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A creative’s guide to Cape Town’s Design Indaba 2013

It’s that time of the year again when hundreds of creative folk descend on Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, for THE innovative event of the year: the 2013 Design Indaba. Held at the impressive Cape Town International Convention Centre and various venues in and around the chic city centre from Wednesday 27 February to Sunday 3 March, this year’s Indaba features four inspirational events you cannot miss.

Put the Mother City on the world’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?

Dirty Dancing’s Baby is having the Time of Her Life in Cape Town

Nobody puts Baby in a corner – and there is no doubt that the beautiful Bryony Whitfield, who plays the iconic character in Dirty Dancing: the Classic Story on Stage at the Artscape Theatre, will ever find herself in that position in Cape Town.

Five things you didn’t know about the Castle of Good Hope

The Castle of Good Hope, a Cape Town landmark, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline.

Your Cape Town weekend: top 3 events in the Mother City

Party, party, party… that’s the theme for your weekend in sunny Cape Town, Mother City lovers! Go forth and spend your hard-earned salary on fabulous outfits, then shimmy on over to the following events from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 February, 2013 – and discover why the fun never stops in Cape Town.

Five things you didn’t know about Cape Town Railway Station

Much like New York’s Grand Central Station, Cape Town’s bustling railway station on the Foreshore is the arrival and departure point for local and international visitors, and a final destination for travelling employees, students and residents.

Fazielah’s top three weekend bargain shopping spots in Cape Town

So, it’s the middle of January (or, as our team likes to call it, Januworry) and you’re broke, but you simply HAVE to start shopping for that über-fabulous J&B Met, Swedish House Mafia or Madame Zingara outfit. Stash those credit cards, my frugal friends, and come and hunt for bargains with me at these shopping spots in Cape Town from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January, 2013.

Painting Cape Town with author Matthew Olckers

Painting Cape Town author Matthew Olckers talks to us about his passion for graffiti and why he loves Cape Town.

Grand Daddy hotel: Nothin’ trashy about Cape Town’s award-winning trailer park

Cape Town’s quirky Grand Daddy hotel, with its trademark rooftop trailer park, has been recognised yet again for its unique contribution to luxury accommodation in the Mother City.

Tart Designer Cari Stephenson Inspired by Cape Town for Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week

Bright neon colours, pleats and pastels are the undisputed themes for spring/summer 2012, as evidenced by the jaw-droppingly beautiful outfits at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 25 to 28, 2012.

Vintage shopping between 86 and 219 Long Street

Cape Town is a city filled with fashionable people and with the number of fashion designers who’ve made the city their home, it’s easy to understand why. But where does one find the best buys? Why Long Street, naturally. Guest writer Lucy da Costa takes a walk down this busy street to discover the unique vintage stores.

Signing of WDC 2014 marks World Industrial Design Day

Cape Town has marked World Industrial Design day by signing a host city agreement between the City of Cape Town and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), confirming Cape Town as the World Design Capital for 2014.

Cape Town’s street art – a gallery for all

Every day I pass a large mural on a dilapidated building on Albert Road in Woodstock. It is a painting of two Zimbabwean men, Juma and Willard, with the quote, “Inspire ourselves to inspire each other.” I read this message every day and in return, it inspires me. Street art is for everyone without the pretence of a gallery – it belongs to everyone and no one.

Design Indaba 2012 Expo in Photos

The Design Indaba Expo 2012 had the Cape Town International Convention Centre teeming with creatives, design lovers and innovative thinkers from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March, 2012.

Design Indaba 2012 in Cape Town

Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital, will welcome the premier creative event of the year, the 2012 Design Indaba Conference and Expo to her innovative shores from Wednesday February 29 to Sunday 4 March, 2012.

A designer’s day out in Cape Town

With Cape Town appointed the World Design Capital for 2014, there is no doubt that all creative eyes will be on the city in the coming years. Cape Town’s creative community is getting ready to welcome visitors with open arms this year, starting with the annual Design Indaba at the end of February, and the Infecting the City’s Public Arts Festival at the beginning of March. Until then we’ve put together a list of places to visit to get those creative juices flowing.

Design and the city – Flickr pic of the day

This photograph of a girl with her designer handbag was photographed in the city centre by Ricardo on behalf our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member the WREN design.

Cape Town: A designer city

Cape Town is host to annual events such as Creative Week and Design Indaba, which champion creativity. There’s plenty to see, explore and discover. So what’s a typical day like in a “designer city”? From a design perspective there are three areas to discover: the Central Centre precinct, The Fringe and Woodstock, each jam-packed with creatives, studios and shops. We invite you to engage with our creative energy and see the city through our eyes…

Top Five Street Art Spots in Cape Town

Tagging, spray painting, drawings… you name it, we’ve seen it all on walls and buildings in Cape Town. Whether you see it as a public nuisance or an expression of art, there is no denying that the street art by more than 200 local artists is getting us talking and thinking.

Loerie Awards 2011: Saturday night winners

The 33rd Annual Loerie Awards Festival Weekend began on Friday 16th September 2011, following a weeklong celebration of local creative talent as part of the Creative Week Cape Town initiative. The first awards ceremony was held on Saturday evening at a new venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Cape Town design districts

Cape Town’s design districts range from the bohemian Long Street to the trendy East Central Precinct, and quaint seaside Kalk Bay to Victorian Wynberg. Our hometown teems with creatively designed neighbourhoods. Home to innovations such as the Freeworld Design Centre and the Mutual Building in the CBD, and Etafeni Centre in Nyanga, Cape Town is a showcase of design we can be proud of.

Design Indaba inspires Cape Town

A comment from a visitor to the Design Indaba, on what makes Cape Town a great design city. Photo courtesy Ingrid Sinclair Hailed by thought leaders like Michael Wolff and Dana Arnett as the top international design conference in the world, Design Indaba has captured the city this week – the energy was palpable as delegates from all corners of the globe were welcomed into Cape Town’s creative heart. Not only was the city’s beauty and fabulous weather celebrated by speakers from abroad, but our people also clearly left an impression. Tim Beard of Bibliothèque, one of the UK’s top design agencies, said, “The warm hospitality of Cape Town is unsurpassed”

Montebello Design Centre, Newlands

The shop. Photo provided by Montebello Design Centre Are you interested in art and crafts? Would you like to spend a little time exploring one of Cape Town’s most unique venues? Whether you’re a visitor or a local, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands has much to offer you.

Olive Green Cat ‒ an ode to creative Cape Town

I am often stopped mid-sentence, mid-meeting, mid-shopping, mid-flight and mid-just-about-anything by someone wanting to know where I got my unique wedding ring from. To say that it has become a bit of a talking point is putting it mildly. I am always only too happy to rave about my favourite Cape Town creatives – Olive Green Cat. Weird name, I know, but it says something about this brilliant design trio: unique, tongue-in-cheek, contemporary, individualist and, above all, passionately Capetonian.

New hotels open in Cape Town

The Grand Daddy, photo courtesy The Grand Daddy Hotel website In the lead-up to 2010, there is a growing demand for accommodation in Cape Town. The Mother City has added 1 100 new hotel rooms in the past five years, which means a 45% growth in capacity. At least nine more new hotels will open by 2010.