2019 FESTIVAL

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Since its inception in 2013 Open Design has hosted 523 events. This includes over 100 education related events; 111 workshops and master classes to improve skills; 159 talks featuring 795 local and international change-makers, innovators and entrepreneurs; 53 exhibitions; 150 networking events and has supported and showcased more than 300 small, medium and micro-enterprises.  

At Open Design we believe that innovation, education and community are the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous society. Design is the unifying thread that links the building blocks and solutions to develop a better future world. One of Cape Town’s most dynamic design and innovation events, the Open Design Festival brings these concepts together. The 10-day programme takes place across various venues in different communities across the City of Cape Town creating cross-cultural experiences that inspire social cohesion and nation building.

2019 FESTIVAL Events

The festival programme is curated to feature events and experiences that are relevant for people from all walks of life who want to learn new skills and more about the possibilities and opportunities to get involved and help drive change in our society and diverse communities.

18 OCT Human Rights Tattoo Event

ARE YOU AN AMBASSADOR FOR HUMAN RIGHTS? DO YOU WANT TO BECOME…

19-20 OCT ODA Wetopia Community Activations

Open Design Afrika (ODA) is very proud to launch the first ODA…

19-20 OCT ‘Waste Washing’_ The realities (and potential) of working with waste

This year 'the MAAK' have teamed up with 'Our Workshop' and 'Amy…

19-20 OCT AfrikaBurn pendulum and mutant vehicles

AfrikaBurn is a transformation invent in the Tankwa desert. It…

19-20 OCT MyWoodSkills Makers Space

Come discover how easy it is to build cupboards, We will be demonstrating…

19-20 OCT ODA Family Makers Weekend

The ODA Family Makers Weekend will be hosted by the Open Design…

19 OCT Disassembly STEAM Workshops

Bring your kids along to this brilliant DISASSEMBLY workshop,…

19-20 OCT Design Your Future with VEGA Workshops

VEGA is offering a workshop series especially for learners who…

19-20 OCT Makers & Shakers 2019 Collection

For the first MAKERS & SHAKERS of the "Greater Good" Collection…

19-20 OCT CPUT Design Workshops

CURRENTLY IN HIGH SCHOOL? DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS?

19 OCT Cape Town Repair Café

Bring your electrical appliances, electronics, power tools, etc.…

19-20 OCT Drone flying, coding and building workshop

OVERVIEW
Inspire Africa will offer drone flying, coding and…

19 OCT SEMINAR 1 & 2: Cape Town as a Democratic Common

HOW LOCAL LEGISLATION CAN SUPPORT AND NOURISH PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

See…

19-20 OCT ODA 2019 Makers Market

LET'S DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! THIS IS AN "ACTIVE" MAKERS MARKET

The…

19 OCT Sensory Workshop

Come and join us for a wonderful experience and a "makers" workshop…

19-20 OCT Bag & Sewing Workshop for Beginners

Join our I Scream & Red makers at the Open Design Afrika…

19-20 OCT Collaborative Playground Design Workshop

Join See Saw Do for a collaborative design workshop! We'll be…

19 OCT EcoBrick and EcoBlock Furniture Maker Sessions

READY FOR LOADS OF FUN? We have evolved and will have Maker Kits…

19 OCT LEGO FUN WITH SiX BRICKS

REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS WORKSHOP:

Especially for parents and…

19-20 OCT Calder for Kids

FREE / R150 PP - see options further below

Inspired by the…

19-20 OCT Calming Kit Maker Space

Join our Maker Space to create calming corners for preschool…

19 OCT Robot Rescue

Robot Rescue hosted by Parklands College

4 WORKSHOP SLOTS…

19 OCT E-Waste art and Stopmotion Animation workshop

Creative E-Waste Art session building props, characters etc.…

20 OCT Science Action workshop

Science Action workshop come learn the basics of science and…

20 OCT Gear Up Future-Proof Experience

TIME TO MEET OUR LIFE SIZE BATTLE BOT! You've read about many…

20 OCT Black Filmmakers Film Event

Very happy to announce that BFFF will return to the Open Design…

20 OCT Mask Making workshop

COME AND HAVE LOADS OF FUN! Mask making with a difference! This…

21 OCT ODA Wetopia Inspiration Day

DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING DAY OF INSPIRATION AND SHARING!

