Barcelona Design Week transforms the city with a record program of more than 120 activities

June 7th, 2017

The 12th edition of the Barcelona Design Week It is being held in the city from June 6 to 14, with a program of more than 120 activities, a record figure for Design Week, which represents a 50% growth compared to the last edition. The annual event, organized by BCD Barcelona Design Center with the support of the City Council of Barcelona, plans to exceed 20.000 participants in the last edition.

This year, 89 organizers have wanted to join this initiative and have made possible a program that exceeds 100 activities, among which are 33 exhibitions, 21 workshops, 20 conferences and 22 presentations, as well as circuits, inaugurations, networking activities, performances and parties, among others.

Analyzing the Design Week program by district, Sant Martí - Poblenou stands out as the city's creative nucleus. Up to 40 activities are concentrated in this area, most of which will be held on Saturday, June 10, on the occasion of Poblenou Design Day, one of the most outstanding novelties presented this year by Barcelona Design Week.

During the presentation, the Second Deputy Mayor, Jaume Collboni, explained that “a line of work to promote the city in the design and fashion environment has been launched in collaboration with the private sectors, to give a new impetus to the city ". "We want to promote the creative industries to make Barcelona a center linked to innovation, technology and design," he added.

Under the title 'Transforming society', this year's BDW aims to disseminate and value design as a tool for transforming society and as a key factor for innovation, sustainability and improvement of people's quality of life. In this sense, the President of the BCD, Pau Herrera, pointed out that "design is a transformative element that can respond to the current challenges of society".

For his part, Jaume Collboni stressed that this edition of the Barcelona Design Week "It highlights design as a tool for social transformation for a more inclusive and sustainable city."

BDW Program 2017
On June 6 at the Disseny Hub Barcelona auditorium, BDW 2017 opened its doors with the inaugural conference 'Design for a better world: Betting on the future of Africa through creativity' by Ravi Naidoo, creator of Design Indaba and CEO of Interactive Africa.

The 'Krea. Different views in creative processes', curated by Curro Claret and Martín Azúa. In this living exhibition, the public has the opportunity to enter an exhibition that does not speak of generosity or charity, but of a genuine interest in the value that creativity brings from the unique life situations and experiences of groups at risk of social exclusion.

Other highlights of this year's program are: the BDW Congress, on June 12 and 13, entitled 'Transforming Society'; the conference 'Design and Research for Health', on June 9, through which the Design Cluster wants to contribute to promoting how research in design can generate innovation in the field of health; and the Talent Show, on June 14, an event that wants to give visibility to the emerging talent of the next generations of designers, in which the following participate: BAU, ELISAVA, EINA, IED, LCI, Escuela Massana, IDEP, ESDAP and ESDI.


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