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HAPPENINGText: Bertina Appel


The South African Design Indaba is held annually in the city of Cape Town on the last weekend of February. The concept of the Indaba started in 1995, and is one of the most anticipated events of the year as it serves as a way of getting young and emerging artists from all over South Africa to showcase their creativity and help give them exposure to the public. The Indaba calls on all creatives from across all fields and media in the design field from visual arts, furniture, clothing, textiles, jewellery, film, architecture, advertising, publishing and even the performing arts to the participate in the expo.


The Indaba has grown over the years and is now held successively every year at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC). In the beginning in started out as a small gathering with only an invitation for 9 speakers promoting the emerging talent in the arts and crafts sectors in the young democracy of South Africa in the post-Apartheid years.


Since 2004 it has gone on to become an official expo, the Indaba has become a world-class platform for local and international talent to show off their wares and to gain exposure into the global market. The Design Indaba, as a brand, has become a quarterly magazine which keeps the public constantly updated on new and emerging artists in South Africa as well as the latest trends in the design and creative fields, as well as promoting new up-and-coming artists as well as previous exhibitors’ progress.


The Indaba also hosts various seminars and work shops with various guests for visitors and exhibitors over the Indaba weekend. The seminars range from talking on the latest trends in the various sectors in design to taking their creativity into the business world to gain commercial success.

Design Indaba 2010
Date: 24th – 26th February, 2010
Place: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Text: Bertina Appel
Photos: Jonx Pillener, Syd Willow

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