Design Indaba Conference & Festival

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


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 2016. Taking place at the Artscape for the first time this year, and a few subsidiary venues, from Thursday, 11, to Saturday, 20 February 2016, the much-anticipated multidisciplinary experience – it includes a conference, simulcast, film festival and Emerging Creatives exhibition – 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.

In an important development, there will NOT be a Design Indaba Expo this year. The organisers have decided to put the expo in its current format on hold whilst they decide how best to expand it to include other creatives across the country and not just in Cape Town. The idea is to re-examine the expo to enable it to become more inclusive, fresher and even more creatively inspiring.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2016 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN

2016 MEDIA CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CREATIVES: In place of the Expo, the Design Indaba has decided to launch a national campaign seeking the best in local design. All creatives are invited to submit original, new art and design works for consideration, providing that they meet the criteria listed on the Design Indaba site. The institution has decided to give away its advertising budget of R30 million in order to foster creative exploration – so, if selected, you could share in a portion of this amount! The idea is for the campaign to nurture the artistic community and continue to drive local design-buying habits and the international exporting of South African creations. The works selected will be showcased at the Indaba and must have only been launched since the group’s last Expo in February 2015. Products must be submitted for the March-April campaign by 5pm on Monday, 15 February 2016, and for the April-May campaign by 5pm on Monday, 14 March 2016. Conduct any questions to bev@designindaba.com or Meagan@designindaba.com or call +27(0)21 465 9966. 

2016 DESIGN INDABA FILMFEST: The creative celebration opens with a cinematic festival from Thursday, 11, to Saturday, 20 February 2016 at the Labia, and other subsidiary locations around South Africa. Known as the Design Indaba FilmFest, this showcase brings a first-rate assortment of design-orientated films to the historic Cape Town cinema.

2016 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE AND SIMULCAST: This world-renowned conference (Wednesday, 17 to Friday, 19 February 2016 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 myriad creative spheres, and the conference is their opportunity to talk productively about their achievements and processes. This year, the conference features Swedish creative agency Snask and UK architecture studio Assemble, along with many others. 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.

2016 DESIGN INDABA MOST BEAUTIFUL OBJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA (MBOISA): Every year, the Design Indaba tackles our conception of beauty with the much anticipated MBOISA competition. Nominees will be announced in January, and it will be up to the public to decide who walks away with this year’s title. MBOISA includes a travelling exhibition, and the objects put forward can range from being socially significant, to economically impactful, sustainable, humorous, or simply aesthetically pleasing. Last year, one of the winners was Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s Boomslang suspended walkway, designed by Mark Thomas and Henry Fagan.

2016 EMERGING CREATIVES: Providing a platform for South Africa’s hottest emerging creative talent, this mentorship programme seeks to give upcoming artists the support and exposure that they need to kick-start their careers. Specifically targeted at young creatives with little industry exposure, the Design Indaba will facilitate a high profile exhibition as part of its festival, which will take place at the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront this year.  Architects, fashion designers, furniture designers, jewellers and illustrators are all invited to put forward their works for consideration, and the judging is based on originality and quality. 

TICKETS FOR THE 2016 DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE & 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 CONFERENCE

Full Indaba (three-day ticket)

One-day ticket

Two-day ticket

Early Bird*/Directory discount (10%)

Alumni*/Academic discount (15%)

Group (5-10) discount (5%)

Group (11-25) discount (10%)

Group (26-plus) discount (15%)

R 7900p/p

R3 065p/p

R6 130p/p

R7 110p/p

R6 715p/p

R7 505p/p

R7 110p/p

R6 715p/p

YOUNG DESIGNERS’ SIMULCAST (CAPE TOWN)

Simulcast: Over-25s

R1 600p/p

Simulcast: Age 25 and under

R1 400p/p

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