Joburg is a small place. So what happens when you’ve partied your way all though the city and you have no where left to go? In the case of Sfiso Mthetwa and friends, you create the kind of experience you would want to be a part of.
That is how the annual Tux party was born.
“It was just a group of friends who wanted to do something different. We had been partying all through our time at varsity and in our 20’s and once one of us was turning 30 we decided we wanted to something different.”
Described as ‘the ultimate social black tie event’ aimed at those interested in looking sharp and having a good time while doing so, the first annual Tux Party was hosted in 2010 in a night club featuring guys in Tuxes and girls in cocktail dresses. But, it was still just a party inspired by Jay Z’s music video for ‘Roc Boys.’
In a 2013 Just Curious article written by Mthetwa, he explained that the founders of the event sought to provide young professional with a space to network while enjoying good music and looking their best.
This year’s event will be nothing like the Tux Party of yesteryear however. From changing venues and bringing sponsors on board to implementing a stricter dress code and changing the structure of the event, the TUX Party has evolved along with its founders.
“As we grew, our tastes became more defined”
This is most evident through their collaboration with the CANSA foundation in 2015 and the CHOC Foundation in 2016 in order to raise awareness all while having a little fun.
“We noticed that young black people rarely paid much attention to cancer before. It was also a very racial issue as we often perceive it as a problem for older white people.”
Thanks to a combination of interest in the event and the exclusive nature of the party, tickets are moving quickly. The 10-seater package has already sold out and the remaining 4 and 6-seater packages are moving quickly in the final week leading up to the event.
Those who have already bought tickets can expect to enjoy a live performance from The Muffins in a premium venue, which sells itself according to Mthetwa. “When you’re there it feels like you’re somewhere in between a New York City rooftop and somewhere in Italy so you’re inclined to dress the part,” he explained.
Attendees also have the luxury of viewing the floor plan online to choose exactly where they want to sit on the night in addition to ordering tailored bottle packages online ahead of the event.
Beverage options vary from Vodka supplied by the event’s lead sponsor, Grey Goose, to whiskey, gin and champagne. The hosts have also hired a chef who will be preparing fresh food on site on the evening.
The intimate networking session will also feature a poker game, a photo booth and a chance for the evening’s best-dressed person to win tickets to a polo event, which will be taking place the day after the Tux Party.
The reinvention and repositioning the event lends itself to expansion which Mthetwa and his partners are definitely considering. “We don’t want to replicate it just for the sake of replicating it but there are works in the pipline,” explained Mthtwa.
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2016
Venue: The Park, House of Events, Hyde Park
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