Awards & Competitions - in Africa

Emerging Creatives 2018

Africa Design

When: Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, 24 February, 2018 (All day)

Where: The Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town, South Africa


Design Indaba presents the Emerging Creatives Class of 2018 in an exhibition that showcases the talents of our local rising design stars.

Supporting the next generation of creative talents and providing young designers a platform has become integral to the Design Indaba platform. It’s the driving tenet of the annual Emerging Creatives programme.

Together with our partners at the Department of Arts and Culture, we curate 60 top rising stars in the creative industries, from young designers under the age of 30 to recent graduates in any creative discipline.

At the annual Design Indaba Festival, we showcase their work in an exhibition that’s on for the duration of the Conference and open to the public over that week. 40 of our Emerging Creatives from around the country are given the opportunity to exhibit at the festival in Cape Town, and an additional 20 young designers exhibit at satellite exhibitions in their home cities.

Support local talent and visit the Emerging Creatives 2018 exhibition. Our young designers will be at the festival too and available for a meet and greet at their exhibition stands.

Meet some of the Emerging Creatives class of 2017: 


The Emerging Creatives programme is a developmental platform for young creatives who have relatively little industry exposure. Design Indaba established the Emerging Creatives programme in 2005 because of a strong belief in nurturing this new creative talent and knocking down the barriers to entry for those just getting started. With the fundamental changes in the media landscape and the local design industry, we have endeavoured to make the programme even more relevant in the South African context. Architects, fashion designers, illustrators, furniture designers or jewellers – all sectors are welcome and participants are selected based on the quality and originality of their work and its ability to stand alongside world-class designs.

The programme provides the opportunity to be inspired by the best designers in the world and the selected participants will get to meet leaders in the local and international design industry. Their work will be showcased to retail buyers and media nationally and internationally, and the programme gives support, mentorship and guidance in how to manage and grow small businesses.

The 2018 Emerging Creatives programme will be two-tiered, which will have a wider national footprint and which will also allow more creatives to participate in varying capacities.


DESIGN-INDABADesign Indaba inspires and empowers people to create a better future through design and creativity. We are an online publication ( with an annual Festival and social impact do tank.

Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the global creative landscape, based on the foundation of our annual Festival that has attracted and showcased the world’s brightest talent since 1995. We have broadened our through-the-year offering with our online design publication that features the best of the world’s creativity and attracts over half a million visitors each year. Through these channels we champion noteworthy design, facilitate and produce creative projects, support creative businesses and run educational initiatives.


For further information

For further information about the Emerging Creatives, visit the Official Website.

Emerging Creatives 2018
The Artscape Theatre Centre,Cape Town,South Africa
Starting on
21 February, 2018
Ending on
24 February, 2018
Design Indaba presents the Emerging Creatives Class of 2018 in an exhibition that showcases the talents of our local rising design stars.

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