Thank you for your ongoing support, collaboration, partnership, and creativity in 2018. Our theme this year has been Resource & Community, and that’s where so much of our focus has gone: towards building and being a better platform for creatives to thrive in East Africa.
It’s been a year of collaboration and progress, we’ve learned a lot, worked with and met some incredible people. Below are some of our highlights from 2018, what a fantastic year it has been!
BATA DESIGNERS’ APPRENTICE
Four of Kenya’s upcoming designers took part in a mentorship programme and competition which saw them create some stunning concepts, with the winner’s design going into production with Bata Kenya.
E-WASTE WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCE
Taking part in design workshops with high schoolers emphasised to us how important it is to inspire the next generation of designers while they’re still at school. We’re looking forward to more events like this in future, thank you to Nikola Energy for bringing everyone together!
For the second year in a row, we were invited by the British Council to participate in the Design Connections programme during London Design Festival, which brought together design curators from all corners of the globe, including Uruguay, Brazil, China and Sri Lanka. We have more exciting announcements related to Design Connections coming up in January 2019!
LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE
Inspiration through Creation was a continuation of our work to give refugee creatives a platform, in collaboration with Better Shelter, RefuSHE, Curators without Borders, Sandstorm Kenya, Makers Unite, Salwa Foundation and Vidan Lawnes. The Refugees Pavilion was selected in the top 10 installations at the Biennale by Dezeen.
We also launched the #LabelledHuman campaign, asking people to empathize with refugees and share what they’ve been labelled.
KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP
We had the pleasure of visiting a number of creatives, entrepreneurs and organisations, and gained insights into the amazing work they do and some of the challenges they face. Thank you to Ann McCreath, Hivos, Charity from FilmAid, Istarlin and Maya from Dream Studio Kenya and many others for inspiring us during our stay.
BEIJING DESIGN WEEK
Nairobi Design Week alumni Rina Waligo and Felix Tao attended the International Council of Design (ico-D) Special Meeting, which took place during Beijing Design Week 2018.
Our ongoing collaboration with Dr Timothy Whitehead of Aston University resulted this year in an event and video, featuring AB3D, Digital Blacksmiths, University of Nairobi and others in the 3D printing industry.
We also got to attend some amazing events, some of our highlights include: