May 5-12, 2019
The program includes the organization of exhibitions, workshops, presentations, tours and competitions . It’s individual actions are spread in as many venues as possible in Thessaloniki, in ways that create greater involvement of the wider public, and are included in the following thematic sections and areas.
Digital technologies in design that now affect every aspect of the production, will be presented at HELEXPO’s Pavilion 10. Companies and startups, universities and research centers such as the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and the Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas (CERTH), along with the General Secretariat for Youth of the Ministry of Education, Life Long Learning, and Religion, communities and teams, form a full program with presentations, speeches and workshops.
All the trends of the creative industry and the communities moving in these spaces, exchange experiences and reflections that already shape our future.
The Greek Graphic Design and Illustration Awards (ΕΒGΕ) 2019 ceremony, the annual institution honoring visual communication and graphic designers, will take place at Thessaloniki Concert Hall on the 5th of May. In collaboration with ThessDW, MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki will host a grand exhibition of the ΕΒGΕ Awards, as well as a poster and postcard exhibition featuring creations of 10+10 graphic designers from Thessaloniki and Istanbul, with “water” being their common thread.
Seminars and workshops, such as “Branding and Rebranding Cities and Destinations” by Thessaloniki Τourism Organization will supplement the ThessDW events on the subject of visual identity and its contemporary aspects.
Architectural plans and redevelopment projects, as well as artistic or product design works/projects/objects, will be exhibited at the MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts (former Contemporary Arts Center) at Pier 1 of the Harbor of Thessaloniki.
Proposals from the International Open Call of Thessaloniki’s Design Week, as well as graduate and postgraduate architects’ plans, shape the ideas that transform existing/abandoned spaces and areas into new shelters for culture, entertainment and other uses.
In addition, artistic interventions in city’s venues, create a new perspective on existing sites and buildings.
Using our experience and Design history, we tackle the challenge for new ideas. The Hellenic Design Centre and the LABattoir project, co-organize the International Conference Innovation ID 2019 on the 7th of May, at the premises of LABattoir (Old Municipal Slaughterhouse). We will analyze Design as a user-centered problem-solving methodology, presenting innovative approaches that are used by leading companies around the world – tangible examples, best practices, Design Sprints.
Post-Industrial Design – The LABattoir Case follows on the 8th of May, in collaboration with the Graduate Program “Post-Industrial Design” of the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly, and focuses on the issue of post-industrial design through a workshop on the main axes of LABattoir – practice and theory of post-industrial design, theory of art for social change, and informal education & experiential learning.
The Thessaloniki Film Festival participates in the Thessaloniki Design Week 2019 events with a two-day screening of films that highlight the charm of design in various fields of human life, thus framing in film the profile of this year’s edition.
The activities of the Thessaloniki Design Week will conclude with the Closing Party in an ideal setting fostering the exchange of ideas between the participants and the public discussing the festival’s transpiring impressions.
During the weekend 11th-12th of May, the parallel event Made in Thessaloniki surrounded by relevant workshops and contests will present its affiliate spaces and the work of a plethora of creators from the entire spectrum of new productive and artistic activities of Thessaloniki in order to highlight the local and national emergent work force.
Meanwhile, the Be Your City’s Tourist initiative will showcase the new trends of hosting services, in small or larger units leading the thriving tourist field. The OPEN HOUSE Thessaloniki and its volunteers have undertaken the organization of the tours, presentations, and workshops in order to provide an unforgettable experience to all attendees.
The participants of Thessaloniki Design Week (ThessDW) will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of venues and selections concerning gastronomy and entertainment which have placed Thessaloniki on the international map of visitors.
The menu includes presentations of the designers, the creators, and the chefs, as well as tastings for small groups of participants during the entirety of ThessDW.