Now in its fourth year, the festival includes talks, exhibitions, workshops, tours, activations and interactive experiences that explore how design links the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive society.
Many of the 140 events on the programme are free, and include collaborations with global and local brands.
Many of the 140 events on the programme are free, and include collaborations with global and local brands. The festival takes place in two stages, with events, expos and workshops at Cape Town City Hall from 10 to 16 August 2016 and city-wide activations from 17 to 21 August 2016.
Key features of events in the City Hall hub between 10 and 16 August include Talk100 sessions, which pose key questions about what the latest tech experiences are and how they impact on us, and a Designing Careers High School Programme featuring presentations by top tertiary design schools on design-related study and career options, and activities to enable learners to appreciate the values and impact of design in everyday life. There’s also a tertiary design schools exhibition, which runs for the duration of the festival, as well as the open day workshops and talks.
The festival offers opportunities to test the latest tech crazes, including augmented reality and gaming, virtual reality and 3D scanner demonstrations and experiences, which run throughout the festival, and a Better Living Challenge Exhibition, showcasing innovative designs for the improvement of low-income housing.
The Labia Theatre will also be hosting Open Design movie nights which will raise issues ranging from the impact of the clothing industry to the African premiere of the first full feature on crowd funding.
City-wide events between 17 and 21 August include:
- Dine with Khayelitsha: Township households host local and international guests over conversational dinners that facilitate interaction on themes ranging from social issues to innovation, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability
- The Architecture Open Studios, in partnership with the Cape Institute for Architecture, where the public will have a rare opportunity to view the creative spaces of some of the leading architectural practices in Cape Town
- Design Garage, a showroom space hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The new Design Garage showroom and shop supports emerging designers by showcasing and selling their fashion, textiles, graphics, jewellery and other industrial design products. The initiative sources products from students and alumni of the university’s design programmes
- IDEA Lab Experience for all design educators, a workshop that will share the power of design and how to teach critical life skills in the classroom.