Design Manchester 17
11 – 22 October 2017
This will be the fifth year of the Manchester Design Festival: an opportunity to redefine design, treating it as the basis and framework for new ideas. The leitmotif of the festival can be seen in this definition of design. A wide range of events from different disciplines will take place across the whole city.
Design works best together as a tool for handling other disciplines that it can then incorporate and communicate. The festival’s events are devoted to the areas of architecture, music, fashion, film, photography, social services and welfare, and involve a special way of thinking about, and identifying with Manchester. The festival’s diversity is based on a decentralized organizational structure in which people can all do what they are best at doing. Perhaps because the four main organizers are at home in the different areas of event organization, journalism, design and music, they are able to focus on and mobilize Manchester’s cultural scene.
The programme is diverse: one of the highlights is a concert of the Buzzcocks, one of Manchester’s earliest punk bands. In connection with this, an exhibition has been put together showing the band’s career, posters and their LP sleeves. On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, animation workshops will be held for children and youngsters. A Pop-Up Fashion Design Studio will be set up in Upper Campfield Market Hall. Innovation in textile design will be discussed at a symposium of the Manchester School of Art on 11 October, and talks relevant to this will be held detailing the life of the textile designer Lucienne Day. The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will be held from 12-15 October, featuring products from over 160 designers and craftspeople. The independent magazine Then There Was Us is curating an exhibition with 26 international designers, each of them designing a letter inspired by the place they call ‘home’. Showings of film classics such as A Clockwork Orange and more recent films such as Her and B-Movie complete the programme.
To create so many different events in a short period of time gives an idea of a city that is looking for its identity and an answer to the question of what it really represents.