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Sydney Design Festival 2019 Announced

Design lovers young and old – mark March 1-10 on your calendars, because the Sydney Design Festival is coming with a wealth of talks, exhibitions and installations exploring the future of design.

  • Places People Love: Arts and Built Environment is a talk as part of Sydney Design Festival. Pictured: Darling Harbour Public Realm by HASSELL.

The 2019 Sydney Design Festival is coming! Leading design experts from Australia and around the world are coming to Sydney this March, with 138 curated designer events taking place in the city, tackling all aspects of the built environment.

Curated and produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the 2019 festival sees the theme of Accessing Design being explored in a variety of ways. Designers and design experts will be looking at how we, as an industry, can broaden the definition of design and collaborate across disciplines and cultural divides to make great design accessible to all.

Collaborating with over 100 partners, the 2019 Festival is offering 10 days of tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, markets, open studios, podcasts, keynote presentations, installations and symposiums. 

“Sydney Design Festival has been running for over 20 years and has played a key role in the evolution of design practice in Australia and across the world,” says MAAS Chief Executive, Lisa Havilah “It is the role of festivals such as this to move industry conversations and connections forward. We look forward to learning from, and sharing with, the industry’s leading designers.”

The full lineup of events is too big to list here, but some Indesignlive festival highlights include…

fala atelier

Methodic Optimism: fala atelier

The Festival opening on March 1 will see a talk by prize-winning architect Ana Luisa Soares from Fala Atelier. Presented in partnership with School of Architecture, University of Queensland, the talk will provide insight into the Portuguese studio’s intuitive and speculative architecture practice.

More here.

Places People Love: Arts & Built Environment

A gather of industry thought leaders in the disciplines of the built environment, arts and culture will host a panel discussion at Hassell Sydney Studio on March 3, mediated by Katrina Strickland.

More here.

Seidler Screenings: Architecture, Film and Music

Seidler Screenings are a new series of pop-up Modernist film events presented by Sydney Living Museums at the Rose Seidler House. As dusk falls, the star in Australia’s Modernist architectural crown – Rose Seidler House will come alight, serving as the dramatic backdrop for the night’s heady mix of Modernist film and architecture, music and storytelling. The evening will provide the rare opportunity for visitors to sidle up to an original Seidler building. 

More here.

Rose Seidler House by Harry Seidler.

Rose Seidler House by Harry Seidler.

BVN Tour: Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Join principal architects from BVN for a walking tour through Woollahra Library at Double Bay. An exclusive sneak peek outside of opening hours, hear first-hand the ideas behind the different spaces and the design response to changing community needs.

Photo by Amy Piddington.

Photo by Amy Piddington.

More here.

Akira Isogawa In Conversation

In celebration of the newly opened Sydney exhibition celebrating over two decades of his career, legendary designer Akira Isogawa will be interviewed at the Powerhouse Museum on March 4

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Take a look at the curated itineraries that play into thematic events around the festival. The Women in Design series of events and talks is a response to International Women’s Day. Design Meets Science explores the interlinking boundaries of the scientific world and design. Concepts and the latest insights into Sustainable Thinking will be unpacked. And driving people out to the West is the program Go West.

The 2019 Sydney Design Festival runs from March 1 – 10, and is again a must-see for any design lover or professional. The full lineup of events can be seen on the Festival’s website and tickets are available now.

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