Design Indaba Festival 2016: Our picks for the week ahead

15 February 2016

Design Indaba kicks off in Cape Town this week, and as Media Partner It’s Nice That will be reporting from the event, speaking with leading figures from the design world and keeping an eye out for new talent. Below is a round-up of the events we are particularly looking forward to this week.

Emerging Creatives 2016

In an exhibition at the V&A Waterfront the creative class of 2016 will be showcased to retailers and media from around the world, demonstrating Design Indaba’s commitment to nurturing talent from across Africa. We will be keeping an eye out for the work of illustrator Helen Borg and Phendu Kuta, the founder of Unlabelled magazine.


Design Indaba has a global reach and focus, but each year the festival organises an open competition to find the Most Beautiful Object In South Africa. From a shortlist of nine the nominations cover disciplines that range from fashion and product design to publishing and social enterprise. The winner, following a public vote, will be announce on 19 February.


We announced the line up for the conference last week, and as ever it’s an inspiring and exciting mix of personalities. The pick of the line up includes the doyenne of graphic design world Margaret Calvert, Deutsche Börse Prize nominated photographer and designer Erik Kessels, and the founder of Brazilian design agency Tatis, which has developed the branding for this years Olympics in Rio, Fred Gelli.

Film Fest 2016

The Film Fest has a fantastic programme of films and documentaries that have each won accolades in their own right over recent years. The subjects covered include cooking, music, dance and more. The documentary we are most looking forward to seeing is Very Semi-Serious that offers an insider’s view of the New Yorker magazine’s iconic cartoons.

DJ Mighty at Design Indaba

One of Cape Town’s most dedicated vinyl enthusiasts, DJ Mighty is revered for his eclectic taste in music and is a stalwart of the South African music scene. His Mabu vinyl shop was a key location in the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary Searching for Sugarman. He appears at Design Indaba as part of a music programme that features local and international artists.

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Owen Pritchard

Owen joined It’s Nice That as Editor in November of 2015 leading and overseeing all editorial content across online, print and the events programme, before leaving in early 2018.

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