DM19 Festival First Announcement

DM19 Festival First Announcement

Posted 16th Sep 2019 at 09:23 by ihtezaz anwar

DM19, Manchester’s city-wide festival of creativity and design, today announces its seventh annual festival, which this year will run from 11th to 24th November.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival’s flagship day-long conference of ideas and inspiration, which which returns to the Bridgewater Hall on 22nd November to tackle the topic of SMART thinking, SMART technology and SMART creativity with speakers who take their own path, and make and break the rules.

With the ashes of our political stability still burning the SMART conference will look at the resourceful, the nimble, the canny, the people who can lift or shapeshift an idea and inspire us to move forward (wherever forward may be!) Once again the event will take over the entire venue with five separate areas featuring talks, workshops, seminars, Q&As, craft and making.

The speakers for the Auditorium are partner of Pentagram New York Paula Scher, legendary artist and musician Cosey Fanni Tutti (in conversation with writer Jon Savage)creative digital business strategist Daljit Singh (ANNA), Neil Hubbard, group leader of Heatherwick Studio, internationally renowned typographic designer Hansje van Halem, creative directors Clive Russell & Charlie Waterhouse (Extinction Rebellion), visual storyteller Harris Elliott, and from Berlin, creative digital agency Pfadfinderei (Moderat). We are pleased to welcome back to host the conference once again Patrick Burgoyne (D&AD, and former editor of Creative Review).

Additional talks, Q&As, exhibitions and workshops will run throughout the venue. The first to be announced are:

  • Idle Letters – Adventures in Lettering, a workshop hosted by Loz Ives, a designer, illustrator and letterer.
  • Ladies, Wine & Design presents a series of a series of talks, short workshops and Q&As on the themes of ‘Design Smart’ and ‘The Age of The Female Gaze’ with speakers from all creative sectors.
  • RareMags, the independent print and bookseller will be back showcasing lots of investable wears.
  • DIFFUSE PANEL: FUSE X DO THAT THING A panel, re-exploring the creative sector, its issues with inclusion and diversity – because thinking inclusively, means thinking smart. Hosted by FUSE and Do That Thing diffuse will also exhibit work from a manifesto on racial and intersectional inclusion for Manchester’s creative scene.

More panels, speakers and contributors to be added.

Design Manchester artistic director Malcolm Garrett RDI, said: “In a world that appears increasingly to be acting dumb, in the face of global political upheaval and climate crisis in the news daily, it is well past time for designers to get SMART, think SMART and ACT SMART.

Artistic director John Owens continues: “We’ve found our home at The Bridgewater Hall a space big enough to host our heroes but also showcase new and inspiring ideas across 3 floors, we can’t wait to invite creatives from all over the world to meet in Manchester a come away a bit smarter.”

Limited early bird tickets will be on sale here from Friday 13th September at 1pm, priced at £48 (or £30 for students/concessions), both prices inclusive of VAT. The conference will run from 10am to 6pm on Friday 22nd November 2019.

The full price for the conference is £90 (and £60 for students/concessions), both prices inclusive of VAT.

Get your tickets here

The Sharp Project
Thorp Road
M40 5BJ
United Kingdom