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.

27 OCT Open Streets

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON WHEN THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!

26 OCT Montebello Design Centre Walkabout

COME AND JOIN US! Tessa Graaff, managing director of Montebello…

26 OCT Impilo Yabantu Market

Impilo Yabantu Market is a monthly market held in Khayelitsha…

26 OCT Bo-Kaap Architecture Culture Connect

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

25 OCT Creative Mornings

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

24 OCT SHAPE: A Multidisciplinary, Collaborative Learning Experience

SHAPE is a multidisciplinary, collaborative creative problem-solving…

23-24 OCT Architectural Open Studios

Open Studios returns to Cape Town once again, with architecture…

23 OCT Design: time of uncertainty democracy

Seminar 3: 16.00 - 18.00 

Design: time of uncertainty democracy

Design…

23-27 OCT: 3hr Township Walking Tour

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

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 Master class on Adaptive Management

Climate change, urbanisation, rapid technological change and…

23-27 City-Wide Activation

Host your own event as part of the festival programme
Since…

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 Construction of 3 Dimensional Solids Using 4D Frame

The Platonic Solids and the Mathematics of the Soccer Ball

The…

22 OCT ODA STEAM Education Day

In 2017 Open Design Afrika (ODA) hosted the very first STEAM…

21 OCT ODA Wetopia Inspiration Day

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

Are…

20 OCT Black Filmmakers Film Event

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

19 OCT EcoBrick and EcoBlock Furniture Maker Sessions

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

19-20 OCT ODA Family Makers Weekend

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

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 OCT EcoBrick and EcoBlock Furniture Maker Sessions

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

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

HOW LOCAL LEGISLATION CAN SUPPORT AND NOURISH PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

We…

19-20 OCT Collaborative Playground Design Workshop

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

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…

18 OCT Human Rights Tattoo Event

DO YOU WANT TO BECOME PART OF THE GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS TATTOO…

2019 INSPIRATORS

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Moderators

2019 INSPIRATORS

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”!

SPONSORS