All the reasons not to miss Nightscape 2020, Design Indaba’s public-hearted festival

A cultural extravaganza second to none – performances, installations, design exhibitions, masterclasses and live music.

A cultural extravaganza second to none – performances, installations, design exhibitions, masterclasses and live music – is headed for the Artscape Piazza from 26-28 February 2020. Nightscape, Design Indaba’s public festival, opens from 16h00 onwards each day, so don’t miss this explosion of on-the-ground creative inspiration. A host of experiential delights for lovers of creativity awaits…

Get screen-printing with the best in the business

Internationally renowned Patrick Thomas, one of the greatest silkscreen artists in the world today, will be setting up a screen-printing station, so bring some old T-shirts and your best creative ideas and get collaborating on upcycling your wardrobe!

Fab Collab

Thomas is also known for his Open Collab, where he invites graphic designers from all walks of life, from all over the world, to co-create works. Ahead of the Design Indaba, Thomas will be hosting Open Collab workshops at local design schools. The best pieces to emerge from the workshops will be exhibited at the festival as part of the launch of Open Collab 2.

Support the Emerging Creatives Class of 2020

Every year, Design Indaba showcases the work of the next generation of up-and-coming designers. The Emerging Creatives Class of 2020, handpicked by curators Mokoena Kobeli, Crystal Birch and Siyanda Mbele, will be on hand to exhibit and discuss their strikingly original work. The Emerging Creatives, masterminded by Design Indaba and supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, are the design heavyweights of tomorrow, so be sure to support their artistic endeavours.

Be part of a live podcast audience

Creative polymath Debbie Millman has interviewed some of the world’s greatest creative thinkers, such as Malcolm Gladwell, Stefan Sagmeister, Seth Godin, Steven Heller and more, on her award-winning podcast, Design Matters. As the longest-running design podcast on air, it has an enviable track record – and Millman will be hosting a very special LIVE podcast as part of the Design Indaba Festival. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be part of the audience and make history. Places are limited, so reserve your seat via Webtickets. Book now

Vote for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa

It’s time to cast your vote as Design Indaba runs the iconic Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) competition. The annual contest asks 10 industry experts to nominate 10 objects that stand out for being aesthetically pleasing, memorable, on-trend, functional, zeitgeist-capturing, sustainable – or all of the above. The competition gives the public a chance to ponder the age-old question ‘What is beauty?’ and select which object is worthy of the coveted title. Don’t forget to cast your vote! You can view all the MBOISA objects on exhibition at the festival and voting happens on

Learn from the greats at Nightschool

Each evening, leaders in their respective fields will be giving hands-on direction into their various disciplines, such as SA’s Michelin darling Jan Hendrik Van Der Westhuizen, trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and music video director Motion Billy. These Masterclass sessions are aimed at the intellectually curious wanting to hone their skills. Places are limited and can be reserved through Webtickets – check in there to view the full line-up of Masterclasses. You may attend individual sessions and need not sign up for all of them. Book now:

How to book for Nightscape:

The nominal entrance fee to experience this incredible basket of creativity is only R30 per person if you book online ahead of the event via Webtickets: You can also purchase tickets at the gate at R50 per person, via cashless payment systems.
Need-to-know dates and times:
Wednesday 26 February 2020: 16h00–21h30
Thursday 27 February 2020: 16h00–21h30
Friday 28 February 2020: 16h00–0h00 (there will be additional live acts on Friday)

Attending the festival? Remember that it’s the 25th anniversary of the Design Indaba Conference – the country’s iconic symposium on changing the world with design, which also runs at the Artscape from 26 to 28 February 2020. Annual fixture Li Edelkoort runs her famed trend seminars in Johannesburg on 25 February and in Cape Town on 29 February 2020. For more on the conference speakers, please visit