Design Indaba Emerging Creatives 2018 entries now open

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This is a call to all young South Africans using their love for all things creative to build businesses and create sustainable design.
Since 2005, the Department of Arts & Culture and Design Indaba have been empowering emerging creatives, offering them a platform and also helping to open doors for them into the industry. Our finalists have proven, over the years, that they have what is required to take South Africa's economy forward.
The Emerging Creatives programme is a developmental platform for young creatives who have relatively little industry exposure. The Emerging Creatives programme was established 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.
Entries for the 2018 programme are now open for the next intake. We're looking for 40 finalists.
They will get the opportunity to not only exhibit their work with us but to also be part of major networking opportunities that will place their brand and image in front of industry greats at the Design Indaba Festival in 2018.
In addition to the 40 finalists, a selection of finalists will be chosen to exhibit in their hometown - as part of the Extended class - at Design Indaba Simulcast venues in Johannesburg and Durban.
Applications need to be submitted no later than midnight 15 November 2017.
Extended class applications will be considered until 15 November 2017.
For more information please contact:
Meagan Poole
021 465 9966
About Design Indaba: 
Established in 1995 with its globally acclaimed Design Indaba Conference, the Design Indaba brand has evolved into a multidisciplinary platform that champions all of the creative sectors. The annual Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town now also includes the highly popular Emerging Creatives programme, Most Beautiful Object in SA, Design Indaba FilmFest, Music Circuit, multiple Simulcast versions of the Conference in cities around South Africa, and other special events.