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February 25, 2013

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:

The Design Indaba is in Cape Town from Wedneday 27 February to Sunday 3 March, 2013. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

For the scholars:

Design Indaba Conference and Young Designers’ Simulcast

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:

Design Indaba Expo

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:

Design Indaba Music Circuit

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:

Design Indaba FilmFest

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.

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