Virtual Festival
27 - 31 October 2020

Given vast changes in everyday life, Open Design Afrika (ODA) is stepping up to the challenge through presenting its 8th annual, and first fully virtual festival. The anticipated event which is themed “Rise Afrika Rise” will run from 27 – 31 October, and is recommitting to its mission to use the power of humanity, creativity and design to create change, and increase Afrikan pride and value, effect systemic change and ignite and unlock new Afrikan potential, ideas, solutions and aspirations for a thriving Afrika.

Despite being a digital offering, the ODA 2020 programme which is sponsored by the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the V&A Waterfront and in association with SMILE 90.4 FM will be as robust as in previous years. The 5-day festival will live stream daily from different locations at the V&A Waterfront, and include activities and events focused around key themed days, namely: Afrika is Rising Day, Global Inspiration Day, Future-ready Skills with Heads, Hands and Hearts Day, Afrikan Stories Day and Family Makers Day.

General access tickets are free; however, registration is compulsory to gain access to the livestream portal. WIFI will also be made available by TooMuch Wifi at selected venues in Cape Town to create further accessibility to marginalised communities. Other ODA partners like KNUST in Ghana and Ambitious Africa will livestream the event to various Afrikan countries. These venue details will be made available closer to the time.

Geared towards ODA’s “pledge to design a better world” the 2020 festival promises attendees and participants workshops, demonstrations and critical discussions about the present, the future, and the disruption, hacking, skills and resources required to bridge them.

The programme and list of contributors and inspirators will be available in early October. Follow Open Design Afrika on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for festival updates and registration details. Registration also available on Eventbrite.

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ODA’s first virtual festival: “RISE AFRIKA RISE”

27 October: Afrika is Rising Day

28 October: Global Inspiration Day

29 October: Future-ready Skills with Heads, Hands & Hearts (Education Day)

30 October: Afrikan Stories – Open Day

31 October: Family Makers Day



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