Resilient communities and citizen-led solutions

Designers, academics, policy makers, activists, entrepreneurs and citizens are invited to this collaborative public forum to learn, engage, network and empower African cities to be resilient. The festival is an opportunity to build relationships, deepen knowledge, and spur collective action. #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL-2019 will spotlight the ordinary everyday activities, host the necessary conversations, and provide skills and information to build stronger and smarter communities and a more resilient future for all.

The two-day conference runs from the 25th - 26th February 2019 at the V&A Waterfront. Monday the 25th February is a full day conference, and Tuesday the 26th February is a day of masterclasses. Speakers are from South Africa, Africa and abroad, and the festival encourages interaction and engagement to #cocreate a more resilient future.



Even though our countries differ, there are many parallels in the public and cultural debates on identity, integration and transformation. Our long term cultural policy is therefore focused on co-creating cultural interventions to build mutual understanding and trust.

Our mission is to promote inclusive economic growth and support Dutch businesses by strengthening entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral cooperation in South Africa.