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February 26, 2009

Design Indaba to dazzle the Mother City this weekend


Photo courtesy mikemedia

Design teams from all over South Africa will be converging on Design Indaba 09 in Cape Town this weekend to discuss the latest trends in fashion, graphic design, industrial design, colour trends and a zillion other related subjects, and to party the weekend away together, all in the name of cutting-edge creativity.

Leading creative gurus and up-and-coming designers will inspire participants by showcasing their innovative designs, presenting talks and workshops, and screening short films about product launches, fashion collections and other topics.

Design Indaba 09 runs from Friday, February 27, overlapping with the Design Indaba Expo which launches on February 28. Both run until March 2, and are expected to be a feast for all the senses.

According to the Design Indaba website, Interactive Africa managing director and Indaba host Raavi Naidoo says the organisers have gone all out to find new talent for Design Indaba 09.

“We’ve redoubled our efforts, digging even deeper to spark fresh thinking and rekindle optimism, even against this [economic] backdrop. After all, there’s never been a bad time for a good idea,” says Ravi.

Established 14 years ago, the indaba attracts thousands of design fanatics, advertising executives, delegates and students each year from various design sectors, including jewellery design, architecture, advertising, film, fashion, industrial, craftwork, visual design, new media publishing and broadcasting, among others.

This year’s Indaba Expo, held at the Cape Town Convention Centre, brings a little something for everyone to enjoy:

  • An all-day simulcast of work by young designers under the age of 25 will be aired.
  • For the fashion fundis and fashionistas, prepare to be dazzled by the awesome home-grown designs which will be showcased on the catwalk.
  • For a little bit of inspiration, see short films, attend talks and mingle at product launches.
  • There are over 260 stands to explore and each exhibitor has been chosen by a panel of judges, critics, stylists and industry experts.

Tickets are available through Computicket.

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