DetailsVIENNA DESIGN WEEK is Austria‘s largest curated design festival and has been taking place in Vienna since 2007. 2019 it welcomed over 40,000 visitors to around 200 events per year. In 2021 VIENNA DESIGN WEEK will take place from 24th of September to the 3th of October. We will adapt some things due to the circumstances of the consequences of Covid-19, the basic orientation and fields remain. The successful hosting of the 2020 festival edition - without infection happening! - also provides a valuable wealth of experience and sets a solid
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During ten days each Autumn VIENNA DESIGN WEEK proves that Vienna is a „City Full of Design“. Overlooked corners of the city turn into stages for design, both critical and playful approaches, entry-level communication and professional discourse explore new perspectives on the objects around us and design as well as manufacturing processes are revealed often in experimental ways specific to their location. Creation and production processes are often revealed experimentally and directly on site. This year, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is placing its special focus on Vienna's 20th district, Brigittenau. This year's festival headquarters is located there as the gateway to VIENNA DESIGN WEEK.
The focus of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is on the diverse creative output that makes up the qualities of the local design scene: product, furniture and industrial design, architecture, graphic and social design, as well as experimental and digital approaches. The festival works specifically to network local potential internationally, which is also reflected in the program.
The formats that have grown in the 15 years of the festival's history, such as Stadtarbeit and Urban Food & Design, have established themselves as fixed components of the structure of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. A crucial addition to the festival program are the contributions created by the numerous program partners. VIENNA DESIGN WEEK team, which is made up of dedicated employees with different fields of knowledge and diverse approaches to design, conceives, curates and implements the festival under the direction of Gabriel Roland. In addition, the work at VIENNA DESIGN WEEK relies on a strong network of people involved.
The goal is to make design, innovations, concepts and design processes behind the products and systems that surround us accessible to a broad audience as well as to the local population and visitors to Vienna, while at the same time addressing an international audience of experts. Nearly all program points of the festival are also accessible free of charge. VIENNA DESIGN WEEK deliberately has no trade fair character and is not a direct sales event. Rather, the aim is to make accessible the processes and discourses that lie beneath the commercial surface, as well as to reflect on our "business as usual“.
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