February 25, 2013
A creative’s guide to Cape Town’s Design Indaba 2013
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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:
For the scholars:
Who says being creative means you can’t be studious?
With the who’s who of the artistic elite, including renowned graphic designer Paula Scher, John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, and architect David Adjaye, presenting their best-case design practices at the conference from Wednesday to Friday, you’re sure to be absorbing valuable knowledge while getting your creative juices flowing.
Students, don’t let a stringent budget stand in your way of learning from the imaginative best. Book now for the Young Designers’ Simulcast, and get a creative education for less.
For the fashionistas and decor aficionados:
Experience bespoke South African designs under one roof at the CTICC at the Expo from Friday to Sunday.
This year’s home-grown showcase will feature the 100% local designs of more than 400 exhibitors, including fashion designers Adriaan Kuiters and bluecollarwhitecollar; jewellery designers Anomali and Firepetals; and furniture designers Kaross & Goet and Meyer von Wielligh.
Your R70 ticket entitles you to a viewing of the spectrum of these designers, as well a variety of fashion shows and Cape Town's biggest food truck contingent (think the delectable Limoncello and El Burro), as well as talks by Anthony Silverston of Triggerfish, the Cape Town animation studio that produced the country’s first feature-length animation film, Adventures in Zambezia, and magazine queen Jane Raphaely.
For the musos:
Music is creativity in motion (or audio, as the case may be), and this rhythmic addition to the Indaba line-up will have the Mother City rocking to the talents of 32 culturally different artists at various venues around the City Centre.
Get down with the likes of Taxi Violence at Aces ‘n Spades, Mix n Blend at the CTICC’s Design Indabar, and jazz legend Hugh Masekela at the Mahogany Room. Tickets range from R50 to R200 and are available at www.quicket.co.za.
For the cinema buffs:
All the elements of design come together beautifully on film, and that makes the FilmFest a must-do!
Catch the premieres of Morgan Spurlock’s film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, science, technology, design and opera mash-up The International Space Orchestra, and the creative process documentary From Nothing, Something. Tickets are R35 each and are available at www.quicket.co.za.
For more information about the 2013 Design Indaba, please visit http://www.designindaba.com.