Are…

22 OCT ODA STEAM Education Day

BOOK YOUR SEATS HERE  Limited seats available for the talks…

22 OCT Construction of 3 Dimensional Solids Using 4D Frame

The Platonic Solids and the Mathematics of the Soccer Ball

The…

22 OCT STEAM Workshop: Have fun with 2D tiling patterns and link Art and Maths

Join us for a hands-on 2- dimensional tessellations workshop…

22 OCT The Silo District Art, Design and Sustainability Walking Tour

GET BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE ART & DESIGN…

23-27 City-Wide Activation Programme

CITY-WIDE ACTIVATION PROGRAMME: Bookings are essential. Please…

23 OCT Master class on Adaptive Management

Climate change, urbanisation, rapid technological change and…

23 OCT Master Class on Resource Efficiency through Industrial Symbiosis

The purpose of this master class is to create awareness on resource…

23 OCT Master Class on Experiential Learning and Reflection

The value of processes in unlocking transformative change. This…

23 OCT ODA Wetopia Master Classes

What a fantastic opportunity that does not come around often!…

23-27 OCT: 3hr Township Walking Tour

We cannot wait to host you! Experience the history; experience…

23-27 OCT Woodstock Street Art Walk Experience

Woodstock is a community filled with astonishing artistic beauty…

23 OCT Design: time of uncertainty democracy

Wetopia Seminar 3: 16.00 - 18.00 

Design: time of uncertainty…

23 OCT Architectural Open Studios

Open Studios returns to Open Design Afrika Festival and to Cape…

23 OCT Turning Your Fears Into Learnings | Future Females Cape Town

Join us for an evening of networking, learning, and inspiration…

24 OCT SHAPE: A Multidisciplinary, Collaborative Learning Experience

SHAPE is a multidisciplinary, collaborative creative problem-solving…

24 OCT Octopus Farm Spring Tour

Walking tours will be conducted every half an hour on repeat…

24 OCT Architectural Open Studios

Open Studios returns to Open Design Afrika Festival and to Cape…

24 OCT V&A Waterfront Innovation District Walking Tour

JOIN US FOR A FASCINATING WALKING TOUR OF THE V&A WATERFRONT!…

25 OCT Creative Mornings

Join us for a cup of coffee and a refreshing 20 minute talk featuring…

26 OCT Bo-Kaap Architecture Culture Connect

Walking tour led by Sadiq Toffa, architect, UCT lecturer and…

26 OCT Impilo Yabantu Market

Impilo Yabantu Market is a monthly market held in Khayelitsha…

26 OCT Kids as seeds of change – Samora Machel activation

DEPARTURE POINT: Tsoga Park, Oliver Tambo Dr, Weltevreden Valley…

19-20 OCT ‘Waste Washing’_ The realities (and potential) of working with waste

This year 'the MAAK' have teamed up with 'Our Workshop' and 'Amy…

19-20 OCT MyWoodSkills Makers Space

Come discover how easy it is to build cupboards, We will be demonstrating…

19-20 OCT AfrikaBurn pendulum and mutant vehicles

AfrikaBurn is a transformation invent in the Tankwa desert. It…

19-20 OCT ODA Family Makers Weekend

The ODA Family Makers Weekend will be hosted by the Open Design…

19-20 OCT Makers & Shakers 2019 Collection

For the first MAKERS & SHAKERS of the "Greater Good" Collection…

19 OCT Disassembly STEAM Workshops

Bring your kids along to this brilliant DISASSEMBLY workshop,…

19-20 OCT Design Your Future with VEGA Workshops

VEGA is offering a workshop series especially for learners who…

19-20 OCT CPUT Design Workshops

CURRENTLY IN HIGH SCHOOL? DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS?

