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Literally meaning a place of light, Maboneng is an urban neighborhood which has been privately developed in eastern Johannesberg CBD. With several independent retail, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as loft apartments, offices, hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces, the place is a thriving cultural hub. For more information on neighborhood properties and events, visit their website.
POPART Theatre offers a fresh, contemporary take on performing arts. A production house and arts venue, the theater welcomes some of the best new talent to showcase their original work. The program is eclectic and spans genres from stand-up comedy to concerts and modern dance. Shows are held here from Thursday to Sunday. Comedy enthusiasts should stop by on Sunday for the venue's comedy event, the Box, held weekly. With an eye to promote local South African talent, POPART is a great place to experience the city's local entertainment scene in a fun setting.
The Alhambra Theatre located next door to the famed Anton van Wouw Restaurant, was built at the turn of the nineteenth century. Restored and refurbished to it's original beauty, the theater hosts a wide spectrum of mainstream productions from comedies to thrillers. Look out for the photographs and posters of previous productions which adorn the foyer walls. Dress is smart casual. Call ahead for hours.
Perched atop the 50th floor of the old, non-functional, yet beautiful Carlton Center, Top of Africa is an observation deck located on the Commissioner Street in downtown Joburg. The apex of the tallest building in all of Africa, the deck is among the most popular attractions in the city. The glamorous observation deck and hotel once hosted many a celebrities who often frequented for the stunning panorama that comprises of diverse scenes - lush green thicket, several high rises, low-pro suburbs and of course, the gold mines and reefs and lots more.
At 228 meters/728 feet tall, the Carlton Centre is the tallest building in Africa, making it one of Johannesburg's most popular landmarks. Built in the 1970's, the center has been an iconic part of the city's skyline ever since, with such additional features as the 50th floor, Top of Africa, observation deck, which offers panoramic views of the city, as well as an underground shopping mall, which connects the center to the neighboring Carlton Hotel (currently closed). Located in the heart of Johannesburg's Central Business District, this conveniently located landmark should be a part of any visitor's itinerary.
The small hall of the the Windybrow Theater is ideal for lectures and reading sessions. The hall is equipped with basic sound technology and is sometimes used for theater workshops for children. It has a seating capacity for 60 spectators and along with the Main hall and the mini-auditorium, the WindyBrow theater is a pioneer cultural institution aimed to nurture upcoming talents. Refer the website for more information.
The Johannesburg City Hall is a colonial architectural jewel in the heart of the city. It boasts a beautiful pipe organ which, until a few years ago, was the largest one in the southern hemisphere. After implementing a charter of cultural heritage in the inner city, the council has refurbished the city hall to accommodate music events and meetings. This is a wonderful symbol of a city that has come alive again.
Built in 1937, Ansteys Tower was formerly the home of Norman Anstey & Company department store, famous for its beautiful window dressings that could be seen through its plate glass shop fronts. Today, the first three floors have been modernized, losing the elegance the building once had at street level, but its majestic past can still be seen in its upper floors. As well, the inside also retains some of its former splendor with wall-to-ceiling mirrors and decorative brass. The building is now a national monument.