17 – 19 November 2016
In November Raumwelten will be back for the fifth time to highlight the interfaces between scenography, architecture and the media. This year’s event will take place under the slogan “Let’s Go Public!” and will provide up-to-date information and inspiration through a three-day programme of talks, short presentations and workshops.
14 – 23 October 2016
Every year, Illustrative, the art festival that has been running since 2006, organises a series of exhibitions, presentations and events around the themes of conceptual illustrative art, animation, contemporary drawing, illustrated objects and scenic illustrations. This year, the organisers are also presenting the latest trends and together with over 100 German and international artists invite visitors to view the world of illustration and graphics.
Bike. Design. City29.01.2017 – 30.07.2017
Dubai Design Week
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
24 – 29 October 2016
Dubai Design Week, launched and managed by the Art Dubai Group in 2015, is back for its second time this year. For six days the largest city in the United Arab Emirates will be transformed into an arena for design, providing an insight into the UAE’s growing creative scene.
3rd Kurt Schwitters Symposium on Design Theory
13 – 14 October 2016
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover
For a long time, design served to purely embellish goods and products and as a medium of the latest trends, but now there are the stirrings of new critical self-awareness that wants to be involved in both political and social processes. The Third Kurt Schwitters Symposium on Design Theory at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover examines this phenomenon of resistant design, and discusses its role, function and possibilities under the main theme of “Resistant Practices. Design as an Orientation Strategy”.
Month of Design Ljubljana
18 October - 18 November 2016
The Month of Design Ljubljana is an annual festival that is inviting visitors once again to participate in a series of exhibitions, award ceremonies and events in Slovenia’s capital city. For a month, south-east Europe’s biggest creative and design festival for the creative industries offers a platform for information and exchanging ideas around the theme of design.
Futura. Die Schrift
3 November 2016 – 30 April 2017
Futura, the font designed by Paul Renner, has experienced great success since its conception and its modernity and popularity has not diminished after a good 90 years. In “Futura. Die Schrift” [Futura. The Font] the Gutenberg-Museum in Mainz is dedicating an exhibition to the font and its secret of success.
Here and Now
The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
1 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
The art of tapestry, which is closely related to weaving, is widely believed to be long dead. In fact, it has been enjoying something of a renaissance over recent years. The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford is now revealing this new resurgence in its exhibition “Here and Now”.
Łódź Design Festival
13 – 23 October 2016
The Łódź Design Festival brings industrial, graphic and fashion designers as well as architects and artists together to Poland every year. To mark its tenth edition, “Identity” is the main theme taken to welcome visitors to Łódź, the country’s third-largest city.
Biennale Interieur 2016
Kortrijk Xpo, Kortrijk
14 – 23 October 2016
The Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and offers visitors insights into the latest innovations and the future of living.
Nachwuchspreis Neue Medien
Submission deadline: 16 October 2016
In the past five years there have been 437 entries for and 12 winners of the Nachwuchspreis Neue Medien [young talents prize new media]. The competition, organised by the Social Media Aachen and Westwerk agencies, is aimed at promoting young talents and supporting their introduction to the digital sector.
Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater
– 9 January 2017
Pina Bausch, who passed away in 2009, was a pioneer of modern dance theatre and one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century. Until 9 January 2017, the Martin-Gropius-Bau is holding a retrospective dedicated to the dancer and her work.
Design Week Mexico
5 – 9 October 2016
Design Week Mexico was first launched in 2009 with the aim of promoting creativity and design as a driving force for social change. Since then it has evolved into the country’s foremost platform for design and architecture. This year it is back with a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, activities, panel discussions and installations.
12 – 23 October 2016
The annual Design Manchester festival is back again this year to transform this city in England’s northwest into a design metropolis. With talks, exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, a design fair and parties, all under the slogan of “Design City”, the festival is bound to make a splash.
19 – 26 October 2016
K in Düsseldorf is an international trade fair for plastics, rubber, polymer processing and plastics manufacturing, and is among the leading global trade fairs for the industry. The event, which takes place every three years, is back this October with 3,100 exhibitors from Germany and abroad, all housed in the halls of Düsseldorf’s trade fair grounds.
Under Arms. Fire & Forget 2
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
– 26 March 2017
Whether they’re used to instil public order, out of sheer violence, for personal safety reasons or as a piece of sporting or work equipment, weapons are ubiquitous in our society. The exhibition “Under Arms. Fire & Forget 2” features exhibits from the spheres of fashion, design, the media and art that seek to exploit the emotions that weapons can provoke.
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden
– 1 November 2016
In many cultures people traditionally gather together to share food and talk to one another. This is the focus of the “Creative Collisions” exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden, which examines this practice in a creative and experimental new way.
EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography
Amerika Haus, Berlin
29 September – 31 October 2016
During this year’s EMOP Berlin–European Month of Photography, Germany’s biggest photography festival, museums, cultural institutions, galleries, project spaces, embassies and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam will cover the whole gamut of historical and contemporary photography over the course of a month. The opening days of the Month of Photography will feature a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops, book days, readings and screenings.
29 September – 2 October 2016
Eleven years ago, the City of Hamburg was named “Germany’s comic capital” by the feuilleton, inspiring a group of event organisers to launch the Comicfestival Hamburg. This year the Comicfestival will celebrate its tenth anniversary, offering a range of comic-related exhibitions and workshops.
imm Pure Talents Contest
Closing date: 30 September 2016
In the past, the internationally renowned Pure Talents Contest has been a springboard for the careers of many young designers. Many of the 395 products presented to date as part of the competition were quickly snapped up for the collections of well-known manufacturers. This is the 14th year that the furnishings fair, imm Cologne, has held the competition and is calling for students and graduates to participate.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
– 20 August 2017
Trainers instead of work shoes and jogging pants in place of tailored business suits: clothes that were originally designed for the gym are now taking over the office. Meanwhile, the top couturiers are now busying themselves designing sportswear. The “Sports/No Sports” exhibition, currently on at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, examines these phenomena and their wider context.
