Cape Town is a dream destination for anyone who loves and appreciates art and design. With the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opening in September, you’re going to be even more spoilt for choice! Here are some events to attend to keep the inspiration high and get the creative juices flowing.
Happening from 1 to 4 March at the Artscape, the Design Indaba is a must for designers, creative thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to broaden their mind and fuel their right-brain.
This year, this highly anticipated event will also be streamed live via simulcast in Cape Town, Durban Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Potchefstroom and Windhoek from 1 to 3 March (tickets are available at designindaba.com/festival). Speakers include the AirBnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, the translation app Diolingo creator Luis von Ahn and the famous Danish-Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson.
The world-renowned Danish trend forecaster Li Edelkoort will also be back to give her annual trend seminar, which is being held in Cape Town at Artscape on Saturday 4 March 2017.
Another highlight is the Nightscape festival that will showcase mind-blowing music, art exhibitions and films from 17:30 onwards from 1 to 3 March.
For more info & tickets visit www.designindaba.com/festival/
Art Week Cape Town
From 15 to 19 February, Art Week Cape Town aims to shine a light on the vibrant and flourishing local art sector. With exhibitions, talks, special projects and performances all open to the public, it’s a great way to support and appreciate local artists.
For more info visit artweekcapetown.co.za/
International Public Art Festival Cape Town
For the first time ever, Salt River is home to the new International Public Art Festival, which kicked off on 10 February and runs untill 19 February. During the event, 29 sites will be activated where renowned local and international street-artists along with community members will be creating art works on spaces in Salt River. The program also includes street art, live murals, guided tours and entertainment.
Salt River comes alive with creativity, innovation & colour as Baz Art transforms a community & neighbourhood pic.twitter.com/lN8yZyIuWv
— CapeTownDiva (@AllisonFoat) February 16, 2017
For more info visit ipafest.co.za/
The Cape Town Art Fair
Hailed as one of the leading art fairs in Africa, the Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) – from 17 to 19 February – showcases some of the most established, and emerging, artists from South Africa, Africa and abroad. The fifth instalment of the fair will be housed at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), like before, and there will be so much to see you will probably want to go for more than a day.
For more information visit www.capetownartfair.co.za/
The SAADA Cape Town Expo
From 16 to 19 February, SAADA will be hosting the closest thing to time travel you’ll be able to find with much-sought-after African Antiques, art and design on display. Hosted at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront, it’s highly recommended for locals and foreign visitors alike.
For more info visit www.saada.co.za
Durbanville Hills open air art exhibition
Wine and art are an excellent pairing. Add panoramic views, art works from local artists like Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Merke Meyer and Andre Stead and you’re all set for an unforgettable experience (depending on the amount of wine, of course). Art at Durbanville Hills is a new outdoor exhibition and sculpture garden that aims to offer opportunities for artists to exhibit their work and easier access to people who want to engage with art in a scenic surrounding. The exhibition starts 21 February.