In the News: Design is the mighty thread that binds solutions to a better future world. Woven into the building blocks of innovation, education and community, it’s essential to building a society that is sustainable, inclusive and prosperous.

One of Cape Town’s most dynamic design events, the Open Design Cape Town Festival, brings these concepts to life in a 12-day programme, taking place from 10-21 August 2016 at Cape Town City Hall and various venues across the city.

The Open Design Cape Town Festival is an inclusive festival of ideas that showcases the role of design and innovation in solving problems and improving lives. It features events that are relevant for people from all communities and all walks of life, from design professionals in all disciplines; to students, learners, educators and parents; and those who are simply curious about design and want to see how it can be used to mobilise social change and transformation.Cape-Town-Big-7-Design-1

Events include talks about design in various sectors; conferences that explore innovation in business; exhibitions that showcase design and innovation as a career choice; and open studio tours that reveal how designers actually work.

Now in its fourth year, the Open Design Cape Town Festival features a core events programme at Cape Town City Hall, from 10-16 August and a broader city-wide programme from 17-21 August. Programme highlights include the opening and closing parties on 10 and 20 August respectively; the Designing Careers Education Programme and exhibition for high school learners on every week day; Designing Careers Tertiary Open Day on 13 August; a morning of Talk100 sessions on 11 August; Pecha Kucha on 16 August; and Architecture Open Studios visits on 17 and 18 August. The details of other events, including Dine with Khayelitsha and events in Langa, among others, will be announced in due course.Cape-Town-Big-7-Design-2

The majority of Open Design Cape Town Festival events are free, while others are ticketed for particular audiences. More details and the Festival programme will be published on the Open Design Cape Town Festival website at

For more information about how to participate, contact, or check the toolkit for participation on the Open Design website.

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