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February 18, 2011

Creative Cape Town: Responsible Tourism Week meets Design Indaba

Design Indaba

Photo courtesy Design Indaba


Right on the tail of Responsible Tourism Week – which has been all about citizens designing the future of the Mother City, making it a more connected community to live in and a more meaningful place to visit – comes Design Indaba. This signature event on the international creative calendar is coming in live and large, first in the form of a conference (which boasts top international talent like Alberto Alessi) from February 23 to 25, and then a curated expo of incredible local design from February 25 to 27, all at Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Started in 1995 around the idea of how to make a better world through creativity, Design Indaba is the premier platform of its kind and not something you want to miss. Especially in the run up to the city’s 2014 World Design Capital bid.

If you can’t attend the conference itself – which has now sold out – you can still catch the live simulcast if you’re in Jozi or eKapa.

Other things to watch out for?

The silver screen launch of the Massive Change Network on February 24 at Freeworld Design Centre.

What’s that?

A critical mass of creatives looking to tackle local challenges of global proportions – like climate change, population growth, resource consumption and species extinction – and emphasise intelligent, beautiful living for all. The evening starts with the screening of Swedish documentary The Plan and follows with a live global discussion (with proponents and panellists in 10 cities) on key questions like:

  • How can we get the power of design into the hands of the 99% who have not had access to higher education?
  • How do we break through the noise, and make the best of human culture the most visible?

Local talent profiled in the Design Indaba past include Bulawayo-born, Cape Town-educated Heath Nash, who you might know better for his beautiful light sculptures (and sculpt light he does – all out of other people’s rubbish).

Get a gust of inspiration by watching how his disposable sculptures seem to breath:

(Postscript: For those of you who feel less cutting edge and more “colour in the lines”, never mind: The Design Indaba is also about creative living. Get quirky and a little crazy with a flash mob around the Camps Bay way on Sunday, 15h00. Sunday’s fun comes courtesy of conference speaker Charlie Todd, his foundation Improv Everywhere – and you!)


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