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Left to right:  Caro Jesse De Waal, Kelly Berman and Mark Noble Left to right: Caro Jesse De Waal, Kelly Berman and Mark Noble

AC Hotels Brings Signature Thought Leadership Series to Africa


AC Hotels, the carefully curated lifestyle brand from Marriott International marked the African debut of the global thought leadership series, AC Unpacked at AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront on September 26 with a lively panelist discussion between local experts shaping the world of Art and Design in The Mother City.

The South African event is part of a global programme, which launched in New York City in 2018, and brings together Essentialists from around the world to unpack global perspective on ideas relating to Travel, Experience, Vision and Design—founding principles of the AC Hotels brand.

‘Roots & Design’ was the topic of discussion in Cape Town with focus on the importance of fostering and supporting local artistic talent, while simultaneously bringing the burgeoning scene to the world stage.

Moderated by renowned Caro Jesse De Waal, local food artist and photographer, with Mark Noble, developer, V&A Waterfront, and Kelly Berman, head of communication, Southern Guild gallery, on the panel, the conversation unpacked the fine details that South Africa’s design and creative community obsess over, and what allows them to live their purpose without disruption.

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