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February 02, 2010

Get creative during February – the month of design

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High fashion at the J&B Met

January ended on a high note in the summer heat, with the pounding hooves, high fashion and glamour of the J&B Met on Saturday, January 30, 2010. In February we celebrate Cape Town as a creative African hub and acknowledge innovative design in the Mother City.

We can look forward to exciting events such as Infecting the City, also known as the Spier Performing Arts Festival; the Design Indaba Exhibition and the launch of the Design Route Map, of which Cape Town Tourism is a proud partner. Themes such as Human Rites for the Performing Arts Festival and Creating a Better World by Design for the Design Indaba, allow us to look at design hot spots in Cape Town, recognising projects that use design and craft to create a better world. In addition, Cape Town is currently bidding to be elected as World Design City by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in 2014.

The 10x10 Low Cost Housing Project, as part of the Design Indaba, sees 10 architectural teams, made up of South Africans paired with leading international experts, rise to the challenge to devise affordable and attractive solutions to low-cost housing. Sustainable design and construction principles are encouraged. 

Moving on from building homes to building lives, the Streetwires project started in 2000 and pays homage to wire and bead craft. This Proudly South African project provides training, support and raw materials to 100 formerly unemployed men and women, giving them the opportunity to express their creativity, while earning a living.

Visit the Streetwires Shop and studio at 77 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, or pick up your wire art piece from a Pick n Pay, Africa Nova or @Home Living Space near you.

Visit these proudly Capetonian attractions that celebrate local craft:

  • Red Shed Craft Market at the V&A Waterfront
  • Imagenius on Long Street
  • The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock for Heartworks products, photos and vintage design finds
  • Imiso Lifestyle at Cape Quarter
  • Artvark and the Kalk Bay Modern in Kalk Bay
  • Rust-en-Vrede gallery, a clay museum and arts centre in Durbanville


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