Together for tomorrow


Are you a storyteller interested in the future of design?


Deadline: 9 January 2020

We are delighted to announce that Twyg, working with the British Council, is looking for six storytellers from six southern African countries to document the journeys of six designers whose work embodies sustainability. The six designers have recently participated in the Circular Design Lab.

We invite writers, multimedia storytellers, videographers, photographers, and audio artists from Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa to apply. One storyteller in each country will be selected to develop a narrative about one of the designers, but collectively they will help foster a deeper understanding about the Sub-Saharan Africa design sector. The storytellers should have an interest in design and the circular economy. Successful candidates will show the potential to creatively use one or more media and to sensitively construct a narrative about a designer and her/his process. They will participate in an all-expenses paid workshop in Cape Town in February 2020, where storytellers will share ideas, explore creative storytelling, and connect with each other and other professionals.

Note on 11 January 2020: OPEN CALL IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who sent submissions. We are overwhelmed by the quality and quantity. We will be contact everyone soon via email.

Application Details
  • All publishable mediums are encouraged;
  • All genres are encouraged;
  • There is no submission fee;
  • Storytellers will be compensated;
  • Storytellers must be between the ages of 18-35 with a working knowledge of English;
  • We do not discriminate against any person’s sexual orientation nor people with disabilities;
  • Although not a requirement, previous work on sustainability and/or design would be an advantage;
  • Storytellers must be available to travel to Cape Town during the week of 10 February 2020;
  • Hold a valid passport;
  • Submissions will be assessed on potential to create quality stories for the design sector and a broader audience;
  • Support material should include 3 examples of previously published work;
  • We are looking to work with a storyteller in each of the following countries: Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique;
  • Storytellers will hold copyright of their content but agree to authorise / license a number of publications to use this work free of charge as part of the process;
  • If shortlisted, candidates should be available to be interviewed on either the 13 or 14 January 2020.
  • British Council funds the project.

How to apply

  • Send three examples of your published work in English (max 2 pages / 1000 words each story and / or video recording and / or audio and / or photographs) to cc;
  • Send us your CV;
  • Deadline for receipt of submission: 9 January 2020;
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted on 10 January 2020.

About British Council

British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Design Futures falls under its Southern African Arts programme, which has developed cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and Southern Africa with a range of arts projects and use of digital platforms to build creative networks through art forms including, fashion, music, film, design and more.

About Twyg

Twyg is South African online brand encouraging a modern, eco-conscious and forward-thinking lifestyle. It inspires with stories about fashion, food and places that don’t harm the planet nor people. Twyg is a fast-developing brand, which was founded and edited by Jackie May, who has over 20 years of experience working in media. It focuses on sustainability issues and is driven by young energetic local writers across Southern Africa.


Jackie May, Project Director


Rutendo Nyamuda, Project Manager


Our work is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production. Read More