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Attendees of the conference can win prizes through innovative app

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The DRD app (iphone/android/blackberry) app is bold and easy to navigate

As one of the country’s leading sponsors of design-related events and initiatives, Absa is once again a headline sponsor of this year’s Design Indaba Conference, taking place from 27 February to 1 March 2013. To promote its sponsorship and drive home its support for the local design community, the bank has adopted an imaginative and creative campaign for the event.

Design Indaba is known for supporting and encouraging creativity that embraces every aspect of the world around us. Absa’s campaign taps directly into this by demonstrating that design is the real backbone of a country’s economy. To communicate this, Absa has repackaged the world of design as a country, the so-called Democratic Republic of Design.

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Get the Design Indaba programme updates through the DRD app

Delegates share inspirational experiences at Design Indaba by tweeting, posting photos and attending lectures. Absa will invite these delegates to become citizens of the Democratic Republic of Design (DRD). The DRD is a virtual country where, above all else, design and inspiration rule. In the DRD, capturing and sharing inspiration has a value, a worth that makes both the citizens and the country as a whole richer.

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Share through social networks and move on up in the rewards programme

Delegates simply need to download the free app to become DRD citizens, and then tweet and post photos about the conference to earn virtual currency – design dollars (D$). These dollars can be spent at the DRD Concept Store. Delegates can also earn D$ for their fellow citizens, by “liking” their tweets and photos.

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DRD President for the day reward

In addition to earning D$, the daily highest earning representative will become president of the DRD and receive a VIP experience that evening for themselves and a friend. The top ten daily highest earning and 10 (randomly selected) representatives will go into the grand prize draw to win an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to Design Indaba 2014.

The DRD app will be available for download at the iStore before Design Indaba gets underway, and while it will have no live-streaming content then, it will be populated with speaker information and profiles, general conference news and programming and information about DRD products that will be on sale.

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DRD app for apple, android and blackberry devices

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Enter the ABSA L’ATELIER ART COMPETITION between 4 and 8 March 2013

The competition is open to young up and coming artists between the ages of 21 and 35, giving them the opportunity to receive recognition for their work and develop their talents abroad.

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The winning artist wins a range of prizes, including cash, as well as a coveted opportunity to study at the Cité Internationale Des Arts in the heart of Paris, where they can develop their talent surrounded by leading artists from across the world. Two merit award winners will be chosen to win prizes of a residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York and at the Sylt Foundation on the Island of Sylt in Germany respectively. There is a fourth prize, sponsored by the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise.

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Emerging artists can find more information and download the entry form, by logging on to: Held annually in partnership with SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts), the Absa L’Atelier art competition is regarded as one of South Africa’s most prestigious and longest running art competitions.

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You are encouraged to prepare your work for entry into the 2013 Absa L’Atelier art competition. It has launched the careers of many South African artists who have become household names on a global level.

Enter the ABSA L’ATELIER ART COMPETITION between 4 and 8 March 2013

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Michelle Okafor has just recently started her own business making african print dresses based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Michelle designer dresses collection is unlike anything it has been in the past. With all new styles, fits, silhouettes and fabrics, Michelle’s designer dresses spans over many different looks including classic and conservative, fashion-forward and trendy as well as simple and stylish.

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Kristin works dives deeper in the shades of art, unique and profound touch in creativity, A Collection of artworks created by Kristin Mento, having experience in illustration, photography, layout design and painting Kristin earned a path to being a Magazine Layout Design Lecturer at Varsity College, Rondebosch, and also working as a freelancer under his artist name, Kris513, Through the Kris513:creative brand, Kristin creates and sells illustrative poster prints, paintings and the most recent addition to the range – unique, affordable designer t-shirts.

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Since before the line was created, Kristin’s aim was to make art accessible to the masses – specifically the younger generations (16 – 25 year-olds), who often don’t have much money to spend on trendy luxuries like art pieces or funky clothing. Kristin wanted to create affordable, good-quality, trendy t-shirts with an edge that reflects the character and personality of international youth culture. Kristin strives to create designs that inspire thought and action; designs that are more than just pretty pictures. Some are fun with a cheeky bite, some are dark and enticing and others are quirky, yet chilled-out with some clever word play. You just have to pick one that suits your personality – or the personality of your alter-ego.

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They are a small gift shop located in the KZN Midlands with everything crafted in South Africa and some products made especially and only for us! Not only just a shop filled with pink hearts, wooden words, beautiful flowers but also proudly supporting South African hand made products, taking an initiative to work with locals to bring out the beauty spark in creativity and paying visit to local markets showcasing their products, so keep up-to-date about their whereabouts by joining them on FACEBOOK, get updates and share their beauty of art with others… Who knows, the next stop might be around your area..

Opened up in November 2011 and their products come from all over South Africa. They love handmade dolls, hearts – in all shapes and sizes, bunting, wooden words, handcrafted bags, crochet goodies and anything in pink!

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