Design Indaba Conference AND Cape Town Simulcast SOLD OUT

If you’re in Cape Town and you weren’t able to secure your seat, you can still have an unforgettable Design Indaba experience. Here’s how...

Both Design Indaba Conference and Cape Town Simulcast have sold out. However, there is limited availability in the other Simulcast venues in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth or Potchefstroom! But do book quickly to avoid disappointment in those locations too.

If you’re in Cape Town and you weren’t able to secure your seat at the Design Indaba Conference or Cape Town Simulcast, you can still have an unforgettable Design Indaba experience. Here’s how:

Design Indaba FilmFest 2014

21 February to 2 March

Design Indaba FilmFest presents 10 documentary feature films – never before seen on South African soil – in unforgettable alfresco settings. From intimately told, quirky narratives to bold conversation starters, they showcase the genius and passion that drives creativity in endeavours such as urban planning, old-school sign painting, skateboarding and photography.

The festival takes place over the course of 10 nights at three different venues that capture the heritage and cinematic beauty of Cape Town. 

Maiden’s Cove in Clifton will host three films. They will be screened in an old-school drive-in style setting.

21 February Sound City 

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) documents the history of the recording studio Sound City, where artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, and Nirvana recorded their groundbreaking music.

22 February 20 Feet from Stardom  (Oscar nominee 2014)

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. The untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.           

23 February The Otherside 

There’s a new music scene brewing in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle hip-hop artists are redefining the genre and exploding onto the national scene. Think Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Dyme Def and more.

Cape Town’s oldest surviving colonial building, the Castle of Good Hope, hosts the next six films in an equally cinematic alfresco setting.

24 February The Human Scale 

See how modern cities repel human interaction and discover creative ways we can build cities to take human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account.

25 February This Ain't California  (Cannes Independent Film Fest)

Discover the vibrant underground skateboard scene of East Germany during the 80s, which coincided with the rise of punk rock, hip-hop, breakdancing and other outsider movements.

26 February Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (Denver Film Festival Award winner)

A look into Crewdson’s elaborate creative process to capture the perfect image and the life story behind the work.

27 February Sign Painters

This documentary revels in the nearly lost art of creating storefronts, murals, banners and billboards by hand with brush and paint.

28 February Cutie and the Boxer  (Oscar nominee 2014)

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.

01 March Finding Fela  (2014 Sundance Film Festival debut)

This film, directed by Alex Gibney, explores the life and music of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician and composer, Fela Kuti.

For the grand finale on 2 March, we will be screening Wes Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, in the Nu Metro Cinemas at Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront. This is the African premiere and the first time it will be screened in public since its debut at the Berlin Film Festival in early February.

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Design Indaba Music 2014

26 to 27 February

Design Indaba once again hosts a series of world-class music events in Cape Town to celebrate music as an art form and a medium to communicate the message of creative endeavour. Design Indaba Music is unmatched in its approach and execution, allowing the people of Cape Town and visitors to Design Indaba to experience a sonic explosion showcasing exactly what Africa sounds like.

38 Artists. 10 Venues. 2 Nights.

26 February 2014: Converse Represents

Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

20:00 / Ntone Edjabe

22:00 / Crosby

00:00 / BLK JKS Soundsystem

The Assembly

20:00 / Apple Sawc

22:00 / TehSynes

00:00 / Albert Axe

The Piano Bar

20:00 / Desert Head

22:00 / Hlasko

00:00 / Card on Spokes

Straight No Chaser (used to be The Mahogany Room)

20:00 / Native Drums

22:00 / Nonku Phiri

00:00 / Mr Moeh 24

The Waiting Room in collaboration with Cool Hunting

20:00 / Slabofmisuse

22:00 / Thibo Tazz

00:00 / Big Space feat. II Duce

Truth Coffee

20:00 / Seth Williams

22:00 / Bongeziwe Mabandla

00:00 / Satori

Jade Lounge

20:00 / Groove Afrika

22:00 / Bruno Morphet

00:00 / Jakobsnake

The House of Machines

20:00 / Muzi

22:00 / BIG FKN GUN

00:00 / Maramza

The Odyssey

20:00 / Micr. Pluto

22:00 / Melo B Jones

feat. JAB A JAW

00:00 / Symatics

Sgt Pepper's

20:00 / Damascvs

22:00 / Fever Trails

00:00 / glowLDB

27 February 2014: Design Indaba Music

The Assembly

20:00 / Areyugett!

22:00 / Momentss

23:00 / The Fridge

00:00 / Moonchild

01:00 / John Wizards

02:00 / Okmalumkoolkat

03:00 / DJ Bubbles & Papercutt

04:00 / Close

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Design Indaba Expo 2014

28 February - 2 March (Buyers/media preview: 27 February)

From inaugural features such as Africa is Now, First Editions and the Africa Pavilion, to returning favourites such as Most Beautiful Object in SA and Emerging Creatives, the Expo is a veritable smorgasbord of local and continentally designed products. This year there are 495 exhibitors, 230 of which are first-time participants.

Registered buyers and media representing local and international companies will have exclusive Expo access on February 27 from 10am - 6.30pm. On-site registration for additional accredited buyers and media is available.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Fashion at the Expo

Fashion shows run everyday in the events arena from 11.30am - 4pm, showing collections by 40 heavyweight designers including David Tlale, Thula Sindi, Lara Klawikowski and Dax Martin.

Expo Hours:

Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

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