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#cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL Cape Town puts focus on resilient communities and citizen-led solutions

Monday, 28 January 2019  
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The adverse shocks and stresses being experienced by people and communities in cities across Africa are becoming fiercer, more complex and more intertwined. Navigating these challenges – and finding long-lasting solutions – requires a broad-based societal commitment to co-design solutions that lead to healthier and more resilient African cities and communities.


The #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, now in its second year, is an initiative of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands in South Africa. The festival aims to celebrate and examine the power of design to tackle
current socio-economic and environmental challenges within an African context. The festival is organised in collaboration with The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) and a curatorial committee coordinated by Rashiq Fataar of Our Future Cities.

The first edition of the initiative in 2018, attracted over 150 professionals, academics, activists and
citizens across several events in the city to discuss and share experiences.

The 2019 edition will build on last year’s groundwork, with a focus this year on “ Inspiring Resilience ”. The festival will host South African, African and international speakers who will examine what it means to be a resilient city. It will celebrate globally inspiring, people-led, on-the-ground projects that
demonstrate the achievements of the relentless pursuit of resilience. It will take place on 25 and 26
February 2019 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

“This year’s #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL introduces a platform that welcomes communities to share
their experiences and knowledge, showcasing the value of design-thinking. The shocks and stresses
impacting our cities affect us all,” said Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, Netherlands Consul General.

“It is only through collaboration and open discussion, that our communities will be able to learn from one another, put these learnings into practice and ultimately build resilient cities together.”

According to Rashiq Fataar, Director of Our Future Cities, these adverse shocks and stresses being
experienced by individuals and communities in cities across Africa are becoming fiercer, stronger, more
complex and more intertwined.

“These acute shocks include drought, the threat of fire, flooding, infrastructure failures and power
outages, while persistent and chronic stresses such as crime and violence, climate change, inadequate
public transport systems, unemployment and poverty frame the lived experience of millions. Navigating
these challenges will require a societal commitment to co-design more resilient African cities and
communities,” he said.


Erica Elk, Executive Director of the CDI, said that at its heart the festival is about bringing together people from all walks of life, active citizens who want to share, listen, reflect, learn and inspire new, different and better ways of dealing with the challenges we are facing in our lives and neighbourhoods.

 

“This festival aims to demystify those ‘big words’ – design, design-led processes and design thinking – by showcasing real life local examples of how this can make a difference. We are taking a collaborative
approach, because design can be from citizens, and with citizens.”


Designers, academics, policy makers, activists, entrepreneurs and citizens are invited to this collaborative public forum to learn, engage, network and empower African cities to be resilient. The festival is an opportunity to build relationships, deepen knowledge, and spur collective action. #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL-2019 will spotlight the ordinary everyday activities, host the necessary conversations, and provide skills and information to build stronger and smarter communities and a more resilient future for all.


For more information and to book tickets for the event please visit http://qkt.io/ccdf2019

 


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