Returning for its fifth year from November 5 – 25, 2018, the DESIGN Canberra Festival will continue to celebrate the ongoing growth and recognition of Canberra as a global city of design with the release of the full festival program of over 100 events.
This year’s festival brings one of the most eclectic programs yet. Highlights include: one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture, Kengo Kuma; Australia’s leading practitioner of the late 20th century organic style of architecture, Enrico Taglietti; the 2018 designer-in-residence, furniture maker Chelsea Lemon; Design Diplomacy events in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week; Dark MOFO favourite known for his lighting designs, Matt Adey of House of Vnholy; a type artist’s conference; hands-on workshops, Tim Ross and more.
“DESIGN Canberra has resonated with Canberrans, the design sector and design lovers near and far because design is in Canberra’s DNA. This year’s program will be full of new ideas, conversations, and innovations to further inspire what makes Canberra a living design laboratory,” said Rachael Coghlan CEO of Craft ACT and Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra 2018.
Whether you’re a lover of design, travel, culture or simply enjoy getting amongst the action, the DESIGN Canberra Festival offers versatility to suit everyone’s taste. Food, wine and design are a feature of the 2018 program, celebrating the best from the Canberra region. Enjoy a one-off design dinner at Canberra’s two hatted restaurant, Aubergine, and local wine and music at the award-winning Pop Inn Bar. Festival favourites – open studios, open homes and architecture tours – are back again in 2018. An opportunity to engage more deeply with design will be presented at three programs: the Enrico Taglietti symposium, an Urban Renewal forum, and Typism, a type artist conference.
Although much of the festival is free to access and welcomes all ages, some of the major festival highlights require tickets which can now be bought online at designcanberrafestival.com.au.
This year’s festival theme will be ‘geometry’, referencing the city’s distinctive form and rich design history. The theme will explore geometry and its presence throughout the city, which creates human, creative and global connections.
“We are honoured to present such an exciting program of events for this year’s DESIGN Canberra Festival and can’t wait for people to come and see what we have in store,” said Rachael Coghlan.
In addition to the ever-popular signature events, a newly curated line-up of locally and internationally acclaimed designers has been announced for this year’s program highlights.