We Are Africa exhibition 2016Celebrate Africa Month 2016 the creative way with the #WeAreAfrica Exhibition in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 26 to 28 May 2016.
In celebration of Africa Month, Design Indaba is teaming up with the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to bring you a fabulous exhibition of young African designers and their latest work in May 2016.
Exhibitors include past Emerging Creatives (young individuals identified as outstanding in their field in a given year, and who are supported by Design Indaba and DAC to grow their creative businesses) as well as the best of Design Indaba's Africa.Now. series, which showcases designers the Design Indaba team have travelled across the continent to find.
The exhibition is built around the theme of building a better Africa through design, and to encourage solidarity amongst African nations. The theme for 2016's Africa Month is “There Shall be Peace and Friendship”, and this is echoed through the alliance of African designers to create this exhibition - and how better to celebrate Africa month than with a unified display of the best of the continent's innovation?
Seasoned African hard-hitters including Thabo Makhetha, Catherine Ash and Issa Diabate and a number of established designers from the rest of Africa will be joined by fresher faces in the exhibition, including a selection of some of the past years' Emerging Creatives.
Details are as follows:
WE ARE AFRICA 2016 Exhibition
Thursday 26 May: 15.00 – 20.30
Friday 27 May: 11.30 – 22.00
Saturday 28 May: 09.00 – 18.00
Fox Junction Event Venue
14 Alexander Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg
For more information and for a glimpse into the exhibition's contents, please see the We Are Africa Exhibition 2016 event page.
Statement from DAC
During May South Africa will celebrate Africa Month under the theme: “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.
The sub-theme of: “There Shall be Peace and Friendship” is most fitting as the African Union and its predecessor the OAU have at all times strived to promote solidarity and unity amoung African nations.
The planned activities for the month by the Department of Arts and Culture seek to strengthen the socio, cultural, economic and political relations among African nations.
South Africans together with their counterparts from the continent and those in the Diaspora will participate in music, poetry, dance, film, craft and design, cuisine, fashion and intellectual engagements. This programme will involve different genres.
The celebrations will peak on the 25 May 2016 with the annual commemoration of Africa Day which marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. Today known as the Africa Union (AU) the organisation promotes greater unity and solidarity between African countries.
The AU is also at the forefront of the drive for peace, security and stability on the continent. It also seeks to establish the necessary conditions for the continent to take its rightful place in the global economy and on the international stage.
South Africa plays an active role in the organisation as an integral part of the African continent. The country’s national interest is intrinsically linked to continental stability, unity and prosperity of Africa.
Africa’s development is at the centre of South Africa’s foreign policy. Moreover, our foreign policy position commits us to broker peace when called on and ensure greater unity and solidarity between all nations.