Akatasia.com would like to wish all our readers a blessed and peaceful new year. This past year has been a learning curve and we thank you for having patience and sticking with us through our journey.
With 2014 finally here and 2013 now an almost distant memory, here are some of the stories that we will be following this year.
1. Last year, the international Design Alliance (IDA) announced that Cape Town would be the official World Design Capital of 2014. The ‘World Design Capital’ is a prestigious initiative ‘dedicated to using design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development’ and one that recognizes ‘the value of design thinking’. Its an honor that was previously held by Helsinki and Soeul. Becoming the 2014 World Design Capital, will firmly cement Cape Town as a innovative and creative new city. Click here to learn more about upcoming projects and events.
2. It’s the event that football (Soccer) fans everywhere have been yearning for. Five African teams will be battling it out for the the coverted trophy at the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in July this year. Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria and Cameroon are included in a line up of teams from 32 countries facing off in Brazil. To learn more about each team and the allocated groups, visit www.Fifa.com.
3. Last year on July 4th, Egyptians took to Tahrir Square to celebrate the the ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi. After several months of turbulence, the re-election of a new president will finally take place this summer with parliamentary elections taking place prior to that from February to March.
4. Since its inception in 1994, Design Indaba has been a leader in providing a commercial platform for South African Designers to showcase their work. For the first time ever, the institution will open its competition to designers outside of South Africa. It would be interesting to see how designers from other countries will fair. To learn more about Design Indaba, visit: http://www.designindaba.com.
5. April 6, 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. The Rwandan Genocide was the genocidal mass slaughter of ethnic Tutsis that took place in 1994 over the course of approximately 100 days. A Facebook page set up to commemorate the 20th anniversary can be viewed here.
What stories will you be following this year? Feel free to share, we’d love to hear them.