The second annual OPEN DESIGN Cape Town festival kicks off this week and the 11-day line-up is pretty spectacular. This city-wide event creates an educational, informative, inclusive and collaborative platform for sharing thoughts, ideas and work across the numerous disciplines of design.
Organised by Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) in partnership with the Cape Town Design Network (CTDN), and the City of Cape Town (CoCT), the festival takes place across Cape Town, from the City Hall to private design studios, galleries, design schools, convention facilities and community centres. With “Design for Change” as the 2014 theme, the festival features curated exhibitions, talks, performances, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, launches and open studios to share the transformative power of design with everybody and particularly with the youth, to develop and inspire a future generation of designers.
Here are some of the highlights on this year’s programme:
Wednesday, 13 August
The OPEN DESIGN opening party with artist MAK1 completing a special OPEN DESIGN graffiti piece on the night.
City Hall at 6:30pm – 11pm.
No RSVP required.
Wednesday, 13 August – Saturday, 23 August | Ongoing Events and Exhibitions
The Open Projects Showcase: World Design Capital Collection | Showcasing selected official World Design Capital projects that demonstrate how design can be and is being used as an agent for social, environmental and economic transformation.
City Hall from 9am – 5pm daily.
Talk100 | 8 informal discussions around current local design challenges with industry professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs leading the conversation.
Daily at City Hall.
See the full Talk100 Programme for details on each discussion and speaker biographies.
Interruptions: Posters from the Community Arts Project Archive | A celebration of 20 Years of Democracy through an exhibition of resistance posters.
Daily at City Hall from 9am – 5pm.
Thursday, 14 August
The Foundry | Hear and see some of the incredible work of Martin Mayer and Ezequiel Sarser from the Foundry UK; Boyo Frederix, Head of 3D from Postoffice in Amsterdam; Local VFX artist Bradley Stilwell from Lenscowboy and Triggerfish Studios.
City Hall form 5:30pm – 8pm.
Cost: Free with RSVP.
Saturday, 16 August – Sunday, 17 August
TEDx Cape Town: Design Your Thinking | Powerful ideas that offer a new perspective and have the potential to positively change the world we live in.
City Hall | 16th: 08:30am – 5pm (Auditorium), 17th: 9am – 1pm (Meeting in Attic 1).
Cost: R350 for both days
Speakers include: Dave Duarte, Vivienne Shultz, Tasos Calantzis, Craig Wilkinson, Kirsten Wilkins, Justin Smith, Nicola Jackman, Faahkir Bestman, Mohammed Dalwai, Willem van Biljon, David Springer, Ed Rybicki and Jon Savage
Tuesday, 19 August
PechaKucha #30 | An evening of inspiration, education and fun, spurring conversation among people from all walks of life.
Cape Town City Hall, Auditorium from 7pm.
Thursday, 21 August
Design Dialogues V6.0 | An open discussion with a panel and speakers around the theme of Collaboration.
City Hall from 6pm – 8:30pm.
Be sure to RSVP.
Thursday, 21 August – Friday, 22 August
The Maker Library Network Workshop (#WDC687)
Calling all design professionals, design students, pattern makers, seamstresses, fashion designers, architects, graphic designers and surface designers with experience in using flat substrates (paper, fabric, board etc): we’ll be sharing making-skills and knowledge with the East City’s Maker Librarian Heath Nash to explore the possible ways to use a synthetic material called Tyvek in terms of it’s structural qualities.
Be sure to book a spot.
Friday, 22 August
Creative Mornings Cape Town | Inspirational talks around the theme of Failure
City Hall from 8:30am to 10am
Open call for designers: Live On-stage Digital Design Tournament | Design, creative inspiration & all focused on communal, social and environmental realities.
Onpoint Studio, 5th floor, 112 Loop Street & Cnr Longmarket Street from 5pm – 10pm
See the full OPEN DESIGN Programme for all the events, exhibitions and talks.