Open Design Cape Town 2013
83 St Johns Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
OPEN DESIGN Cape Town is not just another design festival, but a platform to open peoples minds to the possibilities of design, not only to function as a core element within social, cultural and economic contexts, but also in the way it can engage and form part of everyday life. “Open Design Cape Town is a grass roots movement concerned with the ways in which design can engage directly with the man on the street,” explains Y Tsai, creative director for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town and founder of Tsai Design Studio. “It is also a call to action for the design community to share their creative skills to help solve some of our most pressing social issues.” By creating an environment in which anyone can share their ideas, OPEN DESIGN Cape Town is creating a multitude of channels through which to demystify design and rather celebrate our design culture through the lenses of various design academies, professional bodies, industry initiatives and individuals. And with Cape Town being World Design Capital 2014, this is the perfect city to launch the inaugural event. Be Open and Share To ensure that the events taking place during OPEN DESIGN Cape Town echoed the ethos on which the festival was founded, the theme of “Design is for Sharing” was chosen, and at the heart of OPEN DESIGN Cape Town is the people who are willing to participate. The theme aims to create an educational, informative and inclusive festival encouraging design practitioners, managers, media, students, educators and any member of public to share their design. It’s through the sharing of design that we wish to demonstrate the transformative power of design through celebrating design, talking about it, reflecting on it and engaging with it. As Sune Stassen, City Hall and education programme manager for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town and founder of Rock City Foundation says, “To be truly open about design means to include, share, educate and empower all who want to participate. Because we are working towards building a more sustainable future, the ability to successfully collaborate and share knowledge becomes some of the key building blocks towards this realizing this future.