Design Manchester 15

Design Manchester 15

This October sees the triumphant return of Manchester’s creative festival Design Manchester, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, film, animation and photography. Now entering its third year, the ever-growing festival has become a staple of the city’s diverse and thriving cultural calendar, whilst also functioning as a highlight for creatives across the UK. With a theme of Know How, events for 2015 span the realms of Design How, Design Now, Film How, Music How and more, which together build a rich programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, debates and a full weekend celebrating the love of print.

There will be a series of exclusive talks, including Design How, which welcomes key figures in the design industry including independent creative agency Territory, global design firm IDEO, London-based design studio Hudson-Powell, Brand & Motion agency Territory Studio, Director of design at the Government Digital Service Ben Terrett and Clive Grinyer, User Experience Director at Barclays.

Music How is an evening in conversation with some of Manchester’s musical legends, New Order’s Stephen Morris will discuss his illustrious career spanning over 30 years, following the release of New Order’s new album Music Complete. He’ll be joined by a leading light of the UK live industry, Jon Drape, and writer, journalist, DJ and creative producer, Luke Bainbridge, who will talk about their work together organising the creative triumph that is Festival No 6.

Other highlights include Design Now which features Parisian illustrator Parisian Malika Favre, graphic design studio Hudson Powell and co-founder of Lemon Jelly and Airside Fred Deakin.

As a showcase of Print Now, Manchester Print Festival, supported G . F Smith, will take over the People’s History Museum across one weekend with over 50 stalls selling independent artwork, along with free hands-on workshops in letterpress, screen printing, origami, badge making, paper flower creations, doodle wall and collage work.

Last year’s festival boasted 19 sold out events, 1099 workshop attendees and over 20,000 visitors, as well as a total of 20 original works and highlights including speakers Adrian Shaughnessy, Rejane Dal Bello, Supermundane’s Rob Lowe, Ross Phillips, and Michael C Place of Build, plus an adidas Spezial exhibition showcasing 800 pairs of collectors’ footwear, and a one-day installation of Helen Storey’s Dress of Glass and Flame.

Design Manchester 15 is supported by Arts Council England, the Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, and Manchester City Council.

For further information, announcements, updates and ticket information please visit designmcr.com

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Luke Tonge

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