World Design Capital 2014 awarding projects in the Mother City

Shanaaz Abrahams

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  Cape Town being this year’s World Design Capital, The World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) launched exciting projects and initiatives during the year. Eight pitch sessions were hosted for the first eight months of 2014 which highlighted projects driven and founded by young people. The non-profit organisation Cape Town Design NPC and the young entrepreneurs […]

 

WDC 2014 awarding projects and changing lives
WDC 2014 awarding projects and changE lives

Cape Town being this year’s World Design Capital, The World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) launched exciting projects and initiatives during the year. Eight pitch sessions were hosted for the first eight months of 2014 which highlighted projects driven and founded by young people. The non-profit organisation Cape Town Design NPC and the young entrepreneurs marketplace, Thundafund, awarded R10 000 to one project per session that best recognises society’s needs in various parts of Cape Town. The initial idea behind Design Capital projects was to look for creative ways that bind communities. All project owners pitched their ideas to a panel of potential funders, some mentors and collaborators under the banner of “Live Design. Transform Life”.

“All the ideas were great which made it difficult awarding only one project at each session. However, there were a number of projects that received funding through the Thundafund crowd funding campaigns,” said Priscilla Urquhart, the PR and media manager of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

Below are some of the projects that were awarded at pitch sessions that took during the year:

The Hands of Honour – Regeneration of City and Soul project was awarded for their idea of revamping unused buildings and creating clean, safe, and productive spaces that are used for running job training programmes to former homeless people, gang members and drug addicts. This is an ongoing initiative that takes place on the Cape Flats, in the Retreat, Steenberg and Lavender Hill areas.

Creative Codes was also awarded for their skill development programmes in a more local world of computer and game design. Creative Codes focuses on providing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a platform that equips them with the necessary skills for a technology-driven future. The project gives programming lessons in Khayelitsha every Friday afternoon.

The SoundWaves for Change, with its unique way of spreading socially conscious messages through music, was also one of the nominees. A group of poets, deejays, rappers, and musicians from Masiphumelele are working together to have an old shipping container modified into a mobile performance stage. This mobile stage will be used to provide young people with life skills, mentorship programmes, and HIV education on various occasions around the Mother City.

The Muizenberg Festival 2014, which aims to showcase dedication to collaborative, and creative community-led changes, was also awarded for their winning pitch. The Muizenberg Festival takes place in October as a celebration of the businesses, people, projects and organisations that came together to work on and develop the area’s mix of potential and sustainability.

Creative Codes team member posing with young learners
Creative Codes team member posing with young learners

Now that pitch sessions have come to an end, events and project managers are in full swing of setting dates that continue to provide that creative platform for a lasting legacy. These are some of the events to look out for:

On Saturday, 30 August, the Book Dash, in partnership with Rock Girl will be launching 10 biographies of iconic South African women in celebration of Women’s Month at the Cape Town Central Library.

As part of First Thursdays, on the 4th of September, the WDC Pop-up Space is hosting an informal Pow-Wow session, encouraging everyone to use that space as a networking station. During the course of September, more events are scheduled to take place at the Pop-up Space.

The 7th SA Innovation Summit is scheduled to take place between the 16th – 18th September at the Cape Town Stadium.

From the 5th to the 25th October, Triennale Design Museum will be hosting the New Italian Design Exhibition at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. This is a traveling exhibition that aims at sharing skills, technical know-how by valuing and promoting Italian creativity.

From the 8th to the 12th October, the Shnit International Short Film Festival will be hosted at various locations in Cape Town, at the Pulp and Cinema  and Stellenbosch.

For more information on any events taking place around Cape Town, be sure to visit the World Design Capital website.

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All images from the Wold Design Capital site