The  2nd Thessaloniki Design Week  was organized from October 13-19, 2021. The event was a great success, receiving lots of positive feedback from visitors, participants, as well as the organizations that contributed to its implementation. Through a broad variety of events, ThessDW managed to generate a dialogue on the issues of design, creation and production.

  •  310 creators from Greece and 17 other countries
  • 1 International Conference  with 5 speakers and
    850 participants (live or online streaming)
  •  20 workshops  with  320 participants 
  •  16 speeches presentations
  •  6 exhibitions in museums and cultural venues
  •  32 companies, institutions, schools, fab labs
  • tours in  30 creative venues  
  •  4 competitions, open invitations, awards
  •  60 volunteers  
  • 6,500 viewers from all over the world

 Innovation  is seeing
what everybody has seen
and   thinking  
what nobody has thought.

Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986)


About Design

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The general concept of design concerns almost every scale of space, objects and images that surround us, touching our senses as well as every aspect of our everyday life.

Design, however, is not just what we see; it’s a lot more than that. It is a process, but also a result. It is the human ability to set goals and find ways to achieve them. Design, as an image, sense and contemporary expression, impacts on a multitude of activities of the society, on the content of a city and ultimately determines the quality of life and daily routine of its inhabitants.

Design enters into a number of areas: from large scale and architecture to the design of small objects, from business promotion and branding to the artistic work and its forms. It enters into all aspects of well-being, everything that surrounds us and we move within, everything we carry or wear, the new technologies and the information we receive or transmit daily in the digital era.

The fields of design as they have been internationally defined:

 Creativity  is
thinking up new things.
 Innovation  is
doing new things.
Theodore Levitt (1925-2006)

About Innovation

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Design Innovation is the creation of designs that are a “leap” forward. Innovation is technological and cultural evolution; the never-ending struggle to solve simple and complex problems for the benefit of the individual. This includes traditional design fields, but also the use of design and design thinking to achieve innovation in fields such as architecture, engineering and software development. The following are  common types of design innovation :


Objectives & Vision


Thessaloniki Design Week has been established as an institution for the city, giving the chance of expression, reflection and synergies in all areas and aspects of creativity. It constitutes a space of opportunities and extroversion for the entrepreneurship of the city in many ways. Multiple benefits are gained more widely in various areas, such as tourism and culture, from an event whose internationalization may generate high attendance.

Thessaloniki Design Week’s  core objectives , through a series of events are:

  • to highlight the significant potential of the city and country on all aspects of design,
  • to reinforce and introduce new process models for the creation and design of products and services,
  •  to develop research, concerns, dynamics and quests for all applications that entail design,
  • to create opportunities and prospects for linking creativity to entrepreneurship, production process, the domestic and international market, and give new alternatives to the creators under the current circumstances.

The vision of Thessaloniki Design Week is to operate on many levels as a  participatory platform  for a wide range of entities, entrepreneurs, individuals, scientists and teams of the creative industry, as an opportunity to develop research and innovation and to produce new suggestions and ideas, products and services; as a tool of expression, education and professional development, as well as extroversion of the city and its potential, connecting it to the corresponding institutions, entities and events abroad.

Emphasis is given to the development of collaborations with similar events and institutions, to the presentation-professional promotion of products and services of Greek artists abroad, to the promotion-export of Greek productions, events, exhibitions, to the development of synergies for the participation in Greek and European programs and, generally, to the pursuit of any form of collaboration in order to showcase and promote Greek creativity.

Some of the main objectives  are also:

  • The inclusion of Thessaloniki in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
    ● The preservation and exploitation of the industrial and productive heritage of the city and country in sectors where design playsa key role
    ● The connection of the scientific and productive manpower of Greek expatriates with the respective manpower in Greece, through collaborations and shared projects.


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