Are you a budding creative with a polished portfolio, looking to get your foot in the door? Then the Design Indaba annual Emerging Creatives programme is the door on which to be knocking.

By now you may be familiar with the following names: Laduma Ngxokolo of leading fashion label MaXhosa by Laduma, Katherine-Mary Pichulik of accessories brand Pichulik, Mapitso Thaisi of Basotho-inspired activewear brand ShweShweKini, and renowned ceramicist Andile Dyalvane. Their careers were all catapulted by this programme, which has been running for 14 years now – and 2019 could be your moment.

Design Indaba emerging creatives applications now open


Applications for the Emerging Creatives Class of 2019 are now open and will close at midnight on 10 September 2018. Unestablished designers from any sector – architecture, fashion, illustration, furniture design, art, jewellery, film and the like – are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Participants are selected by a curator based on the quality and originality of their portfolio.

Design Indaba emerging creatives applications now open


A total of 40 young designers from across the country will be selected to exhibit their work at the Design Indaba in Cape Town, set to take place from Wednesday 27 February 2019 to Friday 1 March 2019. Participating young creatives will be supported with return flights to Cape Town from their home city, accommodation for the duration of the event, a pre-exhibition workshop on marketing their products and services, tickets to attend the Design Indaba Simulcast, a profile on in the Designer Directory, as well as extensive media exposure. A further 10 young creatives will be chosen to exhibit at the Design Indaba Johannesburg Simulcast to be held at LISOF over the same dates.

Submit your applications here.

If you express your artistry through the creation of premium cocktails, there’s an entire competition tailored just for you. For the first time ever, savvy South African mixologists are invited to compete in the prestigious Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition.

Calling all mixologists to enter the Opihr bartending competition


You’re invited to submit a bold and unique cocktail recipe that transcends borders, cities and cultures, using a local ingredient that complements Opihr. The mixologists behind the most inspiring recipes will be invited to a live South African final to share their creation and story with judges, influencer mixologist Mmiso Luphondo, photographer and film director Justice Mukheli and last year’s global winner from Chicago, Aaron Pollack.

The winner of the regional round will then be sent to vibrant Istanbul, all expenses paid, to compete in the global final alongside 10 international competitors for the title of The Spirit of Opihr.

How to enter:

Entrants must upload a picture of their cocktail to Instagram accompanied by the story behind it, tag @Opihrgin, use the hashtag #OpihrWorld and geotag the city they are in. It’s that simple.

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