Remember my post from three months ago about the Sheds @1Fox? The giant, historic warehouse on Fox Street slated to become a fashionable downtown market? I went back to see it again last Friday.

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The Sheds three months ago.

The Sheds inside

The Sheds on Friday.

The Sheds @1Fox has come a long way since June and it’s on schedule to open this week, just in time for the Joburg City Festival. On Thursday (2 October) there will be an “urban picnic” to celebrate the opening of the Sheds, benefiting the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, and on Saturday (4 October) there will be a concert featuring my favorite Jozi band, BCUC. I’m excited to check out both events.

Speaking of the Joburg City Festival, the festival is this weekend (the two events at the Sheds are part of the main programme) and there will be exciting things happening all around downtown Jozi from Thursday through Sunday. Last year’s Joburg City Festival was awesome and I can’t wait to see how this year measures up. Browse around the festival website to see what’s on and then book your tickets — there are some really big acts playing so don’t procrastinate. Public transport is available to and from all Joburg City Festival events.

BCUC finale

BCUC playing at last year’s Joburg City Festival. I expect this year’s performance to be just as epic.

And speaking of festivals, the Joburg City Festival isn’t the only one coming up in the next seven days. The City of Gold Urban Art Festival is next week (5-11 October), featuring international and local graffiti artists creating beautiful artwork all over the city. There will also be exhibitions, graffiti tours, and film screenings. Keep checking the City of Gold website and Facebook page for more details.

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The artist who painted this little ad for 2Summers will be featured in the City of Gold Festival. I’m excited to spend some time documenting his work — he’ll be painting something a lot larger and more elaborate than what you see here. Any guesses who he is?

So basically, the best week of the year in Joburg City starts this Thursday. Make plans now.

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