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August 13, 2014

Open Design Cape Town 2014: The Top 5 Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Creative folk, are you ready to get your inspiration on? Come and be inspired at the Open Design Cape Town festival at the City Hall this August! Image courtesy of Sayed Dhansay

And it’s FINALLY here…the creative,the imaginative,the thrilling annual Open Design Festival is now open in Cape Town, our World Design Capital 2014!

An eleven day long whirlwind of creativity, the Festival runs from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 23 August, 2014 at various amazing locations around the innovative Mother City, including the iconic City Hall, Gugu S’Thebe Cultural Centre in Langa and the Castle of Good Hope.

What’s the fuss about?

Confused as to what the Open Design Cape Town is all about?

In a nutshell, this stimulating celebration is an annual cross-disciplinary city-wide event that raises awareness of and increases appreciation for design by all.

This year’s fab theme, Design is for Change, marks 20 years since South Africa’s democratic transition and reflects Cape Town’s commitment to design-led transformation through its World Design Capital 2014 designation; culminating in nearly two weeks of exciting design-related exhibitions, performances, seminars, demonstrations and launches.

Before you head out to the creative affair of the year, here are 5 top events you shouldn’t miss:

For the artistic soul:

Open Projects Showcase World Design Capital Collection

There’s nothing artists love more than showcasing their work and the Open Projects Showcase World Design Capital Collection at the inspirational City Hall is the ideal platform for them to do just that.

Come and be gobsmacked at the amazing official World Design Capital projects, including Go Metro: Cape Town on the move, a free mobile app issuing up to date rail transport info to commuters, on display. These projects have been specifically selected for their demonstration of how design can be and is being used as an agent for social, environmental and economic transformation.

Date: 13 to 23 August
Cost: Free
Location: City Hall

For the scenic-loving creative:

Live Design Tours

See the “Live Design, Transform Life” slogan come to life with these interactive and informative walking tours in and around Cape Town.

Whether you’re into culture, food or architecture, these bespoke tours, led by industry leaders, are a great way to explore and discover the impact design has on the future of our hometown.

Date: 14 to 20 August
Cost:  R 320 to R 350
Location: City Centre, Woodstock and beyond

For the intelligent free spirit:

TEDXCT “Design Your Thinking”

It’s the two day pioneering conference every free thinker wants to attend and this year’s event is set to be epic!

Don’t miss the likes of digital guru Dave Duarte; charity and performance leading lady Nicola Jackman and more take to the stage to explain their thought processes behind their legendary ideas.

Date: 16 to 17 August
Cost: R 350
Location: City Hall

For the wanna-be Picassos:

1000 Drawings Doodle Session

This is your last chance to create your ultimate masterpiece for the Night of 1000 Drawings Doodles on 28 August, where your work could be sold and discovered and help to raise funds for a worthy cause.

Let your imagination run free and draw anything, on anything with anything – the quirkier, the better!

Date: 22 August
Cost: Free
Location: City Hall

For the whimsical party animals:

Open Design Wrap Party

Celebrate the end of this fantastic creative festival with the mother of all wrap parties at the City Hall.

The live music and entertainment is set to bring the house down!

Date: 23 August
Cost: Free
Location: City Hall

Need more creative info about the Open Design Cape Town festival? Visit www.opendesignct.com

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