The #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL is a new initiative of The Netherlands Consulate General which aims to celebrate and examine the power of design to tackle current socio-economic and environmental challenges within an African context. In collaboration with The Craft and Design Institute and Future Cape Town, the first edition of the initiative will be hosted under the theme “Beyond the Crisis.” The festival will take place 22 - 24 February 2018 in the East City of the Cape Town CBD.
At present, our society is faced with growing inequalities and the severe pressure the planet faces under the weight of environmental stress. With the global population projected to grow by 2.2 billion people, and more than half of the population living in Africa, 60% of whom live in urban areas; how can we make cities on the continent work better now and in the future for all of its citizens?
In the past four years we were fortunate to be a part of multiple projects through our national campaign #cocreateSA. What I find is that the best solutions come from society at large and citizen activists who know what is required and how to make it happen. This festival celebrates what has been achieved and works towards doing more. By sharing and collaborating, we can co-create a world beyond the current challenges. We are currently at a turning point in how we choose to move forward. Through this initiative, we would like to understand how we as a collective can overcome egos, outdated economic models, social divides and a cycle of no progress; to tackle the water, food and mobility challenges in South Africa and Africa— Rashiq Fataar, Chief Curator of the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL-2018 and Director of Future Cape Town