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Experience the festival for free at Design Indaba Open Night 2018

Design Indaba Festival of Creativity 2018 throws its hearts and minds open to the Mother City, with a one-night-only free event, featuring live music, exhibitions and film – all set in a gigantic wonderland that combines theatre, sculpture, graphic design and play!

Design Indaba is all about a better world through creativity and what better way to uplift the cultural life of a city than with a free celebration for anyone and everyone in honour of its official opening night? Design Indaba Festival of Creativity 2018 will open its arms, hearts and minds to the city of Cape Town, inviting all who can make their way to the Artscape Theatre Centre (located conveniently adjacent the main train, taxi, and MyCiTi transport hubs) to be part of this globally renowned event. This complimentary Open Night is being gifted to the people of the city in the interest of making the Design Indaba – which has been awarded as the world’s best event – accessible.

“Cape Town has many challenges but with that comes opportunities to bridge the divide while using creativity as a tool to create a better world,” states the Design Indaba team. This very same sentiment was put forth by Design Indaba when Cape Town was chosen as the first city in Africa to be named a UNESCO City of Design in November 2017 – with events like Design Indaba Open Night 2018 providing even further justification for the UNESCO designation.


Design Indaba Open Night 2018 will take place for one night only on Wednesday 21 February 2018. There’ll be complimentary live music performances and all-access to the launch of the Emerging Creatives exhibition, the opening of the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) exhibition, and a special pre-premiere film screening and panel discussion – all aimed at providing the public with a tantalizing taste of what the full festival has to offer.

What makes Design Indaba Open Night 2018 even more exciting is the way it will transform the Artscape Piazza into an immersive, brightly coloured wonderland designed especially for Design Indaba by progressive British designer Morag Myerscough, who is also speaking at the Design Indaba Conference 2018. Expect to see an astonishing 25m-long play park-like structure decorated with a profusion of patterns inspired by children’s drawings. Once the Design Indaba is over, this extraordinary structure will be donated to a school in need, in collaboration with local child-centred collective See Saw Do.

This giant installation will be positioned alongside a world-class sound stage. On the bill for Open Night is guitar virtuoso Guy Buttery who will be followed by DJ acts Beat Sampras, Urban Village and Jakinda. The music will start at 18h30, with the final act kicking off at 21h30.

On the film front, Open Night guests will be treated to a special screening and panel discussion of Five Fingers for Marseilles, a captivating Western set in post-Apartheid South Africa. Director Michael Matthews and writer Sean Drummond will lead an interactive discussion with the audience after the viewing.



Alongside all this brain-food and eye-candy, there will be a range of gourmet street food options on sale, via food trucks. Curated by culinary designer Hannerie Visser of Studio H, who runs the Street Food Festival, the offering will feature once off, exclusive menus to entice the senses and challenge preconceived ideas around food. You can also book separately for a three-course Chefs Table with renowned local chef Bertus Basson.

If the Design Indaba Open Night 2018 is not enough to satisfy your senses, you can book to attend all three days of the Design Indaba Conference or Simulcast, running from 21-23 February 2018. Conference and Simulcast delegates will receive complimentary access to the two nights of the Nightscape at Design Indaba music festival, taking place on Thursday 22 February 2018 and Friday 23 February 2018, with a different line-up for each night. Members of the public can book separately to attend Nightscape alone and needn’t be conference ticket-holders to experience Nightscape. The Nightscape music and performance programme is especially noteworthy for its stellar acts sourced from across the African continent, and for the fact that you will not be able to see these made-for-the-purpose acts anywhere else. To round off the festival, there is a separate trends seminar with international forecasting expert Li Edelkoort on Saturday 24 February 2018.


Booking for the Design Indaba Conference, Simulcast, Nightscape, Bertus Basson Chefs Table and Li Edelkoort is via Webtickets. There is no need to book for the Design Indaba Open Night on Wednesday 21 February 2018, as entrance is free.

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