Design Indaba Expo and Conference in Cape Town

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 2014. Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014, 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 2014 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE & EXPO IN CAPE TOWN

2014 DESIGN INDABA FILMFEST: As a precursor to this creative celebration, Design Indaba will host a cinematic festival; dates and venue are yet to be confirmed. Known as the Design Indaba FilmFest, this showcase brings a first-rate assortment of design-orientated films to a unique location. Alternatively, cinephiles can head over to DesignIndaba.com for #FilmFestFridays. Each Friday, the website will feature a new documentary or film for viewers to watch while searching for some design inspiration. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.

2014 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE AND YOUNG DESIGNERS SIMULCAST: This world-renowned conference (Wednesday, 26 to Friday, 28 February 2014) 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. Most notably, this year, the conference features strategist and architect Clive Wilkinson (he designed Google’s headquarters) and internationally acclaimed author Lauren Beukes. 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 five different locations in South Africa, namely Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, PE and Potchefstroom.

2014 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 a number of venues in the Mother City. Tickets for the shindigs are yet to be released; subscribe to our newsletter for updates. 

2014 DESIGN INDABA EXPO: From Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014, the Design Indaba Expo, a showcase which features over 300 100%-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 2014 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 (27 February) prior to opening day. Buyers will be afforded the opportunity to browse the venue and interact with the exhibitors at a relaxed pace; visit DesignIndaba.com for more information and to register.

TICKETS FOR THE 2014 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE & EXPO 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:

Design Indaba FilmFest

TBC

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

R2 995p/p

Full Indaba ticket

R7 450p/p

Alumni discount (15%)

R6 332.50p/p

Academic discount (15%)

R6 332.50p/p

Discounts for group bookings are also available

Young Designers’ Simulcast (Cape Town)

Simulcast: Over-25s

R1 750p/p

Simulcast: Age 25 and under

R1 550p/p

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