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Merchant House (V&A HQ - 19 Dock Road)
Merchant House (V&A HQ - 19 Dock Road)
24 Oct

Join Open Design Afrika Festival, Musgrave Gin & the  V&A Waterfront for exciting walking tours every half hour from 16:00 – 19:00 on the 24th October.

This 500 square meter Urban Farm was built using the equivalent of 269000 chip packets. It forms part of the V&A Waterfront and Musgrave Spirits Corporate Social Responsibility and provides fresh organic vegetables for two beneficiaries – Ladles of Love and The Homestead. Find out how we did it when you join for a walking tour!

The garden was designed in the shape of an octopus in order to raise awareness to marine protection. After a two year period it might have to move to a different part of the Waterfront, just as an octopus would move around a rock pool.

The garden was designed by Ian Dommisse, metal features by the Maker Station, initial plant installation by Elements Landscaping and maintained by SEED Community SA’s graduate Mike Mberi.s

GREAT ADDED EXPERIENCE: Expect a refreshment bar serving beverages which will require some foraging from our garden to accompany the cocktail.

MEETING POINT: Behind V&A Head office (Merchant House, 19 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront) between Dock Road and Portswood Road.


Open Design Afrika Festival is a collaborative platform that’s driven to build capacity through creativity in Afrika. The festival creates and uses exciting learning experiences, design-led innovation and tech as well as cross-cultural experiences to engage and excite people from all walks of life about the power and impact of creativity and to participate while having loads of “fun”! This is a festival that reaches beyond the creative industries. It excites the youth, bridges silos and partner with various other sectors to help build a more prosperous ecosystem and value chain aimed at building a better future world.

Since its inception in 2013 Open Design has hosted 523 events. This includes over 100 education related events; 111 workshops and master classes to improve skills; 159 talks featuring 795 local and international change-makers, innovators and entrepreneurs; 53 exhibitions; 150 networking events and has supported and showcased more than 300 small, medium and micro-enterprises.  

One of Cape Town’s most dynamic design and innovation events, the Open Design Afrika Festival is a 10-day event that takes place from 18 – 27 October at various venues in different communities across the City of Cape Town that inspire social cohesion and nation building.

More about the festival here:

To see the festival’s calendar of events go here

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM


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