Design Indaba Expo, Conference & Festival

Browse through cutting-edge examples of design at Mzansi’s foremost creative exhibition


Design Indaba, the globally acclaimed creative fandango that’s put Cape Town on the world map as an international hotbed of innovation, dishes up yet another year of multifaceted events in 2015. Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and a few subsidiary venues from Friday, 20 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015, the much-anticipated multidisciplinary experience – it includes a conference, simulcast, expo, film festival and music fair – looks to, beyond all else, get the creative juices flowing in the Mother City.

Launched in 1995, Design Indaba was inspired by a need to overcome societal issues and was driven forward by the goal of promoting design as a basic form of communication, as a business requirement and as a formidable tool in industry and commerce.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2015 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE, EXPO & FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN

2015 DESIGN INDABA FILMFEST: This creative celebration opens with a cinematic festival from Friday, 20 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015 at the Labia. Known as the Design Indaba FilmFest, this showcase brings a first-rate assortment of design-orientated films to the historic Cape Town cinema.

2015 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE AND SIMULCAST: This world-renowned conference (Wednesday, 25 to Friday, 27 February 2015 at the CTICC) hosts thought leaders and design gurus from across the planet who are the front-runners in their industries and who lay claim to a level of knowledge that not even the Internet can rival. These speakers hail from a myriad of creative spheres, and the conference is their opportunity to talk productively about their achievements and processes. This year, the conference features the chief creative officer and executive creative director from South African advertising agency Joe Public, British designer Dominic Wilcox, who skates between the worlds of fine art and design, technology and craft to create surprisingly interesting artworks, and many many more. Each year, scores of design and business professionals flock to the three-day symposium for creative inspiration and insight into the trends for the coming months. For those who’d like to attend the lectures but who aren’t in the Mother City or don’t want to part with a huge chunk of change, the Young Designers Simulcast offers a fly-on-the-wall experience for less. The simulcast is a live conference broadcast in different locations in South Africa.

2015 DESIGN INDABA EDUCATORS: In an effort to spread creativity through education and give back to local communities, the Design Indaba will host a one-day FREE conference for educators on Sunday, 28 February 2015 at the CTICC. Teachers are invited to broaden their horizons and further their knowledge about creative learning by attending this complimentary session. The programme is yet to be confirmed, but interested parties can register to attend by completing the attendance form at DesignIndaba.com.

2015 DESIGN INDABA MUSIC CIRCUIT: To accompany the designer’s conference and expo, the Design Indaba is primed to, once again, host its Design Indaba Music Circuit. This event provides the soundtrack to the three-day conference and exposes audiences to a range of genres at the Delegate Clubhouse across the road from the CTICC after the conference each day.  There’s also a headlining event taking place on Thursday, 26 February 2015 at The Side Show; tickets will be available at the door on the day. 

2015 DESIGN INDABA EXPO: From Friday, 27 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015, the Design Indaba Expo, a showcase that features some of the nation’s top local exhibitors, invites the public to cruise the most innovative aisles in the city. Aside from flaunting the work of an all new cast of creatives, the grand display boasts a seemingly endless supply of bespoke wares, including hand-crafted jewellery, carefully honed furniture designs, handmade craft projects, illustrated cards and stationary and more. Not to mention, with a presentation of Winter/Autumn 2015 fashion featuring the collections of South Africa’s top established and up-and-coming local designers, the expo will undoubtedly have something for all tastes and disciplines. What’s more, the three-day long expo gives candidates from the Emerging Creatives Programme, an initiative that provides exceptionally talented young creatives the opportunity to break into the industry, a platform to introduce their work to international buyers. The expo is set to host a buyers’ day (26 February) prior to opening day. Buyers will be afforded the opportunity to browse what’s on offer and interact with the exhibitors at a relaxed pace; visit DesignIndaba.com for more information and to register.

TICKETS FOR THE 2015 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE, EXPO & FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN

Tickets for the various events are available via DesignIndaba.com or at the venue on the day, and costs are as follows:

TICKET TYPE

COST

DESIGN INDABA EXPO

Adults

R80p/p

Pensioners and students

R60p/p (only available at the door)

Kids aged 10 to 18

R45p/p (only available at the door)

Kids younger than 10 years of age

Free!

DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE

One-day ticket

R3 065p/p

Full Indaba ticket

R7 900p/p

Alumni discount (15%)

R6 715p/p

Academic discount (15%)

R6 715p/p

GROUP BOOKINGS

Group (5-10) discount (5%)

R7 505p/p

Group (11-25) discount (10%)

R7 110p/p

Group (26-plus) discount (15%) 

R6 715p/p

YOUNG DESIGNERS’ SIMULCAST (CAPE TOWN)

Simulcast: Over-25s

R1 850p/p

Simulcast: Age 25 and under

R1 630p/p

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