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Thursday, March 16, 2023


Hot talent to watch - Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Class of 2023 has just been announced!

Twenty young South Africans from across South Africa have been selected from more than 340 entrants as participants in the prestigious Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme for 2023.

Among the participants chosen, three of them are from Durban Thembi Mthembu, Nokukhanya Zungu and Kamil Adam Hassim.

The purpose of the programme, which is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, is to refine skills and equip participants with tactics to elevate their work to a higher standard and promote it in the marketplace.

For 18 years, the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives platform has successfully launched the careers of gifted creatives, including fashion designer Thebe Magugu, furniture designer Mpho Vackier, jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik, designer and illustrator Daniel Ting Chong, milliner Crystal Birch, and scores of others.

The curator of this, the 18th edition of the programme, is Neo ‘Nene’ Mahlangu, herself former Design Indaba Emerging Creative who has gone on to successfully pave her way as both an artist and entrepreneur. Mahlangu hand-picked the 20 participants from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, including photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, fashion designers and artists. “I’m thrilled to see the calibre of Emerging Creative talent shining in this year’s selection,” she says. “It’s clear that the future of creativity in our country is in capable hands.”

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