The Open Design Festival is back and, like in previous years, its aim is to inspire, educate and connect our creative city in fun and educational ways. Visitors to the 12-day festival can expect citywide talks, exhibitions, workshops, tours, activations and, of course, interactive experiences suitable for young learners, experienced entrepreneurs, and dreamers alike.
Most of the impressive programme events are free; some cost a minimum of R40; and the Culture Connect and Come Dine with Khayelitsha events are on the pricier side, but they’re well worth it. (The Culture Connect Architectural Tour costs R275 and includes Mutual Heights, which was the tallest building in Africa when it was built in 1939. Come Dine with Khayelitsha costs R250 online and R300 at the door.)
Some festival highlights…
- Talk100 covers various key topics, including social design and rebranding communities.
- The International STEAM Symposium, the first event of its kind in Africa, showcases how creative and design-thinking skills can expand businesses and develop new opportunities for the upcoming work force.
- The Southern Guild STELLAR Evening Tour of the inaugural exhibition features 23 local designers and their never-before-seen work.
- SeeSawDo’s Animation Station engages children in the art of storytelling and character design.
- The Designing Careers High School Programme features top design schools and career options.
- The Architecture Open Studios is a showcase of some of Cape Town’s leading architectural practices.
- The Universal Design Africa is hosting a design workshop for professions such as architects, interior designers and planners.
- Disassembly Workshop teaches children to take apart, fix and recycle appliances, such as toasters and irons – in a safe way, of course!