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#OpenNextLevel: What’s On at the Heineken® Pop-Up Bar in Braamfontein

Watch out Braamies, something exciting is opening its doors in Smit Street tomorrow. From 2 December right up until the 12th, the Heineken® Next Level Bar (designed to reflect the new 330ml Cool Can) will play host to an array of exciting creative events. Let’s #OpenNextLevel.

Media launch with the Super Sellout Arcade:

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The Super Sellout Arcade (run by the guys behind the Cape Town based Super Friendship Arcade) are bringing one of their signature indie videogames parties to Jozi for the Next Level Bar launch on Wednesday, 2 December. From 6pm till late invited guests will try their hand at a fun selection of games using custom controllers fashioned out of Heineken® Cool Cans.

Interactive Cool Can Jam and an arcade party with the SSA crew:

Super Sellout Arcade Can Jam

For the public launch of the Next Level Bar, the Super Sellout Arcade are bringing even more fun with an all-welcome interactive Can Jam where they’ll be exploring new custom consoles using the Heineken® Cool Can. This lasts from 2 – 5pm and will lead into a free-for-all videogames party that ends at 12am – bring your friends!

Hand illustrated colour-in selfie wall:


Illustrator and designer Karabo Poppy Moletsane is creating a large-scale monochrome illustration inside the pop-up bar for visitors to colour in and later, use as a backdrop for fabulous selfies. She’ll be in the space on Friday, 4 December from 2pm and the “selfie booth” will be up until 12am that night.

30 second portraits with Coenie Grebe:

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In the first of two 30 second portrait sessions at the Next Level Bar, Coenie Grebe is going to whip up sketchy and colourful digital portraits of visitors on his iPad. He’ll be there from 7pm onwards on Friday, 4 December. 

Funderlust zine-making workshop and exhibition:


On Saturday, 5 December Jess-Jardim Wedepohl and friends are making their way to Heineken®’s pop-up bar for the second-ever installment of Funderlust, followed by a illustration exhibition. There’ll be art supplies and beer to get the creative juices flowing from 2pm onwards. Spaces are limited, so email to reserve your spot.

A live music and projection based performance:

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Digital artist Bogosi Sekhukhuni forms part of a soon to launch musical duo called ANGELBOYZ. In an exclusive sneak peek on Saturday, 5 December from 7pm Bogosi will be playing VJ with a live performance of music and projections.

Speed dating for the Night Owls:

Night Owls

On Tuesday, 8 December Night Owls organisers Abrie Coertze and Batya Raff will host a pop-up creative skills meet at the Next Level Bar. From 7pm guests will engage in a series of rotating 3 minute meetings to get to know each other in short bursts, followed by a looser networking session over some ice-cold beers.

Bushveld Labs make sci-fi a reality:

Bushveld Labs

In Heineken®’s pop-up bar on Thursday, 10 December Bushveld Labs are having an exclusive showcase of their LED based interactive projects that combine the moving human body and innovative technology. See high-tech taken to new heights from 2 – 5pm.

An exclusive screening of Ghost Diamond:

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Chris Saunders is presenting a screening of part of his collaborative film, Ghost Diamond on Thursday, 10 December. Filmed in Johannesburg, it’s a musical and visual journey driven by Manthe Ribane’s responsive dance moves. After the clip is shown at 7pm Chris will be around for an informative question and answer session.

One-of-a-kind clothing sale and fashion jam:

Kajama Clothing

Nongoma Ndolvu of clothing label Kajama will be selling her youthful, Jozi-inspired items in the space on Friday, 11 December between 2 – 5pm. She’ll also be hosting a print-making workshop/fashion jam in collaboration with her sister, and has another surprise in store that you’ll have to be there to experience.

Want to showcase your work inside the Heineken® Next Level Bar on the evening of Friday, 11 December and win a trip to visit the Milan Design Fair? Show us how you #OpenNextLevel and enter here!

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Finger painter Anastasia Pather is bringing her interactive, social media driven art to the pop-up bar on Saturday, 12 December from 2 – 5pm. We’ll be sharing more news about this closer to the time – look out for the hashtag and details of how you can get involved in creating next level art.


In the final event at Heineken’s pop-up bar Lorenzo Nassimbeni will be hosting another 30 second portrait session in which he’ll use traditional mediums to create simple and sophisticated line drawings from 6pm till midnight.

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