British designers Tom Dixon, Thomas Heatherwick and Es Devlin are among 30 high-profile speakers who will present at this year’s Design Indaba conference in Cape Town.
The annual Design Indaba Conference of Creativity is set to take place from 21 to 23 February 2018, at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre. Joining Dixon, Heatherwick and Devlin, British designer Morag Myerscough, London-based Studio Swine and designer and researcher Neri Oxman, will also make presentations during the event.
“The Design Indaba conference is going beyond design to create a multi-sensory event where you can hear, see, learn and experience the future of creative thinking and design activism,” said the event’s organisers. [It] aims to make a positive impact on society by building a movement that attracts producers of meaningful culture and business, regardless of sector or industry.”
Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort will return to present her annual seminar, revealing three critical future trends that will affect business and culture, while the search for this year’s Most Beautiful Object in South Africa aims to challenge notions of beauty in design.
The festival also includes the Design Indaba’s longstanding annual Film Festival, Nightscape Music Festival, and exhibitions including the Emerging Creatives Programme.
“With three full days of engaging speakers, exhibitions and a film and music festival, the 2018 conference is set to amaze, uplift and motivate delegates to find new ways in which to design a better world,” said the organisers. Other activities include a programme of music concerts, a festival of food and an exhibition of up-and-coming South African design.
In order to increase accessibility to the event, the Design Indaba Simulcast offers a live broadcast of the main conference to several venues around South Africa, at a reduced rate. The initiative was developed by Design Indaba to cater to those unable to attend the conference in Cape Town, such as emerging designers, students and young professionals.
For further details about the festival, a full list of events and speakers plus registration information, visit the Design Indaba website.