A platform to bridge social gaps

2016-08-04 06:00

Dine with Khayelitsha, a collaboration with a Dutch design team and Langa residents and the Black Film Festival are three of the 140 events taking place during the Open Design Cape Town festival, which runs from 10 to 21 August.

While some festival events are ticketed, the majority of events are free for the public to attend.

The 12-day Festival includes talks, exhibitions, workshops, tours, activations and interactive experiences that explore how design and innovation can be used to add great value to our daily lives.

The Festival takes place in two stages, with events, expos and workshops at Cape Town City Hall from 10-16 August and citywide activations from 17-21 August. Open Design is open to everyone, whether they are new to design or already see design and innovation as critical to designing a better future world.

A key highlight of this year’s festival is ‘Mapping the city – A creative approach to Langa’, a collaboration of the dynamic team from andrewsegen in the Netherlands with designers and students from ‘Brothers for all’ in Langa. Together they will explore the Langa community for one week (Monday 8 - Friday 12 August) and during this time participants will develop their own themes, concepts and visions for Langa based on social issues, personal experiences and its unique visual language.

Design thinking, design skills and public participation will be tools and drivers for this collaboration and will be used as the methodology to explore, analyze, visualize and re(act) on the neighbourhood’s life and its people. The outcome of the week’s project will be an online and offline magazine showcasing all the results. The participants will also have the opportunity to present their findings and projects to their community.

Dine with Khayelitsha, which takes place on Friday 19 August, is another social change making project, which acts as a platform to bridge the gap between townships and cities through setting conversational diners that are driven by different themes, ranging from social issues, entrepreneurship to change within townships. They do this by hosting dinners in different households. Through all of this they offer local and international guests and local township residents a lifetime experience of unity and a platform for them to learn and teach one another. In short: sharing great conversations complimented by African cuisine. Catering is overseen by a professional chef from Kubu restaurant and local artists deliver live performances.

This year Open Design is also hosting emerging filmmakers, performers and creatives at the Black Film Festival in City Hall on Sunday 14 August at 3pm. The Film Festival will include the screening of six short films from the City of Colour project in partnership with SAE Institute South Africa, followed by a final Q&A about the project. The afternoon will also showcase the immense talent of the creatives involved in the project and include live performances by Andy Makhosi and Khayelitsha’s Ayol Ayanda Magebe.

Other key events in the City Hall hub between 10 and 16 August include:

• The annual Talk100 sessions, which pose key questions such as – What qualities do we need in future business leaders and social entrepreneurs? Are we ready for the fourth industrial revolution? What does it take to build a community? Is health the new wealth for our cities? What are the latest tech experiences and how do they impact us? (Thursday 11 August)

• The Designing Careers High School Programme featuring presentations by top tertiary design schools on design-related study and career options, meet, great and learn from an iconic South African designer and other activities to enable learners to appreciate the values and impact of design in everyday life.

• The One Stop Design Shop Tertiary design schools exhibition, which runs for the duration of the festival (11 – 19 August), as well as the Open Day workshops and talks. (Saturday 13 August)

• Opportunities to test the latest tech crazes, including augmented reality and gaming, virtual reality and 3D scanner demonstrations and experiences, which runalternatively between Thursday 11 and Tuesday 16 August. A 24-hour game jam where you can witness game development students hone their craft (Saturday 13 andSunday 14 August).

• Take a journey with The Better Living Challenge exhibition towards design-led innovation for low-income housing. (Thursday 11 to Tuesday 16 August)

For more info and festival programme log onto www.opendesignct.com or follow @opendesignct on Twitter, @opendesignct on Instagram.

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