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Design Indaba Festival 2017

We head to Cape Town for the annual celebration of creativity across disciplines

by Karen Day
on 27 February 2017

Design Indaba is a truly inspiring annual festival of multidisciplinary creativity set to the stunning backdrop of Cape Town. We’ve been in attendance since 2010, and each year the program is packed with opportunities to learn, engage and celebrate. At the conference we’ve had the chance to hear from a range of influential international creatives like Paula Scher, Naoto Fukasawa and Sissel Tolaas—to name just three—as well as homegrown talent like Porky Hefer, David Goldblatt and Laduma Ngxokolo. Dovetailing with that each year is a range of music gigs where we’ve seen everyone from Massive Attack to Slabofmisuse perform.

The 2017 festival looks to be another inspiration-laden year; from the 40+ speakers on the roster, a handful we’re looking forward to are Kate Moross, Olafur Eliasson, Giorgia Lupi, Nelly Ben Hayoun (who presented as a student in 2011), Yinka Ilori, Stuart Forrest and Studio Lernert & Sander. But we’re equally excited about the rest of the week, which is composed of a music circuit—where we’ll catch Cape Town’s own John Wizards—a FilmFest (showing the documentary "William Kentridge: The Collaborative Artist”) and two exhibitions: the competitive display at the V&A waterfront, Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, and the survey of up-and-coming innovators, Emerging Creatives 2017.

Keep an eye on Cool Hunting and our social media channels this week as we share our favorite moments from across the festival.

Images courtesy of Design Indaba

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