• Design Indaba Nightscape 2017

    A surreal wonderland of music, art, food and exhibitions at Design Indaba Nightscape. Feast on creativity and immerse yourself in a dreamscape of ideas and innovation. Only R200 for a 3-night pass.

For the first time ever, Design Indaba presents Nightscape at its annual Festival of creativity. The Artscape Piazza will open up to the public from 17:30 each night of the Festival with an explosion of music, art and design installations, with food, drink and festivities, alongside our FilmFest and exhibitions of Emerging Creatives and the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.

Head over to the IndaBar for an icy drink, immersed in the afterglow of creative ideas shared that day, energised by an epic music lineup of live music and DJ sets as the sun goes down. Stroll over for a bite to eat at the city’s best food trucks, and grab a seat at the FilmFest for a screening of a premiere feature film or short film programme shown for the first time on the African continent. Browse our design exhibitions and shop from a collection of newly released African designs.

Whatever your creative fancy, you’ll find something to satiate it at the Design Indaba Festival from 1 to 3 March. Don’t head home at 5pm – find a creative space at the Design Indaba Nightscape that speaks to your soul, and stay a while

COME PLAY Pencils down, dancing shoes on, the night is young. It's you inside a surreal wonderland of music, food, art and design. Mouth agape. Mind blown.

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The Artscape Piazza will open up to the public from 17:30 each night of the Festival with an explosion of music, art and design installations, food and festivities, alongside our FilmFest and exhibitions of Emerging Creatives, Most Beautiful Object in South Africa and Underground Images.

Head over to Design IndaBar for an icy drink each day at 17:30, immersed in the afterglow of creative ideas shared at Design Indaba Festival that day, energised by an epic music lineup of live music and DJ sets as the sun goes down. 

*Line up times are subject to change

Home-brewed, future-focused
As Black Coffee proved on his South African Music Award-winning album Home Brewed, this DJ and producer defies convention.

Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favour of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee's penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but fresh and future-focused. To many, Black Coffee has led the ‘house music’ movement in South Africa.

In a special sit-down performance on Thursday 2 March at the Arena at Artscape, from two of the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical HAMILTON and IN THE HEIGHTS comes FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, an additional offering as part of Design Indaba Nightscape.

FLS is a stage show like no other. Four performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hiphop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realised musical numbers. 

The New York Times calls them “Masters in the art of Freestyle rhyme.”

Tickets also include access to Nightscape music, exhibitions and the official after party on the piazza!

Feast your mind on a different African premiere each night of the Festival. Never-before-seen feature films and short films come to life at the Artscape, where you can catch a drink, see incredible exhibitions and have a listen to the country’s (and the world’s) best musicians before heading in to see a film that no one on the African continent has viewed before.

Screenings each night at Artscape from 1 to 3 March from 18:30. 

Tickets R80 and include access to Nightscape.

View the programme.

Under the creative direction of Senagelese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, the Artscape Piazza will host a wonderland of exhibits and installations like never before.

Feast your eyes on other-wordly art installations, Inside a Dream, conceptualised by Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, who travelled to Ivory Coast to work with sculptor Paul Sika  to sketch and conceptualise a fantastical new look for the Artscape Piazza. For the last two months, artists Bassirou Wade and Monsour Bah from Dakar, Senegal have joined forces with a local team of creatives, builders and welders from Dimensions Tents and Structures in a workshop space in Cape Town.

Our Emerging Creatives class of 2017 will have their debut exhibitions at Design Indaba Festival as part of Nightscape at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

The ten nominations for Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2017 will be on display at Design Indaba Festival as part of Nightscape at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

Underground Images exhibition

“Underground Images” brings together more than 50 of the myriad posters created at SVA for display in the vast New York City subway system, offering a glimpse of the history of the College and the collective talent of its acclaimed design and illustration faculty. The exhibition was curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, who has served as creative director for the posters since 2007.

Beginning in the mid-1950s, SVA was in the vanguard of academic institutions in the U.S. to recognize the need for alternative marketing strategies to attract new students. SVA took to the platforms of New York City’s subway with advertising posters that were both thought-provoking and eye-catching, featuring the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. All practicing professionals on the faculty at SVA, they used the poster commission to explore what it means to be an artist and hone their own artistic voice. Like the College itself, the SVA subway posters have become in some way inseparable from the city as incitements to creativity and risk taking.

The 30 artists in “Underground Images” include Gail Anderson, Marshall Arisman, Gene Case, Ivan Chermayeff, Paul Davis, Sal De Vito, Louise Fili, Audrey Flack, Nathan Fox, Bob Gill, Robert Giusti, Milton Glaser, Phil Hays, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, Viktor Koen, Stephen Kroninger, Marvin Mattelson, Clay Patrick McBride, James McMullan, Jerry Moriarty, Tony Palladino, Stefan Sagmeister, David Sandlin, Paula Scher, Yuko Shimizu, Eve Sonneman, George Tscherny, James Victore and Robert Weaver.

Catch a series of free talks at the Theatre on Thursday night from 18:30.

*Line up times are subject to change

Underground Images

The School of Visual Arts in New York City will be hosting the exhibition Underground Images: SVA Subway Posters 1947–Present on the Piazza. There will also be a talk by Beth Kleber, with an introduction by Aditi Khurana, on the history of the School of Visual Arts' subway posters and the legendary designers who created them (including Milton Glaser, Ivan Chermayeff, George Tscherny and Paula Scher, among many others) on Thursday at 18:30 in the Simulcast Theatre. As the SVA Archivist, Kleber is in charge of preserving the original posters in the Underground Images exhibition and documenting their history.

Due to technical difficulties, the Design Talks have been cancelled and removed from the programme. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

We are buzzing with anticipation for the Design Indaba Nightscape and so should you! Not only does Nightscape offer a magical wonderland of creativity but you can also experience an unforgettable offering of food and drinks. Ten of Cape Town’s favourite food trucks are bound to please the most demanding of tastebuds with street food of the finest order. From French Afrikaans bistro to Asian street food, mouth-watering gourmet burgers, burritos and bagels, Hungarian flatbreads and Durban curries, artisanal soft serve ice cream and fruity smoothies, organic juices, coffee and so much more – a bounty of food bursting with flavour, each taste more delicious than the last.”


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