We curated an expert panel of local and international speakers from a variety of industries for VM Forward Festival 2019 to inspire, educate and provoke.

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We curated an expert panel of local and international speakers from a variety of industries for VM Forward Festival 2019 to inspire, educate and provoke.
Sign up for our newsletter here and be among the first to receive festival news for 2020.

Marco Ouwerkerk — Marco Ouwerkerk is CEO and owner of Hans Boodt Mannequins in the Netherlands, the world leader in customised mannequins and charismatic characters.

Sasha Rozario —Sasha Rozario is Creative Director of Blacks Visual, a retail design and production agency based in the UK. 

Thandazani Nofingxana — Thandazani Nofingxana is a textile designer, honours student and Creative Director of Chap Studios.

Rharha Nembhard is a multi disciplinary Creative Director, Film Maker and
Cultural Curator living between Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Atang Tshikare  Atang Tshikare is a multidisciplinary creative who creates with wood, glass, resin, ceramic and bronze, combining contemporary illustrations, sculptures, and narratives.

Sindiso Khumalo — Sindiso Khumalo is a textile designer with sustainability, craft and empowerment at the heart of her label.

Matthew Brown — Matthew Brown is a Retail Futurist, VM Trend Specialist, and the owner of Echochamber, a London-based creative, retail intelligence agency.

Clare McNally  Clare McNally is an award-winning advertising Copywriter, Brand Strategist, Author and Educator based in Copenhagen. She sees endless potential in brands and people. 

Tracy Lynch Tracy Lynch is the founder of Lee Lynch Studio and the Creative Director of Nando’s innovative Design Programme.

Ross Symons — Ross Symons is the artist and creative entrepreneur behind White on Rice, a brand centered around the ancient Japanese art of origami (paper folding).

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Bonolo Chepape Bonolo Chepape is a textile and surface designer and founder of the décor and textile consulting studio, Lulasclan.

Sian Roberts Sian Roberts is an award-winning Visual Merchandising expert and Global Head of Creative Visual for Topshop Topman. 

Pieter Hugo — Pieter Hugo is a photographic artist who has exhibited his inspiring work both locally and internationally.

Jonathan Baker — Jonathan Baker is the Course Director of the Post Graduate Fashion Visual Merchandising course at the London College of Fashion. He is also a freelance industry consultant, writer and blogger.

Nina Tillet — Nina Tillet is the founder of Minki Balinki, a UK-based design and production studio. Her creations are prominently featured in high end and high street, and are often noted for their highly-themed and innovative installations.

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Erica de Greef— Erica de Greef is an independent fashion curator, fashion researcher and writer living in Cape Town.

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Atang Tshikare is a self-developed multidisciplinary creative who creates with wood, glass, resin, ceramic and bronze, combining contemporary illustrations, sculptures, and narratives. He'll talk about his inspiration and process at VMFF19.

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Nina Tillet is Creative Director of Minki Balinki, a UK-based design and production studio. Her creations are prominently featured in high end and high street, and are often noted for their highly-themed and innovative installations.

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Matthew Brown is Managing Director of Echochamber, a London-based creative retail intelligence agency with a global reach. He will be speaking at VM Forward Festival about new VM trends and industry developments.

Matthew Brown is Managing Director of Echochamber, a London-based creative retail intelligence agency with a global reach. He will be speaking at VM Forward Festival about new VM trends and industry developments.

The VM Forward Festival is South Africa's first Visual Merchandising Festival | ©2019
Contact Sedicka Allies for partnership enquiries for VMFF20 | For general enquiries: info@vmforwardfestival.com

VM Forward Festival is South Africa's first Visual Merchandising Festival ©2019. Contact Sedicka Allies for VMFF20 partnership enquiries – all other enquiries info@vmforwardfestival.com