South Africa is alive with creativity in the month of February. As the country’s design heart, Cape Town is a compelling destination for art / craft lovers thanks to its dynamic and diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty. Here’s a taste of what you can experience …
The Cape Town Art Fair, the leading art fair on the African continent, showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of cutting edge innovation, bringing contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town.
Design Indaba Festival takes its annual celebration of creativity across a variety of formats to five South African cities. It champions emerging creatives to finding ingenious contextual solutions to society’s vexing challenges, inspires others to follow suit and empowers the local creative economy.
Design Indaba yesterday awarded Laduma Ngxokolo’s shawl the coveted title of Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA), chosen out of 10 other nominations picked by influential South African cultural commentators.
Ngxokolo is the founder and designer behind MaXhosa, a fashion label that uses traditional Xhosa beadwork motifs and patterns to celebrate the rich heritage of Xhosa culture. The shawl was designed as a part of Ngxokolo’s autumn/winter 2016 collection. It is unisex. Ngxokolo set tongues wagging at home and abroad after he showcased his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy.(See pictures above).
THAT ART FAIR, an initiative of Art Africa magazine, is a vibrant multi-platform art fair event presenting ‘Fresh Art From Africa’, via a programme of African film, video, talks and workshops around the city.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) gala heightens anticipation about the not-too-far-off opening of the continent’s game-changing museum of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora in the V&A Waterfront, that is emerging through the architectural hands of Thomas Hedderwick. So watch this space ….
I urge you to book now for next summer’s annual creative offerings. It’s also harvest season in the Cape, with sizzling, summer days and all the delicious bounty that a Mediterranean climate brings to the table and to your glass. What more reason do your need to head south?