Host City

The Open Design Afrika Festival has grown from strength to strength since our first event in 2013. This has been in large part due to the support of our sponsors and partners whose generosity and commitment have helped to grow the Open Design community of change agents.  As the host city and home of Open Design, Cape Town is in a unique position to take design-led innovation forward owing to its numerous design-related designations i.e. World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) and UNESCO Design City (a first in Afrika) as well as hosting of many other international events.


Message of support from the
Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town


On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to express my gratitude to the organisers of Open Design Cape Town for hosting the festival again this year.

For a fifth year, Open Design will allow Capetonians and visitors to enjoy some of the best sites Cape Town has to offer including our iconic City Hall where we are currently busy with some exciting upgrades.

Visitors to the festival will get to explore our the many diverse offerings in Cape Town with festival tours, workshops, pop-up activations and interactive experiences that look into how design relates to achieving a sustainable society.

During our tenure as World Design Capital in 2014, we celebrated the immense value the creative industry and design-led thinking brings to building a world class city.

We are excited that initiatives such as Open Design continue to build on the legacy of World Design Capital and showcase what Cape Town has to offer.

This is done while also inspiring and empowering young people to make a difference in their communities and make positive contributions to improving society.

The City of Cape Town is proud to support Open Design as it brings together people from different backgrounds and cultures for a common purpose, something which is part of our values in building an Inclusive City.

We trust that this year’s festival will be enjoyed by many and may we continue to build on the good work where we use design to transform lives. Let us continue getting on with showing the world why we are the events capital of Africa to build on the successes of this festival so that we can enjoy it for many years to come. Thank you for choosing Cape Town, enjoy the festival. Enjoy design.

Patricia de Lille

Executive Mayor