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The doors are finally officially open to the new Department of Design HQ. Department of Design is a three week-long event that supports sustainability and collaboration. It is the initiative of the Government of the Netherlands as part of their contribution to World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

8 – 26 JULY 2014

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There are many ways to participate in Department of Design. It is a free event, and visitors are invited to attend activities free of charge. There will also be a pop-up café, Wi-Fi and a play-space with educational toys.

You can also participate by joining the conversation to #cocreateSA. Go to one of these locations to pick up your #cocreateSA postcard. Then, upload your #cocreateSA to social media and tell us how we can make a difference together. All selfies stand a chance to win one of 10 invitations to an exclusive Department of Design networking event.

You can also participate by hosing your own #cocreateSA event at Department of Design. If you have a project, activity or idea that contributes to the cocreate conversation, we welcome you to take part. Read more on the Take Part page and submit your application.

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From 8 to 26 July, Department of Design will host key note speakers, workshops, demonstrations and activates as part of a set programme. These will relate to 10 themes addressing sustainability in South Africa including issues of water, health, energy, food and urban development.

A second programme, running concurrently, will feature events organised by local participants. These include organisations, NGOs, businesses and entrepreneurs with events that involve collaboration and contribute to the conversation to #cocreateSA.

Get the full programme here