It’s Designival!

Liverpool’s Designival conference is this Friday – speakers include Lance Wyman, Simon Manchipp, James Jarvis and Sara De Bondt, plus there are open studios, workshops and architecture tours

Liverpool’s Designival conference is this Friday – speakers include Lance Wyman, Simon Manchipp, James Jarvis and Sara De Bondt, plus there are open studios, workshops and architecture tours

Designival is a two-day festival from November 22 to 23. Organised by Liverpool creative agencies Smiling Wolf, Black & Ginger and Uniform, and supported by ACME/Liverpool Vision, it is the new name for the Design Symposium.

Day 1 features free open studio visits with various Liverpool creative companies opening their doors for a spot of networking and nosiness. From 2pm, there will also be a tour of Liverpudlian architectural highlights hosted by RIBA and, in the evening, at Blabmini Meets Kin, six creatives, including Marcus McCabe of Uniform and Gemma Germains of Mercy will each talk for 15 minutes on a subject of their choice.

Day 2 starts with a design breakfast at Camp and Furnace with DBA CEO Deborah Dawton as guest speaker. Thre Liverpool studios – Apposing, Milky Te and Uniform will then run masterclasses through the day. The main conference begins at 11am and runs through until 8.15pm. hings will be rounded-of with an after-party from 9pm hosted by design studio Mercy.

Tickets cost £65 for professionals, £25 for students.

All details are here


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