Open Design Cape Town


Cape Town is once again a proud supporter of the Open Design Cape Town Festival, which is one of the leading showcases of how design can improve and transform the lives of residents.

Open Design is a 12-day city-wide festival which takes place from 12 to 23 August 2015. It is one of the most dynamic design-focused festivals on the Cape Town calendar. The festival celebrates the values, impact and creativity of design and innovation.

Most of the Open Design 2015 events are free to enter, which will enable everyone to participate and experience design innovation. ‘This interactive festival attracts participants from diverse demographics. The programme is designed to develop human capital and educate, inspire and empower young people. Design is not only about creating luxury products, but plays a part in everything we do from health to community, technology to transport. Design can help us build a better city together,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Garreth Bloor.

Reflecting the growth of the event, the programme will be hosted in two main festival hubs: the Cape Town City Hall and the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. Other events will take place at satellite venues in Cape Town, including Workshop 17 and the Lookout, as well as further afield such as Guga S’thebe in Langa and Lavender Hill.

The expanded programme features collaborations with local and international partners. Some programme highlights include:

  • 12 – 23 August: Designing Careers schools programme (Watershed, V&A Waterfront)
  • 15 August: TEDx Cape Town (City Hall)
  • 18 August: Pecha Kucha (City Hall)
  • 20 – 23 August: Maker Faire, including Maker Con and the launch of MAKE Magazine, South Africa (Watershed and Lookout, V&A Waterfront)
  • 12 – 23 August (weekdays): Talk100 sessions, a bonding session between the general public and opinion leaders on various topics (Watershed, V&A Waterfront).

For more information and the full programme, visit www.opendesignct.com.


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