also catch Happy Hour between 5pm – 7pm.

 

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Black Sheep | Clever Monkey, a joint and collaborative exhibition by husband and wife creatives Pete and Elaine Woodbridge, opens at  THE d’VINE art ROOM at the New Heritage Gallery.

 

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A storytelling and sharing session about life on Church Square from 6:30pm at the corner of Spin and Parliament Street.

 

A spiritual Moment by Anna Engelhardt

 

The Essence of Seeing, a photographic exhibition by the Full Spectrum Photographic Club opens at 6 Spin Street Restaurant Gallery, 6 Spin Street.

 

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Sanctuary by David Silberbauer shows at Art Union, inside situated in &Union, 110 Bree Street (at Church St).

 

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Merchants on Long at 34 Long Street hosts fashion photographer Ulrich Knoblauchs’ behind the scenes images shot at this season’s New York and Paris Fashion Weeks for Self Service Magazine. The Main Space will also host the unveiling of MaXhosa by Laduma’s first fashion film.

 

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The Black Box Gallery showcases a solo exhibition by Thembinkosi Kohli at 52 Church Street.

 

Join the First Thursdays Facebook Event#FirstThursdays on Twitter, or go to the First ThursdaysWebsite for the full lists of monthly Highlights. Also check out their handy map here.

 

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