Design Indaba Conference & Festival 2018

The future of creative thinking and design activism

Experience the world's leading creative currency that's driving design for a better world with Design Indaba's iconic annual conference.

The Design Indaba conference, taking place from 21-2 February 2018, is going beyond design to create a multi-sensory event where you can hear, see, learn and experience the future of creative thinking and design activism. Awarded as the Best Conference in the World, Design Indaba aims to make a positive impact on society by building a movement that attracts producers of meaningful culture and business, regardless of sector or industry.

The first three confirmed speakers of the substantial 2018 panel include celebrated and prolific spatial designer Morag Myerscough who most recently reimagined the interior of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre cafe in London. Dutch landscape architect Peter Veenstra, co-founder of LOLA Architects, created the Adidas Campus headquarters in Germany and is bringing his structural genius to the Design Indaba stage. The third confirmed speaker is Cannes Lions award-winning filmmaker Sunu Gonera who hails from Zimbabwe and whose work tells authentic African stories, as seen in the music video he created for Khuli Chana.

With three full days of engaging speakers, exhibitions and a film- and music festival, the 2018 conference is set to amaze, uplift and motivate delegates to find new ways in which to design a better world.

Taking place in conjunction with the world-renowned Design Indaba Conference, the annual Design Indaba Festival 2018 will run from 21 - 24 February 2018 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. An experiential wonderland of live music, films, Chefs Table dinners, performances and exhibitions, the Design Indaba Festival encompasses the Design Indaba’s longstanding annual Film Festival, Nightscapes Music Festival, and exhibitions such as the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) and the Emerging Creatives Programme. New to the festival in 2018 are pop-up restaurants featuring renowned Chefs and stand-alone performances by headline acts.

Simulcast versions of the conference will take place in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom and Namibia.


  • Design Indaba Conference and Simulcast
  • Most Beautiful Object in South Africa exhibition
  • Emerging Creatives exhibition
  • Film Festival
  • Nightscapes Music Festival
  • Shopping, Food & Refreshments and much more…..


Dates : Tuesday, 20 February to Saturday, 24 February 2018

Times : Please refer to ticket website to confirm times for each event time

Venue : Artscape Theatre Complex, Cape Town

Tickets : for each event , tickets are sold separately online at for the conference 

              and at for simulcasts and festival tickets

Prices  : Tickets will be sold per individual event. Prices are between R500 and R8300

While the Design Indaba Conference will run from 21 February 2018 to 23 February 2018, and Nightscape at Design Indaba will run from 22 February to 24 February, we're also offering a special, free-to-the-public evening on 20 February.

It's your chance to see our exhibitions, shop at curated stores, get a taste of the Nightscape experience and more

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