Thank you from Belfast Design Week!

Design talks and photo walks, pop-up shops and pop-up feasts, workshops and gatherings to learn new things and meet new people…yet another Belfast Design Week came and went, connecting even more of you through design.

In our third year, the 2017 Festival was bigger, we had more events than ever before, more buzz around the week, and even more helping hands on the team.

The week started out the way it always does, with Design Camp.  Housed in the beautiful Ulster Museum, our annual conference hosted a mix of local and international speakers, offering guests a day full of inspiration, advice and insight into their design stories. 

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Meanwhile just up the road in Indigo Coffee and Gelato, 25 Pop-up set up shop for shoppers to browse the wares of independent brands in Graphic Design, Fashion, Stationery, Textiles, Illustration, Product, Print & more. Later in the week, the transient boutique made its way to the landmark dome of Victoria Square.

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To mark the first evening of Design Week, we hosted an intimate gathering at Artcetera Studio, transformed from a blank canvas into a gorgeous dinner hall by Grace and Saviour. As the wine flowed and guests devoured the delicious meal prepared by The Edible Flower, we were all kept in good company with illustrator extraordinaire Mark Reihill talking us through his incredible portfolio.

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With the first full day out of the way, the week unfolded as Belfast Design Week and Fringe event organisers tried to pack as many different elements of design as possible into the week.

Festival favourites such as HomeGrown, Share6, Drink and Draw, Design Thinking, Design Science, and Design Film Night all returned - albeit refreshed with new faces and new concepts.

Meanwhile, brand new events joined the line-up, with many led independently by businesses and individuals passionate about design. New projects on the schedule this year included Womenfolk: Take 5, Service Design Jam, GPS Print Tour, the Fashion Illustration night, to name but a few!

Belfast Design Week wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors each year and the good work of its volunteers. This year we want to say a huge thanks to our sponsors Kainos, Department of Communities, McGowans Print, GPS Colour Graphics Ltd., Ulster University, Bailies Coffee, Big Motive, Maven, Blick Shared Studios, Karishma Kusurkar, Two Digs and Secure Broadcast.  

Finally, just because Belfast Design Week is finished for the year, doesn’t mean there are no more design events and initiatives taking place across the city! There are exciting projects happening all the time and we encourage as many of you as possible to support these creativities and to spearhead your own.

See you all in 2018!