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March 01, 2013

Ready, steady, go… World Design Capital 2014 in Cape Town

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille, officially opened the call for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 submissions at the Design Indaba Expo. Photo courtesy of the City of Cape Town

The first call for projects to highlight Cape Town during World Design Capital 2014 is out.

The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille, officially opened the call for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 submissions at the Design Indaba Expo on Thursday 28 February, 2013.

World Design Capital 2014 will be a unique opportunity to put the global spotlight on local creativity, and Cape Town will be a focal point for the international design community in 2014.

Under the broad World Design Capital 2014 theme of “Live Design. Transform Life", four themes have been developed to bring focus and clarity to the submission process. The themes are also designed to ignite the public's imagination, and to contribute towards a greater understanding of the multi-faceted nature of design.

Information about the themes is available online at www.wdccapetown2014.com/Themes.

How does the selection process work?

The first call for submissions will close on 5 April 2013. Information about the submission process and the submission form are available online at www.wdccapetown2014.com/submissions.

Submissions which best support the bid promise and focus on bridging historic divides, reconnecting our city in structure and in spirit, rebuilding social and economic inclusion, and repositioning Cape Town for a sustainable future will be selected for inclusion in the programme for 2014.

A multi-disciplinary curatorial panel is in the process of being appointed. Announcements in this regard will be made in the next few days.

The second and final call for submissions will open in July 2013.

What can WDC 2014 do for local projects and /or initiatives?

• Official recognition as a WDC 2014 project
• Inclusion in the official programme of events for the year
• Meaningful exposure on all our communication channels
• Local and international visibility through our integrated marketing efforts
• Access to key local and global players (including sponsors)
• Rights to use the official logo and branding in conjunction with approved marketing efforts in 2014

For more information about World Design Capital 2014, please visit www.wdccapetown2014.com.

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