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Design is Everywhere takes centre stage at the London Design Festival

  • Date: 13 September 2013
  • Area: London
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From 14 - 22 September, London will be bursting with people from across the design world and beyond, as they come together for one of the world's leading design festivals.

The London Design Festival, which is supported by Arts Council England and now in its eleventh year, is an annual event that celebrates and promotes design in London. The event's programme provides an opportunity for design professionals to debate and challenge current concepts, evolving our understanding and interaction with design.

This year's theme is Design is Everywhere, reflecting the pervasive nature of design and the impact that it has on our everyday lives. With the 2012 London Design Festival attracting nearly half a million visitors, this year promises to be a very exciting time for the attendees and organisers alike.

Throughout the festival visitors will have access to five creative hubs across London: Chelsea Design Quarter, Brompton Design District, Fitzrovia Now, Clerkenwell Design District and Shoreditch Design Triangle.

The core programme is complemented by opportunities for national and international participants to create their own events under the festival umbrella, expanding the reach and influence of the London Design Festival.

A significant part of the London Design Festival is the Global Design Forum, which was introduced in 2012. It brings together key decision makers, innovators and creatives together for a one-day conference to discuss and debate the issues and challenges facing the sector. Questions to be discussed include:

  • What is the role of design in the economy and people's lives?
  • What scope is there for design to alter and define the infrastructure and image of cities around the world?
  • How does ground breaking innovation thrive and find its market?

The Global Design Forum brings a highly valuable critical rigour to the Festival and was sold out in 2012. Speakers at this year's Global Design Forum include Peter Saville, Paul Morley, Adrian van Hooydonk and Sir John Hegarty.

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England: 'The London Design Festival is a really important bridge between commercial design and the wider visual arts sector. It champions new, experimental and innovative design practices, providing a platform for exciting new design talent and showcasing it to a local, national and international audience. We are delighted to continue our support of the festival as it reaches new audiences, celebrates the best in design and puts London firmly on the international design map.'