Redefining Beauty At the Design Indaba

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Redefining Beauty At the Design Indaba

Free film screenings, expert trend advice from Li Edelkoort, and limited edition items for sale

Design Indaba is cool, showcasing some of the best talent in the creative field. Now it’s got even better with a festival that’s free to enter, and accessible after hours, while still showing the best the Indaba has to offer.  

This year, Design Indaba is happening from 27 February to 1 March at the Artscape Theatre.

Nightscape is a design festival that runs after hours during Design Indaba. It’s a staple of the festival, but this year is different because it’s free every night. It happens on the piazza at the Artscape, in a village of shipping containers, and includes food trucks and live entertainment. Here are some highlights to look out for:


First Dibs On The African Ikea Collection
Multi-national furniture design company, Ikea, teamed with designers, architects and creatives from five African countries for a project. That project turned into a limited edition line of furniture, tableware, textile and tote bags named Overallt. The line goes in to stores in May 2019, but you’ll get a first glimpse when it’s showcased at the Nightscape Public Design Festival.


Films At Nightscape
Every evening an art-inspired film will premiere at Nightscape. This year’s films include a documentary called The Human Shelter about how humans view homes, a film by SA comedian Kagiso Lediga called Matetwe and Rafiki, a Kenyan movie about young girls trying to break the mould of being Kenyan women. tickets are free but you can secure them in advance by booking here.


Buy Limited Edition
New to the Design Indaba is the Capsule Collection: an array of limited-edition products from fashion, furniture and homeware. These are exclusive to Design Indaba and purchasable at the event. Brands like Something Good Studio, Pone Creative, Arkivio and Neo Mahlangu will have items in the collection.

Live Entertainment
Every evening will feature a themed mini music festival with local and international acts. Below are the details:

Wednesday 27 February (Pop Night)
Diamond Thug, Orah, The Kites and No Diggity


Thursday 28 February (Jazz Night)
Darren English, The Funky Monks, MIA (Made In Africa)


Friday 1 March (Party Night)
Sibot, Amy Ayanda, The Steezies, Bam Bam Brown


Design To Save The World
The Design Indaba has curated the best young creatives, known for using design to solve global issues. They are called the Global Graduates and include creative director Kordae Henry with a film that imagines a futuristic African utopia. There’s also Freyja Sewell with a device that can read your mindset and local girl Nicole Nomsa Moyo, who has a plan to help government solve service delivery issues.

Talking Creative Design
The big highlight of each Design Indaba is the list of speakers doing talks at the event. This year’s list includes Ane Crabtree, costume designer for TV shows like Westworld and founder of the Orange Culture clothing line Adebayo Oke-Lawal. A major drawcard is trend expert Li Edelkoort. She does her annual trend forecast seminar on Saturday 2 March and covers topics on cultural appropriation in fashion and how to cure “colourphobia” in interior design.

What Is Beauty
Each year the Design Indaba starts a quest to find the most beautiful object in South Africa, and you can decide what that object is. Design Indaba nominators evaluate products from mobile apps to poetry, and select based on how the object challenges the perception of beauty. They’ve narrowed it down to a list of 10. Here are some of the most unique items:




To see the rest of the nominees and have your say in the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, you can vote online.

There full three-day confrerence ticket is R8715 while a one-day ticket costs R3385.


Get more art and design in your life with these art galleries.

If you enjoyed the live music at Design Indaba there’s more at the Cape Town live music venues.…

Or catch a movie under the stars at the Galileo Open Air Cinema.


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