London Design Festival Starts A Nine Day Citywide Celebration Of Design On Friday 14th September 2019
The Design Festival returns to the capital for its 17th year this September 2019 with an inspiring programme of events and installations across the city.
This year also marks 11 years with the V&A as a collaborating partner and the official Festival hub.
During the Festival, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance will once again play host to a series of specially-commissioned projects by internationally-renowned designers.
Initially established in 2003by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans, London Design Festival is an annual citywide celebration that brings together a global community of designers, artists, architects and the creative industries with a vision to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world.
Since its inception, London Design Festival has grown to encompass a broad range of activities,and attracts visitors from around the world: the 2018 Festival welcomed a record-breaking 588,000 direct visitors from over 75 countries generating almost 1 million visits.
London Design Festival Director, Ben Evans says, “London has the biggest creative economy in the world, and design is a key part of it. London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London’s design excellence in a period when showcasing creativity is even more important.”
For the nine days of the Festival, the unique collaboration with the V&A will once again see iconic spaces within the Museum transformed by a curated collection of displays and installations.
The Museum will also play host to London Design Festival’s thought leadership programme, Global Design Forum, which celebrates design with an inspirational line up of talks, debates, daily tours and workshops.
In 2018, London Design Festival and Global Design Forum helped drive170,000 visitors to the Museum during the Festival’s tenure.
Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A says: “The V&A is once again proud to be the Festival hub for this year’s London Design Festival, bringing to life an ambitious programme of events and installations which celebrate London’s role as the design capital of the world.”
The Festival is a wonderful opportunity for leading figures from the international creative community to engage with the V&A’s world-class collections of art, design and performance.
”The Festival receives support fromthe Mayor’s Office and is delighted to continue its long-standing partnershipwith British Land as Headline Partner.Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries,
Justine Simons, said:“Each year the London Design Festival hosts a truly inspiring programme of events, bringing together designers from across the world and demonstrating our position as an international creative powerhouse. The creative industries are responsible for one in six jobs in London and theFestival sends a clear message that London is open to great ideas, creativity and innovation.”