World Design Capital 2014

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Cape Town is the World Design Capital 2014, which gives the city an opportunity to use design for social, cultural and economic development The World Design Capital is designated biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.

Cape Town is the  2014 World Design Capital (WDC). Visit for more information. 

Live Design. Transform Life

The themes for WDC 2014 are:

African Innovation. Global Conversation

African ideas that speak to the world

Bridging The Divide

Design that reconnects our city and reconciles our communities

Today For Tomorrow

Sustainable solutions for people and planet

Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things

Inspiring architecture, interiors, food, fashion, jewellery, craft, art and creativity

Read more about these themes on the WDC website.

A fantastic achievement

Cape Town Tourism would like to congratulate the Cape Town Partnership team on this great achievement, which, under the auspices of the Creative Cape Town programme, co-ordinated the bid on behalf of the City of Cape Town.

“We are obviously very excited about this achievement. The bid process has been an exciting journey and a learning curve for the city," said Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, CEO of Cape Town Tourism.

"Cape Town’s bid for the title of World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 has showcased the important role design and the creative sector at large play in transforming a city, making it not just a great place to visit, but a greater place to live. The theme “Live Design. Transform Life” provides a solid platform from which we can continue to learn, change and further develop Cape Town using the concepts of integration, creativity and innovative design.”


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