19 OCT Cape Town Repair Café

Bring your electrical appliances, electronics, power tools, etc.…

19-20 OCT Drone flying, coding and building workshop

OVERVIEW
Inspire Africa will offer drone flying, coding and…

19 OCT SEMINAR 1 & 2: Cape Town as a Democratic Common

HOW LOCAL LEGISLATION CAN SUPPORT AND NOURISH PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

See…

19-20 OCT Collaborative Playground Design Workshop

Join See Saw Do for a collaborative design workshop! We'll be…

19-20 OCT Calming Kit Maker Space

Join our Maker Space to create calming corners for preschool…

19 OCT Sensory Workshop

Come and join us for a wonderful experience and a "makers" workshop…

19-20 OCT ODA 2019 Makers Market

LET'S DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! THIS IS AN "ACTIVE" MAKERS MARKET

The…

19-20 OCT Bag & Sewing Workshop for Beginners

Join our I Scream & Red makers at the Open Design Afrika…

19 OCT EcoBrick and EcoBlock Furniture Maker Sessions

READY FOR LOADS OF FUN? We have evolved and will have Maker Kits…

19 OCT LEGO FUN WITH SiX BRICKS

REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS WORKSHOP:

Especially for parents and…

19-20 OCT Calder for Kids

FREE / R150 PP - see options further below

Inspired by the…

19 OCT Robot Rescue

Robot Rescue hosted by Parklands College

4 WORKSHOP SLOTS…

19 OCT E-Waste art and Stopmotion Animation workshop

Creative E-Waste Art session building props, characters etc.…

20 OCT Science Action workshop

Science Action workshop come learn the basics of science and…

20 OCT Gear Up Future-Proof Experience

TIME TO MEET OUR LIFE SIZE BATTLE BOT! You've read about many…

20 OCT Black Filmmakers Film Event

Very happy to announce that BFFF will return to the Open Design…

20 OCT Mask Making workshop

COME AND HAVE LOADS OF FUN! Mask making with a difference! This…

21 OCT ODA Wetopia Inspiration Day

DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING DAY OF INSPIRATION AND SHARING!

Are…

22 OCT ODA STEAM Education Day

BOOK YOUR SEATS HERE  Limited seats available for the talks…

22 OCT Construction of 3 Dimensional Solids Using 4D Frame

The Platonic Solids and the Mathematics of the Soccer Ball

The…

22 OCT The Silo District Art, Design and Sustainability Walking Tour

GET BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE ART & DESIGN…

22 OCT STEAM Workshop: Have fun with 2D tiling patterns and link Art and Maths

Join us for a hands-on 2- dimensional tessellations workshop…

23 OCT Master class on Adaptive Management

Climate change, urbanisation, rapid technological change and…

23 OCT Master Class on Resource Efficiency through Industrial Symbiosis

The purpose of this master class is to create awareness on resource…

23 OCT Master Class on Experiential Learning and Reflection

The value of processes in unlocking transformative change. This…

23 OCT ODA Wetopia Master Classes

What a fantastic opportunity that does not come around often!…

23-27 OCT: 3hr Township Walking Tour

We cannot wait to host you! Experience the history; experience…

23-27 OCT Woodstock Street Art Walk Experience

Woodstock is a community filled with astonishing artistic beauty…

23 OCT Design: time of uncertainty democracy

Wetopia Seminar 3: 16.00 - 18.00 

Design: time of uncertainty…

23 OCT Architectural Open Studios

Open Studios returns to Open Design Afrika Festival and to Cape…

23 OCT Turning Your Fears Into Learnings | Future Females Cape Town

Join us for an evening of networking, learning, and inspiration…

24 OCT SHAPE: A Multidisciplinary, Collaborative Learning Experience

SHAPE is a multidisciplinary, collaborative creative problem-solving…
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2019 INSPIRATORS FOR 21 OCTOBER

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2019 INSPIRATORS 19 OCTOBER

ODA WETOPIA
INSPIRATION DAY

Are you an active citizen, policymaker, citymaker, social entrepreneur, scientist or athropologist that is serious about creating change? Are you an aspiring changemaker? Are you a “Wetopian” who believes in the power of collaboration and new alliances to create significant change and transformation and making better cities TOGETHER?

Make this your special day! Be inspired by our impressive 2019 collection of international and local “INSPIRATORS” & ‘WETOPIANS”!

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