The second edition of First Thursdays at Silo District, Cape Town – sponsored by American Express


4 April 2024

IQOQO is thrilled to be partnering with yet another First Thursdays at Silo District on the 4th of April 2024, for a panel discussion that starts at 17:00. With the sponsorship of American Express, which is operated in South Africa under license by Nedbank, the First Thursdays cultural experience will take place across the Cape Town Creative Academy, Southern Guild, and Zeitz MOCAA. 

Starting at the Cape Town Creative Academy is the Commercialising Creativity: Business Acumen for Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurs panel discussion moderated by Jess Wright (Head of Mentoring of Business Acumen for Artists course at the Cape Town Creative Academy). The discussion features Nene Mahlangu, who is a multidisciplinary artist and one of five winners of the 2023 Amex ZA Graphic Arts Challenge – an exciting initiative for graphic artists, illustrators and designers in South Africa. Her artwork sets the visual identity of this First Thursdays event.

Artist Bonolo Kavula will also join the panel. A graduate of the Business Acumen for Artists course, Kavula was awarded the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize in 2021. Kavula’s work has shown at SMAC Gallery, Norval Foundation and Art Basel in Miami and Switzerland.

Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive: Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Nedbank, will also join the panel to discuss the role that corporates can play in the creative economy, and how American Express is supporting the arts community by enabling opportunities for its Card Members.

Lara Rosmarin, the Head of Entrepreneur Development and Incubation at UVU Accelerate, is the final panellist. As Head of UVU Accelerate, Rosmarin fuels a future-fit society through technology and innovation. UVU Accelerate has been tasked with running the Creation Africa incubation and mentorship programme.

**Plus – all guests who attend the panel discussion will stand the chance to win one of five sets of double tickets for the Amex VIP catered experience at Zeitz MOCAA. 

Commercialising Creativity: Business Acumen for Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurs is hosted by IQOQO at the Cape Town Creative Academy, in partnership with Business Acumen for Artists, Creative Leadership Consultancy, American Express and First Thursdays at the Silo District.

Discussion details 

Date: 04 April 2024

Time: 17:00

Duration: 45 – 60 mins

Venue: Cape Town Creative Academy, Main Campus, 2nd floor, Silo 5, Silo District, V&A Waterfront


This event is also set to bring together art and culture enthusiasts in the city for the Dzuvula (Shedding Skin) by Rich Mnisi and VIGIL by Justine Mahoney art exhibitions at Southern Guild, as well as guided tours at Zeitz MOCAA of SALA, a group exhibition featuring Athi-Patra Ruga, Robin Rhode, El Anatsui, Michele Mathison and more, Self as a Forgotten Monument by Mame-Diarra Niang, and Seekers, Seers, Soothsayers showcasing the works of Gladys Kalichini, Latedjou, Sekai Machache, Nyancho NwaNri, Pamina Sebastião, Buhlebezwe Siwani, and Helena Uambembe. 

Step inside the photo booth outside of Zeitz MOCAA for the Marguerite Oelofse Cover Portrait Photobooth Experience – share to socials using #WithAmex.

Zeitz MOCAA details 

Date: 04 April 2024

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Exclusive deals for American Express Card Members

Vice President of Business Development (East and Southern Africa) at American Express, James Wainaina says, “We are excited about the second edition of First Thursdays at the Silo District, sponsored by American Express. Through this sponsorship, our ambition is to support the art community in South Africa and bring enhanced art experiences to art lovers, including our Card Members.” 

American Express Card Members will get exclusive benefits and access. The first 100 American Express Card Members to book tickets online will get free entry into the museum from 18:00. Thereafter, tickets will be available to Card Members at R125. 

All Card Members will also receive a complimentary welcome drink inside the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, as well as access to a catered VIP experience on the rooftop terrace, with DJ Raresofware providing entertainment. 

Additionally, all American Express Cardmembers who use their Card to buy an entry ticket at Zeitz MOCAA before 30 April 2024 will have the option to upgrade it to an annual membership, valued at R390, for free. In addition to year-round free entry, the membership will include priority access to museum public events, access to quarterly member events, invitations to special artist engagements, and a 10% discount on purchases at the museum shop and the Gantry Café. 

Nedbank is excited to increase its American Express brand presence through this second edition of First Thursdays. “We believe in bringing about meaningful change and this sponsorship demonstrates our commitment to fostering creativity, innovation and community engagement. Through this event, we aim to showcase South Africa’s immense local talent. We invite everyone to join us on this exciting journey of inspiration,” says Buli Ndlovu, Executive Head of Retail and Business Banking Marketing at Nedbank. 

To purchase half-price tickets to Zeitz MOCAA, at R125, please visit Webtickets; with members and under-18s continuing to enjoy free admission as usual.

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