By Mpofu Sthandile

The #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL takes place in Cape Town on 26 & 27 October 2022 and a free live stream has now been launched for access.

 This year’s #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL, which takes place from 26-27 October in Cape Town, focuses on the vital role that water plays in shaping healthy, equitable, and sustainable blue-green cities for all African citizens. Water-sensitive design practitioners, enthusiasts and citizens from around the world can now follow the festival through its live stream channels.

 With the theme Designing African blue-green cities for allthe festival will explore the design of innovative processes, systems and products that can lead to a more water- secure future, particularly in an African context.

 This year’s #cocreateDESIGN festival celebrates and examines the power of design to address current socio-economic and environmental challenges within an African context. The festival is organised in collaboration with the Craft and Design Institute (CDI). The festival is presented in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Future Water Institute, the City of Cape Town and the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa.

 The two-day festival will bring together academics, policymakers, government officials, water engineers, professionals, civil society members and creative thinkers from the water sector to engage, learn, and spark creative ideas. This festival aims to break down professional silos by encouraging collaboration, enhancing innovation and promoting creative thinking. There will be a free live stream of the festival, which will take place at the Youngblood art gallery in Bree Street, Cape Town.

 “The future of our planet’s natural ecosystem has never been more dependent on the design of better solutions by our human ecosystem of policy-makers, government officials, water engineers and practitioners, the private sector and civil society. In South Africa, the challenges are made so much more complex by the need to address unequal access, and the state of our infrastructure,” said Erica Elk, CEO of CDI.

 Hélène Rekkers, Consul General of the Netherlands in Cape Town, added that the timing of this year’s theme responds to critical challenges presented by climate change. “How do we prepare ourselves for the future as the effects of climate change hit us harder? We need constant focus on continuing discussions about climate change to address its challenges – this requires innovation. Innovation is not only technological; it needs a wholistic approach that includes social innovation, governance and financial changes.”

 Celebrate design excellence at the #cocreate Blue-Green Cities Design Awards

 As part of the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2022, the #cocreate Blue-Green Cities Design Awards have been conceptualised to celebrate inspirational initiatives that represent best practice in terms of water-sensitive design and the transition to water- sensitive cities in South Africa, particularly regarding water quality.

Entries to the awards closed on 10 October 2022 but those interested can book a ticket for the gala awards evening in Cape Town to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and learn more about the finalists’ designs. For more on the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2022 programme, go to

Watch the Festival live on YouTube or Facebook With tickets for the in-venue sessions almost fully booked, a live stream has been launched for the two days:

Day One26 October 2022 between 10:00 and 12:00 – “Water in focus”. Live on YouTube: or Facebook:

Day Two27 October 2022 between 10:00 and 12:00 – “Citizens in focus”. Live on YouTube: or Facebook:


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