The Open Design Afrika Festival

Open Design Afrika is a multi-disciplinary showcase of Afrikan (they spell it with a ‘k’ as a homage to indigenous languages) creativity and talent.

Taking place from the 18th to the 26th of October 2019, the festival features events, classes, workshops and experiences that aim to drive education, innovation and community.

From Makers Spaces where you can learn woodworking or sewing, to township walking tours or coding and design workshops—the festival is looking to tap into creative collaborative potential in our city.

A highlight of the festival will be the focus on MAKERS – small business that are making big changes. According to Open Design “For the first MAKERS & SHAKERS of the “Greater Good” Collection 2019 we wanted to create an opportunity for social entrepreneurs, techies and makers who are purpose driven enterprises – the ones who truly place significance and meaning at the centre of their business. Purpose-driven businesses are the future world if we want to be sustainable, develop thriving circular economies and confidently add value to the future world of business, our environments and society at large.

These MAKERS & SHAKERS are using their creative, innovative and entrepreneurial skills to create change and impact in sectors like education, our environments or in society. We are highlighting small medium and micro enterprises who put all their efforts and skills towards making a difference in the world we live in.”

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

18 Oct (Human Rights Tattoo Event)
19 – 20 Oct (Family Makers Weekend)
19, 23 Oct (Wetopia Seminars)
21 Oct (Wetopia Inspiration Day)
22 Oct (STEAM Education Day)
23 Oct (Wetopia Master Classes)
23 – 27 Oct (City-wide Activation)

For more information about Open Design Afrika and the many events and experiences on offer, visit their website: