The Design Indaba has been a highlight in Cape Town’s CTICC’s calendar since 1995. This year will be no different and will offer great networking opportunities for the more artistic among us and numerous “wow” moments for the rest of us. Not to mention the chance to purchase the most modern of designs.

The Design Indaba conference is currently running and will end on Friday 28 February. The event will see the likes of Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro), Martha Stewart, Wooser Collective, Michael Edwards, ZA News, Mokena Makeka and Doug Pray, to name but a few, giving presentations.

Unfortunately, tickets for the conference are already sold out. However, a real-time broadcast of the speakers’ presentations (dubbed the Young Designers Simulcast) will be available for students and emerging designers under the age of 25, details of which are available on the official website.

International All Stars from every discipline under the sun have been showing off their inventive prowess at the Design Indaba Conference since 1995. Drawing fans from creative, corporate and educational sectors alike, the conference has become the playing field for the imaginative at heart.

Championing creativity that enhances every aspect of the world around us, Design Indaba recognises graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts shoulder-to-shoulder.

The Design Indaba expo forms part of this weekend’s highlights in the mother city. The expo kicks off on Friday until Sunday and I have it on great authority that it will be jam-packed with all sorts of interesting stalls and up-and-coming designers (up to 260 of them, in fact!).

Design Indaba Expo is a 100% local-is-lekker celebration of South Africa’s ingrained creativity. Advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design and visual media, are all presented shoulder-to-shoulder.

Each of the over 260 exhibitors is evaluated and endorsed by an advisory panel of top South African designers, stylists, critics and industry experts. Setting a high curatorial standard, all products are original, contemporary and innovative, not to mention conceived and manufactured in South Africa.

A chock-a-block daily programme of additional activities will fuel the buzz. All-day fashion shows, a short-film festival, the new Design Indaba Kids workshops, a suave designer bar, tantalising designer food and daily Pecha Kucha presentations by leading local creatives are just some of the highlights to look forward to.

One promising exhibitor that I have come across is the team behind the ‘kô_sit’ concept (derived from the Afrikaans term ‘kom sit’). The team has developed both a means to dispose of man-made waste (including newspaper, plastic bags, shredded paper and old fabrics) and a means to uplift an under-privileged community.

In short, they’ve designed a sustainable product to be used as furniture in a market in the suburb of Idas Valley with the hope of the concept sparking a creative initiative within the community. Recycling initiatives in the local schools will provide the innards of the furniture, for example. As a result of increasing world-wide attention on going ‘green’, I can imagine that sustainable designs will form a large proportion of the products exhibited.

Expo ticket prices are inexpensive (R50 for adults) and can be booked through computicket. Doors open from 10:00 – 20:00 on Friday and Saturday and until 18h:00 on Sunday.

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