Design Manchester unveils full line-up

Morag Myerscough, Anthony Burrill, Kate Dawkins, DesignStudio’s Ben Wright, Patrick Thomas, Helen Storey and Michael Wolff will all feature in the city-wide festival in October

Design Manchester returns for its sixth year with over 40 events across the city from October 10–21, including talks, debates, films, workshops, exhibitions, fairs and parties.

The festival’s flagship event is the DM18 Conference, which the year will be at the Bridgewater Hall on October 19, with five separate areas featuring talks, workshops, seminars, interactive installations, Q&A’s, craft and making.

Speakers will include Morag Myerscough, Anthony Burrill, Kate Dawkins (who created the extraordinary Passchendaele Centenary multimedia show in Ypres), DesignStudio co-founder Ben Wright, Studio Dumbar Creative Director Liza Enemies, Kaye Dunnings, creative director of Glastonbury’s Shangri-La and the inimitable Michael Wolff. CR Editor Patrick Burgoyne will host the day.

The conference will also have four new areas: at The People Are Revolting, Patrick Thomas will provide materials for visitors to create their own protest art; Listen Up will run a series of workshops and talks hosted by Ladies, Wine & Design and Design Manchester; Studio DBD has created I Love to Hate You, an installation featuring “honest confessions from disgruntled creatives”; and G. F Smith’s Paper/Power/People will feature paper, craft and making.

The festival will also feature an extensive programme of exhibitions, tours, screenings, a lecture by architect Sir Terry Farrell, an exhibition of the work of fashion designer Helen Storey, and the DM18 x The Manchester Print Fair (last year’s shown above) at the Whitworth on October 20–21, with over 50 stalls and workshops.

Full details and tickets can be found here; Read our interview with Design Manchester co-founders Fiona McGarva and John Owens here


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