Design Indaba 2018 is back. Once again you’ll be able to experience the world’s leading creative currency driving design for a better world with Design Indaba’s iconic annual conference. The conference, taking place from 21- 23 February 2018, 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. Awarded as the Best Conference in the World, Design Indaba 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.

Taking place in conjunction with the world-renowned Design Indaba Conference, the annual Design Indaba Festival 2018 will run from 21 – 24 February 2018 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. An experiential wonderland of live music, films, Chefs Table dinners, performances and exhibitions, the Design Indaba Festival encompasses the Design Indaba’s longstanding annual Film Festival, Nightscape, and the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, as well as the Emerging Creatives Programme. New to the festival in 2018 are pop-up restaurants featuring renowned Chefs and stand-alone performances by headline acts. Festival passes are available to the general public–you don’t need to be a conference delegate to attend. An all-access, three-night pass allows festivalgoers to experience the full offering of creative excellence. Alternatively, a one-night ticket will allow you to catch a smaller selection of the amazing performing acts and progressive installations on offer.

Nightscape Music Festival

Nightscape will run from 22–24 February 2018 on the Artscape Piazza. Expect a wonderland of curated gourmet street food, DJs, VIP hospitality suites, installations, performers and music, creating an immersive experience in which you wouldn’t be surprised to find a Conference speaker taking the stage to perform a DJ set. The specially curated selection on offer expands the continent and beyond, with highlights coming from unknown talents around Africa, special performances by selected Conference speakers, and a range of local and international artists breaking boundaries. Not to mention crowd-pulling headline acts.

Nightscape at Design Indaba Festival 2018 presents a series of pop-up foodie experiences featuring Bertus Basson, Studio H and Third Culture Experiment. The Chef’s Table events and pop-up feasts. Award-winning South African chef, Bertus Basson – of the restaurants Overture, Spek and Bone, and Bertus Basson at Spice Route fame-will collaborate with progressive food experience designer, Hannerie Visser of Studio H. Merging food and design into a unique experience of local flavours presented in a stimulating way, this progressive Chef’s Table is set to be a milestone event on the 2018 Cape Town culinary calendar. The Bertus Basson Chefs Table events will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 21 February, Thursday 22 February and Friday 23 February only. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Third Culture Experiment will present its pop-up foodie events on Wednesday 21 February and Thursday 22 February. Third Culture Experiment is best known for presenting experimental and resourceful food combinations at a series of collaborative events that are held at a different destination each time. Tickets are available through Webtickets and because limited spaces are on offer, booking is essential.

Most Beautiful Object in South Africa

The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa showcase gives the nation a chance to express what constitutes beauty. While some may consider beauty an aspect of taste and others know it on sight, beauty becomes far more profound than a visual sensation when design attributes such as social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour are thrown into the mix. The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa showcase runs from 21–24 February 2018 at the Artscape.

Emerging Creatives

Emerging Creatives will showcase samples of their work from 21–24 February 2018 within the Artscape. The Emerging Creatives Programme excels in supporting the next generation of creative talents and provides young designers with a much-needed launch platform.

Film Festival

The Design Indaba Film Festival will run from 22–24 February 2018 and screenings take place in the Artscape Arena during the evenings. There will be a selection of films on offer, with two screenings per night, at 18h00 and 20h30. The ticket price per film is R85. The films are not limited by genre, format or theme. Simply expect a refreshing, globally relevant foray into film that’s leading the way in creativity, from documentaries about various creative disciplines and figures, to quirky and artistic creative expressions making their African debut.

Will I Need Tickets For Everything?

Admission to both the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa and Emerging Creatives are included in the Nightscape, Film Festival and conference tickets and will give attendees a view into the future of creativity in South Africa and across the continent. Tickets for Nightscape and the Film Festival (on sale from 10 December 2017) are available from Webtickets and are sold separately to the Design Indaba Conference and Simulcast.

Keep your eyes on the website for more on the conference, including the speakers.