Festival set to celebrate the best of Welsh design

May 18, 2010 1 Comment »
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Exhibition at a previous Cardiff Design Festival

Since 2005 the Cardiff Design Festival has been running to celebrate, provoke, inform and inspire with design.

At venues across the city a whole spectrum of different events will take place including talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Olwen Moseley, director of the Festival, at a pre-launch event at Chapter Arts Centre on Monday 17th May, called for more people to get involved.

She said: “One of the things that makes for a successful festival is when it’s a community event. We want the design community to run events, come up with ideas and get people involved.”

The festival runs from 1st October – 16th October and an event calendar will start to take shape very soon, as volunteers at the meeting started pitching in with events they’d like to run.

Moseley said there’s no limit to the events: “Anyone can do an event as long as it’s got design involved in it. I found out that the festival is a perfect example of a social enterprise. It’s run on a shoestring budget and we beg, steal and borrow to get things to happen.

Past events at the festival have included a designer’s market (like a farmers’ market but with design), guest lectures from top design talent from Orange and Guinness, exhibitions and portfolio clinics for students. The last few years have also seen other organisations getting involved, including Ignite Cardiff who ran an event in conjunction with the festival last year.

Simon O’Rafferty from ThinkArk Eco Design Centre Wales was at the meeting and said he’s looking forward to being involved.

He said: “We’re looking at doing a ‘Design Camp’. We’ve seen them done in other countries, where you bring a group of designers together with people from other backgrounds – for example policy makers – and see what happens. We’d like to do a 5-day event but we’re just sorting it all out at the moment.”

The call is now out for volunteers to run events, help set them up and just get involved with the festival. To get involved visit the Cardiff Design Festival website.

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  1. julian sykes May 18, 2010 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Hi Ed,

    Nice piece, just to let you know Simon is arranging the 'Design Camp' through his work with Eco Design Centre Wales, not ThinkARK. ThinkARK will be doing a number of other events through the festival which will be announced later on in the year, once we have definite projects etc in place. At the moment initial project plans are a community engagement project including urban psychology and a possible collaboration with a further empty shops project.

    Thanks again
    Julian

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