Saudi Design Week
Al Faisaliah at Durrat Al-Riyadh Resort, Riyadh
6 – 9 October 2016
For the third year in a row, Saudi Design Week will feature a range of exhibitions, workshops, design forums and activities in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, with the aim of raising the profile of design and supporting young talents from the region.
Dream Out Loud
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
– 1 January 2017
The Stedelijk Museum is currently showing “Dream Out Loud”, a group exhibition that examines social design, a field that is gaining increasing prominence.
Creative Time Summit
The Lincoln Theatre, Washington
14 – 16 October 2016
Since it was founded in 2009, the Creative Time Summit has established itself as one of the leading international conferences at the interface between art and social change. Artists and activists gather to develop creative ideas for changing the world. This year’s key theme is “Occupy the Future”.
22 – 25 September 2016
As part of the annual London Design Festival, the sixth edition of Designjunction offers its visitors a rich and varied programme of design exhibitions, installations, shopping opportunities, events and workshops. The main theme this year is “Immersed in Design”.
Baltic Fashion & Textile Vilnius
Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo
29 September – 1 October 2016
Having hosted 392 companies from 22 countries in 2015, Baltic Fashion and Textile in Vilnius is the largest textile trade fair in the Baltic region. It’s back this year, once again attracting wholesale firms, fashion labels looking for manufacturers, producers and service companies focusing on materials and technology, and fashion and textile designers.
Parsons School of Design, New York
4 November 2016
November will see international artists, designers, illustrators and cartoonists flocking to the Tishman Auditorium at the Parsons School of Design in New York for the Pictoplasma Conference.
Vienna Design Week
30 September–9 October 2016
The Austrian capital is all set to celebrate an anniversary in autumn 2016, when Vienna Design Week, the country’s biggest design festival, marks ten years since its inception. With a diverse range of projects, events and exhibitions, this year’s festival will once again look at the public view of design and its different spheres of influence within the city.
24 September – 2 October 2016
From 24 September to 2 October, the Lucerne Poster Festival invites visitors to its eighth edition featuring ten different exhibitions and award ceremonies focusing on the medium of posters.
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Haus der Photographie
– 30 October 2016
The winners of the Lead Awards are once again being exhibited at the Haus der Photographie in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, with photo series, magazine sections, newspaper pieces, advertising campaigns and websites from the last twelve months on display.
Transit Design Symposium
Augsburg University of Applied Sciences
21 October 2016
To mark the 20th anniversary of the former Multimedia diploma programme and the tenth anniversary of the Interactive Media and Interactive Media Systems course at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, graduates of the university are gathering together for the Transit Design Symposium. Today’s entrepreneurs and freelancers will reveal how to create your own start-up and provide insights into creative working processes and forming companies.
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
– 6 November 2016
Ove Arup, one the most influential engineers of the 20th century, employed methods that continue to make their mark on architecture, design and engineering. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is dedicating a retrospective to him that provides insights into his philosophy, ideas and projects.
London Design Biennale. Utopia by Design
Somerset House, London
– 27 September 2016
The design world is welcoming a new biennale to its programme: from 7 September 2016, works from over 30 countries will be displayed to mark the first London Design Biennale held at Somerset House. The unifying theme for all contributions is “Utopia by Design”. “Utopia” is also the title of the book by Thomas More outlining an ideal society and which is celebrating its 500th anniversary in 2016.
Pro-K Award 2017
Registration deadline: 14 October 2016
Every year, the Pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e.V., the German Industrial Association for Semi-Finished Products and Consumer Products made of Plastics, encourages designers and manufacturers to submit products made of plastics that have been on the market for less than 18 months to take part in its competition.
CARtoons.Art of America’s Car Culture
LACMA, Los Angeles
– 2 January 2017
From 1959 to 1991 Cartoonsmagazine gained a loyal and enthusiastic following with its combination of cars and comic strips. Original artwork from that time can now be seen in an exhibition at LACMA in Los Angeles.
Beating Salts – Salt Design Lab
Design Museum Holon
– 29 October 2016
Since ancient times, salt has been bound up in myths, beliefs and rituals across all countries and cultures. It served as a form of currency in trade and was considered a symbol of prestige and power. Through their curiosity, people discovered the preservative properties of salt, making it a valuable and covetable resource. The exhibition “Beating Salts – Salt Design Lab” presents the work of designer Erez Nevi Pana, the result of a three-year process of research, and looks at the renowned properties of this natural substance.
Gardena – Design. System. Brand. Passion for the Garden
– 3 October 2016
The popularity of appliances made by the Gardena brand goes far beyond the gardens of Ulm, where the company is based, but all over the world. The design of the products has contributed massively to their success. The exhibition “Gardena – Design. System. Brand. Passion for the Garden” at Studio HfG in Ulm now looks at the success story of Gardena GmbH.
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt
– 16 October 2016
For the most part, all that remains of the bourgeois fashions of the 17th century is pictorial representation; only isolated examples of original clothing from that time have been preserved. Yet one of the most important and comprehensive collections in the world can be seen at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt until 16 October 2016.
Willy Fleckhaus: Design, Revolt, Rainbow
Museum of Applied Arts Cologne
– 11 December 2016
Willy Fleckhaus (1925–1983) was known as “Germany’s most expensive pencil”, and not without reason. The graphic design work produced by this former journalist defined a whole generation. The MAKK in Cologne is now dedicating an exhibition to the wide-ranging output of this self-taught designer by showing his photographs, illustrations, books, book series, and posters.