Joe Gebbia, Kjetil Thorsen and Olafur Eliasson to present at Design Indaba 2017
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Joe Gebbia, Kjetil Thorsen and Olafur Eliasson to present at Design Indaba 2017

Dezeen promotion: Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, Snøhetta's Kjetil Thorsen and Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson will present at this year's Design Indaba conference in Cape Town.

The annual Design Indaba Conference of Creativity is set to take place at Cape Town's Artscape Theatre from 1 to 3 March 2017.

In addition to Eliasson, Thorsen and Gebbia, Dutch artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander, Pentagram partner Marina Willer and London-based Nigerian designer Yinka Ilori will also make presentations during the event.

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During this year's Design Indaba conference, Joe Gebbia will talk about how he created Airbnb

"The Design Indaba audience can look forward to a stellar selection of speakers with compelling multimedia presentations that combine performance, storytelling, career-changing insights and the most cutting-edge creative work on the global circuit," said the organisers.

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort will return to present her annual seminar, while the search for this year's Most Beautiful Object in South Africa will challenge notions of beauty in design.

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Kjetil Thorsen, one of Snøhetta's two founding partners, will discuss the firm's work over the last 25 years

Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane is the guest creative director of the after-hours Nightscape event, which includes the FilmFest showcase of indie and creative films on African soil for the very first time.

Other activities include a programme of music concerts, a festival of food and an exhibition of up-and-coming South African design.

Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson
Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson will also present during the event. Photograph by Heike-Gottert

The Design Indaba Simulcast provides a live screening of the main conference to various venues. The initiative was developed by Design Indaba to distribute the knowledge to a younger audience and to those unable to attend the conference in Cape Town.

For further details about the festival, a full list of events and speakers plus registration information, visit the Design Indaba website.