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October 2nd, 2013

Design Indaba Call for entries: Exhibition on African Design AND apply for Emerging Creatives

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Written by: Jacqueline Shaw
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Design Indaba invites designers and innovators from across Africa to participate in a major exhibition at Design Indaba Expo 2014.

Design Indaba is planning a ground-breaking exhibition of African design and innovation to be held at Design Indaba Expo 2014 in Cape Town, from Friday 28 February to 2 March (Buyers Day Thursday 27 February). Design Indaba Expo is the largest exhibition of design on the African continent. This is the first year that the Expo will look beyond South Africa’s borders to showcase work from other countries on the continent.

This is an opportunity to be part of a major exhibition that will form the focus of Design Indaba Expo. The project will showcase African ingenuity in finding solutions to its own problems, using local materials wherever possible. It will be an up-to-the-minute survey of emerging, established and unexpected talent from across the continent.

We have tapped into our network of international design leaders to act as advisors. Our panel consists of practising designers, retailers and journalists at the cutting edge of the design world, including designers Tom Dixon, Bibi Seck and Ayse Birsel; fashion designer Ozwald Boateng; architects David Adjaye and Kunle Adeyemi; and Financial Times writer Lucia van der Post. They will be calling on their respective networks to help identify the top emerging talent coming out of Africa.

The exhibition will address questions such as: What are some of the characteristics that make African cities unique, and how should we be designing for them? How is traditional craft finding a more contemporary voice? Why have African Fashion Weeks mushroomed around the world? How is mobile technology meeting the needs of everyday Africans?

We want to hear about developments in any field of design that is making strides in Africa and affecting the way people live. We’re particularly interested in solutions tailor made to conditions in Africa in any industry where design has played a role.

Urban planning
Textile design
Furniture and décor
Handmade crafts
Visual arts and photography
Graphic design
Video, film and animation
Sustainable design (high- and low-tech)
Industrial design and innovation in any industry – e.g. automotive, engineering, pharmaceutical, agriculture, telecommunications, information technology
Technological innovations of any kind
Informal inventions/street solutions
(We regret this exhibition does not include music, dance or the performing arts)

Queries to or +27 21 465 9966

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday 29 November 2013

You will be notified in January 2014 whether your work has been accepted.

Alongsde that check out you may also want to apply for

Emerging Creatives 2014

Show us what you’ve got! Apply right here for Emerging Creatives 2014. Applications open from 12 September 2013 until 15 November 2013.
Emerging Creatives 2014 Application

Join the crème de la crème of South Africa’s up-and-coming creatives as an Emerging Creative at the 2014 Design Indaba Expo.

The Emerging Creatives programme gives young designers the opportunity to showcase their work on the Design Indaba Expo floor, exposing them to industry professionals, including local and international buyers and media. The programme is a developmental platform for future designers, whose work is selected based on quality, originality and ability to stand alongside world-class designs.

The selected Emerging Creatives each receive a full sponsorship to showcase their work at Design Indaba Expo 2014, as well as a ticket to attend the Young Designers Simulcast of the Design Indaba Conference. All this is courtesy of the Department of Arts and Culture, developmental partner of the Design Indaba.

Click here to read more about Emerging Creatives.

Since 2004 Design Indaba Expo has grown its number of exhibitors from 40 to 486, and visitors from 8 000 to 34 080 in 2013. The Expo is a global commercial platform where designers from across all sectors market their products and services to local and international buyers and members of the public. It is curated by a panel of industry experts to ensure only the most original, high-quality South African design is represented. The Expo is part of the annual Design Indaba event, which includes the Design Indaba Conference, Film Festival, Music Circuit and other events.  The world-renowned Conference assembles some of the world’s most pioneering and perceptive creative minds to talk about their work. It provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and insights and hosted 2 966 delegates over three days in 2013. “It’s the greatest design conference in the world”, declared Icon magazine in May 2006 and +81magazine in 2009.

Photo credits: Seraka fashion label by Selly Raby Kane; 2013 Kinshasa Fashion Week collection by Malleni Peace (photo by Simon Deiner / SDR Photo); Makoko Floating School by Kunle Adeyemi; Furniture by Hamed Ouattara



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