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Artist Olivié Keck plays where tech meets art
The South African artist brings the worlds of her psychedelic artworks to life through VR.
Kgodisho Mowa’s work tackles inequality and political apathy
"Countless people are fighting for equality and fairness, and fighting for broken promises by the government, but they don't get the spotlight they deserve.”
Urban designer Alice Cabaret on innovation in challenging places like Maboneng
"[Maboneng] has also helped to open a very needed debate, in academic and social circles, about urban transformation in complex contexts like Johannesburg."
Sir David Adjaye designs memorial in honour of Hugh Masekela
The Masekela family, in collaboration with Design Indaba, will be unveiling a memorial pavilion during youth month.
A South African architect and designer who believes in a human-first approach to design.
Li Edelkoort returns to Design Indaba to present her vision of 2020
The acclaimed speaker will be discussing key topics like cultural appropriation in fashion and how to cure "colourphobia" in our interiors.
Navigating South Africa’s convoluted minibus taxi system
The creator of the popular GauRider App, Litha Soyizwapi has plans to revolutionise the way we catch a taxi.
On South African icon Thandiswa Mazwai
Affectionately known as King Tha, the award winning musician uses her craft for activism.
Mapping the complexity of access and ethics in Johannesburg
We fail to think of residents, particularly if they happen to be poor, as full and complex human beings whose passions and needs morph over time
The interior designer turned jewellery designer
Phenyo Melody Madiba
Phenyo uses pyrography (the art of decorating wood with burn marks) to create art.
Suzan Mbhali Manzini
The illustrator and design celebrating self-love
Mpho Mphaga is carving a name for himself on the South African interior design scene.
Luthando is an illustrator and designer with a passion for technology.
Mabula is a writer and photographer whose work focuses on human interest stories.
This all-round creative has already worked with some of the country's biggest brands.
The Soweto-born visual artist wants to use his paintings to foster social change.
This multi-talented artist says the Internet played a vital role in her career.
The fashion designer's work merges tradition with contemporary fashion.
Drivelines is a building that does not conceal its true self
LOT-EK architect Ada Tolla says they wanted to design a building as honest as Joburg itself.
Where would the South African comedy scene be without Kagiso Lediga?
The filmmaker, actor and comedian behind some of the country's most loved comedy shows and films will speak at Design Indaba Conference 2019.
Stand-up comedian, actor, writer and film director.
Unscrambling Africa photo project reveals the Africa beyond the slums and safaris
Photographer Mutua Matheka launched his project to show the complex beauty of African cities.
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First ever Ghana Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale designed by David Adjaye
• Duration: 00:43:07
9 May 19
The historic event is a celebration of Ghana's untapped cultural capital.
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Six creative crowdfunding projects worth supporting this April
12 Apr 18
Five examples of great design from Singapore
17 Sep 18
Designer Thebe Magugu explores escapism in his latest collection
1 Feb 18
This short film is a meditation on the joys girlhood
12 Feb 16
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