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February 23, 2010

Design Indaba 2010

Design Indaba

Design Indaba 2008, photo courtesy Sebastian Denef

In a month dedicated to design on Time Out Tourist, we end February 2010 with a question. When was the last time you were moved by a truly great design? And yes, the design of your golf course counts, as does that fabulous wire art piece you bought for your home. Good design makes our lives easier, more comfortable, more beautiful and often, our experiences more enriching.

The Design Indaba is a 100% proudly South African event that celebrates the ingrained creativity of our people. The Design Indaba Conference, an event attended by leaders from the creative, corporate and education sectors, has been sold out for the past five years. This is again the case in 2010.

The Design Indaba Exhibition follows the conference and there will be more than 260 exhibitors at the event, which takes place from February 26 to 28, 2010, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. A diverse group of people, from sectors including advertising, architecture, décor, film, fashion, product design and jewellery design, will be exhibiting. All exhibitors have been evaluated and endorsed by a panel of South African design experts, which includes designers, stylists and industry professionals.

Stop by the Design Indaba Expo this weekend to take in:

Design Indaba

Design Indaba 2008, photo courtesy Sebastian Denef

  • All-day fashion shows by some of the country’s leading designers – such as Craig Native and Stiaan Louw – which will take place in the event arena. View the full programme online at the Design Indaba’s website, and look out for performances from local acts such as Taxi Violence, Polisiekar and Van Coke Cartel.
  • South Africa’s best short films, which will be shown at the event arena between fashion shows.
  • The Restaurant, where a number of the country’s top chefs will be putting together “designer” baguettes. A percentage of the proceeds will be put toward the Design Indaba Trust/Foodcorp chef development fund.
  • The Grolsch bar, which promises to be a trendy relaxation area.
  • The Let it Out campaign, an opportunity for South Africans to express their creativity online.
  • The DSTV Design for Kids Workshops, for children to get a head-start on their creative impulses.

The Design Indaba will be open from 10h00 until 20h00 on Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27, and from 10h00 until 18h00 on Sunday February 28. Ticket prices are R50 for adults, R30 for students and pensioners, and R20 for scholars in uniform and children under the age of 12. Visit www.designindaba.com for the full programme and further details on the various other projects that make up this annual event.

For more creative inspiration, stop by a Cape Town Tourism visitor information centre and pick up a copy of the Design Route Map, which features 62 Western Cape-based designers and design studios. Cape Town Tourism is proud to be a partner in the Cape Town Design Route, to showcase the expression and creativity of our locals, from Kloof Street to Khayelitsha.

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