IN­NO­VA­TION THROUGH CRE­ATIV­ITY

World Travel Magazine - - Just In - The An­nual De­sign Ind­aba Fes­ti­val re­turns to Cape Town show­cas­ing the con­ti­nent’s cre­ative industry.

Art lovers in the African con­ti­nent have some­thing to look for­ward to in the form of the De­sign Ind­aba Fes­ti­val. Held an­nu­ally in Cape Town, South Africa since 1995, the fes­ti­val has grown to at­tract over 500,000 vis­i­tors ev­ery year. This an­nual fes­ti­val serves as a mul­ti­fac­eted global plat­form for all cre­ative sec­tors – in­dus­trial de­sign, crafts, ar­chi­tec­ture, vis­ual art, new me­dia, pub­lish­ing, graphic de­sign, per­form­ing arts, and many more. In the cen­ter of the flurry of ac­tiv­i­ties are the much-an­tic­i­pated De­sign Ind­aba Con­fer­ence and the Nightscape, an ex­ten­sion of the Mu­sic Fes­ti­val well-em­bed­ded into the show. The con­fer­ence will host talks and per­for­mances by es­teemed in­di­vid­u­als in their re­spec­tive fields, such as award­win­ning film­maker Sunu Gon­era, IKEA De­sign Di­rec­tor Jes­per Brodin, ar­chi­tect Peter Veen­stra, and Azusa Mu­rakami and Alexan­der Groves of Stu­dio SWINE, to name a few. Out on the Artscape Pi­azza, vis­i­tors will en­joy the var­i­ous per­for­mance art and in­stal­la­tions while live mu­sic plays on the back­ground. Four de­sign films will also be screened for the first time at the Artscape The­atre. The Pi­azza be­comes a com­plete peo­ple pleaser with sev­eral pop-up res­tau­rants and gourmet street food. An­other part of the fes­ti­val to look for­ward to is the Emerg­ing Creatives, an ex­hi­bi­tion of 60 lo­cal de­sign­ers un­der the age of 30 from around the coun­try. 40 of th­ese up-and-com­ing cre­ative minds will get to ex­hibit in Cape Town it­self, while the other 20 will show­case their works of art in their home cities. The fes­ti­val runs from 21 to 23 Fe­bru­ary 2018.

From top, Selly Raby Kane’s truth trees adorned the Artscape pi­azza at De­sign Ind­aba Fes­ti­val 2017 Left, PEACE by Morag My­er­scough

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