• Design Indaba Conference 2017

    Design Indaba's annual Conference of Creativity takes place from 1 to 3 March 2017 at the Artscape Theatre and broadcast live to multiple African cities via simulcast.
Design Indaba Conference 2016, photo by Jonx Pillimer

The Design Indaba Conference is a yearly 3-day showcase of the world’s best creative minds, providing endless inspiration, new perspectives and universal solutions.

The Conference has been the highlight of South Africa’s creative calendar since 1995, and has not only contributed vastly to uplifting the South African design sector, but has also been named the best design conference in the world.

For 2017, the Design Indaba audience can look forward to a stellar selection of speakers with compelling multimedia presentations that combine performance, storytelling, career-changing insights and the most cutting-edge creative work on the global circuit.

Under the art direction of fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, the conference is being elevated to the next creative level for 2017, and will function as the creative mothership around which all the other arenas of Design Indaba Festival will oscilate. Expect activations, live performances, music, exhibitions, a feast of food and drink, and even more immersive experiences than ever before at Design Indaba 2017.

Be prepared to be blown away.

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    Event Information

    • Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 (All day)
    • Thursday, 2 March, 2017 (All day)
    • Friday, 3 March, 2017 (All day)
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    Conference 2017 rates

     

    Individual ticket prices

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    Full Indaba (three-day ticket)  R7 900.00
    One-day ticket  R3 065.00
    Two-day ticket  R6 130.00
    Early Bird*/Directory discount (10%)  R7 110.00
    Alumni*/Academic*** discount discount (15%)  R6 715.00

    Group bookings

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    Group (5-10) discount (5%)  R7 505.00
    Group (11-25) discount (10%)  R7 110.00
    Group (26-plus) discount (15%)  R6 715.00

      

    Simulcast 2017 rates

     

    Cape Town

     
    Simulcast: Normal ticket R1 600.00
    Simulcast: Student ticket** R1 440.00

    Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom

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    Simulcast: Normal full ticket R1 030.00
    Simulcast: Student full ticket** R 925.00
    Simulcast: Student Group full ticket** (groups of 20+ students) R 875.00
    Simulcast: One-day ticket  R 380.00

    Windhoek, Nairobi, Lagos

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    Simulcast: Normal full ticket R1 030.00
    Simulcast: Student full ticket** R 925.00
    Simulcast: Student Group full ticket** (groups of 20+ students) R 875.00
    Simulcast: One-day ticket R 380.00 

     

    View the FAQs and fine print here. You can also download our festival app or sign up to our newsletter for speaker announcements (from December).

     

     

    Discount Information

    *Alumni discount is applicable to delegates who have attended two or more Design Indaba Conferences, excluding the Design Indaba Simulcast.

    **Student discount for individual or group tickets is only applicable if the attendee is registered with a valid tertiary education institution at the time of the booking.

    Early Bird and Alumni discounts are only applicable from 15 November to 15 December 2016, and are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis. Once they sell out, standard rates apply.

     

    BEE claims

     Companies sending emloyees to the Conference or Simulcast can claim the points under procurement for their BEE scorecard. Design Indaba is a Level 1 BEE company. 

     

    CPD Points for Architects

    All professional/registered architects can claim CPD points for Design Indaba Conference under category 3.

    Architects can do this by completing and submitting a form, which can be downloaded from the website of the institute with which they are registered. Related documentation as per the downloaded form must accompany the submission.

    The event organisers (in this case, Design Indaba) only have to supply applicants with the event programme, an invoice and attendance verification.

    Please find more information here.

    Please note that all persons registered by SACAP will be eligible to claim points.

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Design Indaba 2017 FAQs in Brief

Are ticket prices going up?

For the second year in a row, Design Indaba has decided not to increase our ticket prices.

When are tickets going on sale?

Simulcast tickets for Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom and Windhoek will open on 15 December 2016. Cape Town Simulcast ticket sales open on 16 February 2017 to students only and will open to non-students on 24 February 2017, if still available.

Can I get points if I’m an architect or an interior designer?

All professional/registered architects can claim CPD points for Design Indaba Conference under category 3. Architects can do this by completing and submitting a form, which can be downloaded from the website of the institute with which they are registered. Related documentation as per the downloaded form must accompany the submission. The event organisers (in this case, Design Indaba) only have to supply applicants with the event programme, an invoice and attendance verification. Please find more information here. Please note that all persons registered by SACAP will be eligible to claim points.

When will the conference programme be released?

Speakers will be announced from 1 December 2016, but the final programme and daily schedule will only be released one week before the event.

When will the first speaker’s name be released?

On 1 December.

Where is the Conference taking place?

The Design Indaba Conference and Festival will be held at The Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. This includes the FilmFest, Most Beautiful Object in South Africa exhibit and Emerging Creatives exhibition, which fall under the Nightscape event.

Where are the Simulcasts taking place?

Simulcasts will take place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, PE and Potchefstroom. One or more other African cities will also be hosting simulcasts. Venues to be confirmed.

Will there be an Expo?

The last Design Indaba Expo was held in 2015. Designers interested in showcasing their work through Design Indaba can sign up to our Designer Directory or enter for the next Emerging Creatives programme.

Where do I park?

Please could delegates park at the back entrance on the 28th for pre-registration, but enter via the front entrance at the front of the Piazza on the 1st. NO public parking will be available at the back on conference days. We encourage you to use public parking in the area or taxi to the event.

Come early and join us for breakfast

Try to be at The Artscape between 06:30 and 08:00, before the general public arrive at unreserved public parking in the area for their working day. Please join us for breakfast and coffee at the numerous food trucks which will be open from 07:00 at the Artscape’s piazza.

Use alternative transport where possible

Do your bit for the environment by trying to carpool where possible. Alternatively, use public transportation, grab an Uber or use the MyCiti bus transit system.

The MyCiti bus route runs straight to the Civic Centre, which is right next to the Artscape, and is a cheap, reliable alternative to other travel options.

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The Simulcast provides a live screening of the main Conference to various venues. This is an initiative by Design Indaba to distribute the knowledge shared at the Conference with a younger audience, or with those unable to attend the Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town. Student rates are now available.

In 2017 the Design Indaba Simulcast will be broadcast to 7 African venues and to ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. View confirmed venues and maps.

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Cape Town Simulcast ticket sales open on 16 February 2017 to students only and will open to non-students on 24 February 2017, if still available.


Registration opens 28 February at the Artscape from 09h00 to 17h00

Registration will also take place daily between 07h00 and 09h00 on 1-3 March. However, we strongly encourage delegates to register early on 28 February as Conference doors close promptly at 9am daily.
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