The London Design Festival was established in 2003 to ‘celebrate and promote London as the creative capital of the world, and as the gateway to the UK’s world-class creative community’. Now in its forth year, the Festival has grown quickly - in 2005 the two-week programme was made up 170 events and exhibitions staged by 150 ‘partner’ organisations across the city.
The Festival interprets design broadly, championing over 20 different design disciplines, and acts as the annual umbrella event for the whole sector. The Festival is now one of biggest of its kind in the world and is a fixture on the international calendar. The diversity of world-class design talent in London is one of the key strengths of the city over other global design centres – the London Design Festival brings this talent to the fore every year.
Contributions to the Festival programme are made by a diverse range of partner organisations within the design community – they range from design businesses to trade bodies, galleries, retailers, museums, campaign groups, government bodies, media organisations and of course individual designers.
The Festival is both a public and a trade event. Projects staged as part of the Festival range from major international exhibitions to trade events to local showcases, to talks and seminars, alongside receptions, launches, private views and parties. The vast majority of events are free of charge for participants.
The Festival is open, inclusive and international in its outlook. It attempts to bring the widest possible range of interests together to explore issues, do business, exchange ideas, explore and have fun.
All of this is made possible by the fact London is one of, if not the, most creative city in the world. Its mature, established, multitalented and diverse creative sector acts as a magnet to others from across the UK and around the world.