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January 14, 2014

World Design Capital 2014: Top 5 things to look forward to

It’s 2014 and we can finally welcome the much awaited #WDC2014, World Design Capital to Cape Town. WDC2014 is all about design in every sense of the word. With the theme, “Live Design, Transform Life” the Mother City is set to come alive with creative and innovative projects that promote responsible and sustainable design. The City of Cape Town has a full line-up of design-focused events, exhibitions, projects and initiatives throughout the year to transform the city and improve lives in our uniquely African context. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to in 2014:

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WDC2014 Food

A year filled with deliciously curated food events will be taking place in and around Cape Town, aimed mostly at creating awareness to the public and stakeholders about our urban food economy. Look out for the Spier Secret Festival in October as we explore local and international cuisine and where it originates from, as well as the Cape Town Street Food Festival in March, where you’ll be introduced to all our favourite local street food vendors.

The Better Living Challenge

The Western Cape Government has set up a 110% green initiative called The Better Living Challenge. What this project aims to accomplish is to promote development of sustainable housing for those in need, thus improving lives and addressing responsible design altogether. All shack dwellings, backyard structures, RDP homes and affordable government housing will be looked at in terms of design and innovation for The Better Living Challenge. This is one project that is specifically close to my heart.

Maboneng Township Arts Experience

This February and March will see the residents of Gugulethu open up their homes as the streets of the township become transformed into the Maboneng Township Arts Experience. The entire neighbourhood will be converted into art galleries and creative outdoor arenas that will host stages and acts from the performance arts districts. This will be the home of local film screenings, live music and an array of theatre productions that will be celebrated in this creative arts hub - a definite addition to my social calendar this year!

Red Bull Doodle Art Finals

Red Bull Doodle Art encourages young artists (or art enthusiasts) to express their creativity by picking up a doodle card and start sketching. Doodling has led to the creation of great works of art by legends such as Picasso and Andy Warhol. This year the finals for the global Red Bull Doodle Art contest will be hosted on the Grand Parade in Cape Town this October; and will showcase doodles from aspiring artists in over 50 markets. Rumour has it that we will also bear witness to an exciting piece of technology that’s never been seen before in Africa.

100 Good Ideas - Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy

The year 2014 also marks 20 Years of Democracy for South Africa. For this reason, just over 50 creative industry thought leaders have come together to curate the best 100 ideas that initiated by South Africans to help showcase innovative design in the country. The project will include a coffee table book, social media activations, an online portal and a gallery exhibition with its own events programme. The event will proceed towards the end of February 2014.

There are loads more instore for you this year with World Design Capital, such as the Muizenberg Festival, iShack Project, Open Streets and GovHackSA (for the techies). For the full programme, visit #WDC2014. Throughout the year, we’ll be posting our top things to do in Cape Town for #WDC2014. So make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to avoid FOMO.

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