Design your February diary around Nightscape, an open-hearted public festival of design, creativity and performance that takes place after working hours to make it easier for everyone to attend.
Entry to Nightscape is absolutely free – all are welcome to enjoy a chockablock line-up of design exhibitions, film, installations, master classes, demonstrations, displays, curated retail and live music.
Nightscape will take place every evening from 5pm from 27 February to 1 March 2019. The event should set the piazza of the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town abuzz with activity.
Design Indaba Conference and Cape Town Simulcast
This celebratory cultural and creative event is presented by Design Indaba and runs concurrently with the annual Design Indaba Conference and Cape Town Simulcast.
‘We want this public dimension of the Design Indaba to be accessible to the people of Cape Town. We have thrown open our arms to the city. Come and enjoy this performative, mind-bending and memorable experience with us!’ invites Design Indaba Festival Manager, Bev Cupido.
Fun to explore, Nightscape will take place around an inventive container village comprising used shipping containers. This village is the backdrop to a jam-packed complimentary schedule. See the full guide to the event on the festival section of the Design Indaba website and on a free-to-download app.
The first time to be showcased in public anywhere in the world is the collection of African-inspired homeware commissioned by IKEA. “IKEA is bringing its ÖVERALLT collection to where it all started; the piazza at Design Indaba. The collection is a celebration of creativity and the social everyday of urban city life. Visitors are welcome to explore the collection, meet the designers, experience our maker-space and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of ÖVERALLT, the limited-edition collection that is all about building bridges and not walls,” says Johanna Martin, Senior Press Officer for IKEA, Sweden.
Most Beautiful Object
Other free exhibitions on the piazza include a curated display of all 10 of the objects nominated for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2019. Members of the public are encouraged to vote online for their favourite and the award goes to the nominee with the highest number of public votes. Vote ahead of the exhibition: https://conference.designindaba.com/mboisa
On display for the first time is the Design Indaba Capsule Collection. The hyper-curated collection features limited-edition products spanning fashion, furniture and homeware that have been chosen especially for Design Indaba 2019 and are available for purchase at the event. Brands such as Something Good Studio, Pone Creative, Arkivio and Neo Mahlangu all form part of the Capsule Collection.
In addition to the Design Indaba Capsule Collection, an array of independent local designers will be retailing their product ranges on the piazza. Expect delights from Crystal Birch, MaXhosa, Pichulik, Gold Bottom Pots, Skin Creamery and Granadilla Swim, among others.
The annual Emerging Creatives exhibition, supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, takes pride of place in the epicentre of the village. A class of 50 rising young design stars from across the country will showcase their work within container spaces, using the Design Indaba as the launching pad for their careers.
Chocaholics take heart, as there’ll even be architectural plans for the future Cocoa Museum on show. This proposed museum is soon to be built in West Africa, which is home to much of the world’s cocoa plantations.
If the idea of chocolate has you drooling, rest assured that refreshments will be on sale at the event and six food trucks will be parked on the piazza over the three-day period. Look out for sublime ice cream from Unframed, cheesy goodness from Holy Macaroni, and vegan treats from Cosmo Café.
Live music acts
Highlights include bands and DJs every evening – Wednesday features the live bands Diamond Thug, Orah and The Kites and No Diggity. Thursday is designated as Jazz Night. Darren English, The Funky Monks and MIA (Made in Africa) will be setting the tone. Friday night is party night with the likes of Sibot, Amy Ayanda, The Steezies and Bam Bam Brown performing on stage. All free.
Select master classes and films will also be free to Nightscapers, there are some events that will require a ticket purchase. Please be sure to consult the festival guide to avoid confusion and book via Webtickets if and when necessary.
Conference speaker Wanuri Kahiu will present her film Rafiki, followed by a Q&A. Director Boris Bertram’s documentary The Human Shelter, in collaboration with IKEA, is also on the bill.
Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort will present her annual seminar that reveals the key style directions for 2019. The seminar looks at global craft and colour, and takes place on Saturday 2 March Tickets: www.webtickets.co.za.
NightSchool at Design Indaba 2019 is a new series of masterclasses that takes place over all three evenings. The 45-minute classes feature intimate sessions with well-known local and international presenters, each a master of their respective fields. There are multiple sessions each evening, running from 5.30pm – 6.15pm, 6.30pm – 7.15pm and 7.30pm to 8.15pm.
Local NightSchool presenters include architect Stefan Antoni of SAOTA and creative director, Conn Bertish of Cancer Dojo. Internationals include Dutch designer Eric Quint, who is the Vice President and Chief Design Officer at 3M Company, and New York-based Olof Schybergson, the CEO of Fjord.
And of course, there’s the conference itself. If the idea of Nightscape has got you going, you can always graduate from this gorgeous ‘freemium’ platform to the world’s premier design conference and enjoy the unsurpassed stimulation of both in combination.