Design Indaba 2016

Design Festival, Simulcast Conference, Emerging Creatives, Film Festival
& so much more

The Design Indaba is Cape Town's foremost design event in 2016.

The design festival and exhibition showcase the best creative talents of the African continent. The annual festival takes place this year with a large variety of events from 17 February to 27 February 2016.

The DesignIndaba Conference is held between 17 and 19 February in Cape Town. The Cape Town Design Indaba Film Festival takes place in Cape Town at the Labia Theatre until the 20 February, while in Durban and Johannesburg, Potchefstroom and Port Elizabeth films will be screened over 3-day periods.

More than 40 000 visitors joined the various events during last year's design festival and when more than 600 exhibitors from the African continent showcased their designer ware from the fashion, jewellery, furniture, homeware, handmade and architecture sectors.

However, the Designer's foremost Indaba has undergone changes and in 2016 there will not be any expo format as in the previous years, but various events taking place all over Cape Town. For more info, please check their new multimedia platform here.

What are the 2016 exhibition highlights?

This year, the Design Indaba Expo will have the following exciting exhibits: 

  • Film Festival: Cape Town shows various film premieres at the Labia Theatre until 20 February 2016
  • Conerence and Simulcast: This year the conference will take place at the Artscape Theatre Complex. The conference will broadcast live to six cities in Southern Africa. More info.
  • MBOISA: stands for 'Most beautiful Objects in South Africa'. The most beautiful object will be revealed on 19 February 2016.
  • Emerging Creatives: Meet 40 of the most talented young designers and their forward-thinking works. The showcase collected from the most original illustrators, architects, fashion and furniture designers will be presented at Workshop 17, in the V&A Waterfront's 'Watershed' from 17 - 21 February 2016.
  • Indie Pop meets Jazz: Enjoy the concert! Beatenberg and Kyle Shepard Trio at the Artscape on 19 February 2016. Tickets: R150 at

Mingle and relax

The Design Indabar at the Cape Town Artscape Theatre will be a hub for musical and theatrical performances from 17 - 19 February 2016.

The Artscape Cafe and bar is open at lunch breaks and from 17h00 until close. Free entry for delegates of the conference and the simulcast, R50 entry for the public from 17h.

When is the Cape Town Exhibition?

There will be no Expo in 2016, except the showcase of the 'Emerging Creatives' at the Watershed (see above)

For more insights and info on how to purchase tickets online for various other events, visit the exhibition website here,

We really loved ... 
Design Indaba Manifesto 2015

The Indaba's manifesto from 2015 is really inspiring! Here their poster: 'We can all use creativity to make the world a better place. Be inspired by those who do and join the movement to bring about positive change. #makechange'

Design Indaba 2015 ManifestoManifesto: Make.Change

Source for this article incl. pictures: DesignIndaba Press Release Kit


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