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NAIROBI

DESIGN WEEK

2020

DESIGN IS...

...OPEN
INCLUSIVE
ACCESSIBLE
EMPATHETIC
& SENSUAL

But what does that mean?

We’re all touched by design on a daily basis without realising it, and every person solves problems creatively in their own lives. So let’s explore design together!

#DESIGNISFOREVERYONE

NDW2020

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF NAIROBI DESIGN
WEEK!

Every year we focus on a new theme, which starts a number of short and long term projects, and becomes a part of our values. 

The theme for 2020 is “Design is for Everyone!” and we’re fine-tuning our schedule and festival production more than ever. 

Our hub venue this year is Lava Latte (209 Statehouse Road), home to a number of remarkable organisations, including MGM Studios, Igabantu Studios, Kara Kana and more.

FESTIVAL

SCHEDULE

LAUNCH

SUNDAY 8th March: 6pm-9pm

10 female speakers launch the festival and introduce themselves on International Women’s Day.

Speakers will include Tatu Gatere (BuildHer), Abba Arunga (Lava Latte), and more to be announced soon! FREE ENTRY!

AFRIKA DESIGN

MONDAY 9th: 10am-9pm

This year we’re bringing ideas to life, Afrika Design comes back in a totally new format: a LIVE interactive collaboration with the creative community!

The space at Lava Latte (209 Statehouse Road) will be invigorated with creative interventions, turning the outdoor areas, including the basketball court and courtyard, into colourful, vibrant spaces. Socialise, dance and enjoy live entertainment as you get creative and leave a legacy.

You will not only watch it all happen in front of your eyes, you’ll get to collaborate with guest artists, designers and musicians to see it all come together by helping us restore the space and make a music video! FREE ENTRY!

'MADE BY KENYA' TOUR

TUESDAY 10th & WEDNESDAY 11th: All day

To the outside world, creatives can seem like they hide behind closed doors, and at the same time they want more exposure and a better appreciation of what they do. The best way to do this is to see them in their habitat!

Every year, the NDW Community welcomes visitors into multiple creative spaces that organise events and hands-on activities to give an insight into their work.

Organise an ‘open day’ event & activity which will be promoted to the NDW Community. This can be an entire day (or two!), with shorter, scheduled activities, such as a demonstration, creative workshop or exhibition launch, which you can charge for.

This year’s 2 day experience will bring visitors to places they’ve been meaning to go, and ones they may have never heard of. Visitors can participate for FREE

This year’s #NDWTour has already confirmed:

  • BuildX Studio
  • Pallet Cafe
  • Lava Latte (209 Statehouse Road)

See below for Juan de Lascurain’s experience of the 2018 Community Tour.

TUESDAY 10th & WEDNESDAY 11th: All day

We are also partnering with Sandstorm Kenya to give a limited number of people the opportunity to get on the #DesignMatatu, where they’ll spend a day visiting behind the scenes at featured stops.

As a featured stop during one of the #DesignMatatu tours, you’ll get to welcome a group of visitors, share your process and gift a souvenir. (Limited spaces for stops & visitors. Apply early.)

The format will be slightly different to the #DesignMatatu we ran with Thinkplace Kenya in 2016. Check out the video below by Katie G Nelson to see what they got up to! ADMISSION PAID. TICKETS COMING SOON!

MOVIE NIGHT

WEDNESDAY 11th: 7pm-9:30pm

Screening schedule to be announced! Got something that needs to be shown? Let us know!

  • Trailers
  • Short features & Animations
  • Main Feature

FREE MIND SESSIONS

THURSDAY 12th: 6-10pm

Have a design story to share? This is the place!

Share your anecdotes, challenges and questions within a respectful environment, where everyone can grab the mic and contribute.

Co-chaired by Nyacomba ‘Jonas’ Githu and Lindsay Obath, this is always a very popular event.

Panelists to be announced soon!

CAREERS IN DESIGN

THURSDAY 12th & FRIDAY 13th: 2-5pm

PART 1: 10×10 & Future Showcase: Ten exciting, young designers & creatives will present their work, with many others joining them in exhibiting .

PART 2: Meet & Learn: Hands-on sessions with industry mentors, an opportunity to ask questions, get feedback and learn how to forge a career in the creative industries!

FREE ENTRY!

EXHIBITION

ALL WEEK

The festival will host multiple exhibits from the community, exhibited around 209 Statehouse Rd. FREE ENTRY!

  • THE BLIND PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
  • #LABELLEDHUMAN
  • CAREERS IN DESIGN (student & high school works)
  • 5 YEARS OF NDW EXHIBIT
  • FACE-ING URBAN AFRICA (Aisha Mugo)
  • BRING YOUR OWN EXHIBIT!
  • THE URBAN RESIDENCY SEE THE DESIGNS! (KLI x NDW)
  • SIMBA SMILE 3D PRINTED ORTHODONTICS
  • & MORE!