|Robert Wong speaking at Design Indaba 2011|
South Africa's renowned design fair and conference, Design Indaba, has announced a partnership with the city of Shanghai. As well as the launch of Design Indaba Shanghai, which sees the conference travel to the Far East for the first time, the event's organisers will also be creating an international design school in the city, and founding a Design Indaba Gallery to exhibit outstanding design from around the world.
Design Indaba's founder Ravi Naidoo said in a statement: “Taking Design Indaba to Shanghai is the right step forward in demonstrating the impact of design and creativity to BRIC economies. The Minhang District is a perfect platform from which to launch Design Indaba Shanghai to collaborate with and grow the design and innovation community. We are excited by the opportunities the Shanghai Minhang District government has offered us and we look forward to learning from our peers in China".
Mr Sun Chao, Party Secretary of CPC Minhang District Committee, Shanghai, added: "Better City, Better Life was the theme of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. With the launch of Design Indaba, this theme will surely be further pursued in Minhang. The collaboration with Design Indaba will bring more opportunities and highlight our process of deepening urbanisation. We warmly welcome Design Indaba to Minhang."