Design Indaba announces speakers and festival programme

Creative festival Design Indaba returns to Cape Town next week with talks from designers, artists and digital entrepreneurs as well as a music, film and exhibition programme

Design Indaba takes place at Cape Town’s Artscape theatre from March 1-4. Conference speakers include Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, artist Olafur Eliasson, Ikea creative director Marcus Engman, interaction designer Nelly Ben Hayoun, Duolingo founder Luis von Ahn, visual artist and interaction designer Ekene Ijeoma (co-creator of The Refugee Project) and Brian Collins, co-founder of New York branding agency Collins.

The conference will also celebrate creativity in Africa with talks from Johannesburg product design team Dokter and Misses, Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia and Zimbabwean activist Chido Govera. (Govera was orphaned age seven and now runs The Future of Hope Foundation, which teaches people in developing countries how to farm mushrooms using coffee waste). A Global Graduates programme of talks will introduce emerging creative talent from around the world.

Alongside the conference, the festival programme includes Nightscape, a nightly series of talks, screenings and live music performances. Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane was appointed creative director of Nightscape this year and has curated various artworks and installations for the venue. The Artscape will also host exhibitions showcasing emerging creative talent in South Africa and shortlisted entries to a competition to find the country’s most beautiful object.

You can find out more about Design Indaba and see a full list of this year’s conference speakers at

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