La Biennale di Venezia – 58th International Art Exhibition
May 11 – Nov 24 all-day

Open to the public from Saturday May 11th to Sunday November 24th 2019, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, the 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, will be curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The pre-opening will take place on May 8th, 9th and 10th, the awards ceremony and inauguration will be held on Saturday May 11th 2019.

Barcelona Design Week
Jun 12 – Jun 20 all-day

The Barcelona Design Week will open its doors from 12 to 20 June to celebrate the 14th edition, a new opportunity to live and enjoy an unmissable event on design, creativity and innovation in Barcelona and one of the most important Design Weeks of the international calendar.

The BDW is a member of the World Design Weeks network.

Design Parade @ villa Noailles
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
Design Parade @ villa Noailles | Hyères | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

Created in 2006, the Design Parade festival Hyères aims to share with the public and the professionals the contemporary creation in the field of design. A major point, the competition presents ten young designers every year offering them unique visibility and support. The festival is also a moment of sharing, encounters and discoveries.

Ten years after its older festival, launched in 2016, Design Parade Toulon follows the same goals. Devoted to interior design, it is the first competition and festival of its kind in France.

Henceforth, each summer, the villa Noailles organises Design Parade in two events: the first in Toulon, for interior design, and the second at Hyères, for design.

Design Parade will allow, over an extended weekend, for the fullest view of the decorative arts in contemporary design. The festival is also an opportunity to discover the heritage of these two neighbouring towns, which both offer an expression of the architectural and decorative wealth of the Var region.

Beirut Design Week
Jul 2 – Jul 7 all-day
Beirut Design Week

Established in 2012, Beirut Design Week is the largest growing design festival in the Middle East & North Africa. Bringing together more than 25,000 visitors at over 150 events in various locations around Beirut, BDW, now in its seventh consecutive year, showcases the best of Lebanese and international design in order to strengthen creative economies and foster entrepreneurship, all within the context of region’s rich cultural heritage. The main goal of the event is to encourage intercultural exchange, design education, social impact, and design entrepreneurship. BDW is initiated and organized by the MENA Design Research Center, a non-profit organization, which focuses on promoting a diverse understanding of design in the region through collaborative multidisciplinary projects and rigorous design research.

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo @ Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall
Jul 17 – Jul 19 all-day
Interior Lifestyle Tokyo @ Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall | Tokyo | Japan

Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd. organises Interior Lifestyle Tokyo in June / July while Japan Furniture Industry Development Association and Messe Frankfurt Japan IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living in November.

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo derives from two trade fairs – Ambiente, the largest consumer goods trade fair in the world, and Heimtextil, an international trade fair for household and commercial textiles.

We welcome over 800 exhibitors with a variety of products such as designed gift items, tableware, foods, jewellery and high-end furniture. These features of the fair attract a wide range of visitors, providing exhibitors with the opportunity to meet new buyers and expand their business.

Sónar+D @ Fira Montjuïc Barcelona
Jul 17 – Jul 20 all-day
Sónar+D @ Fira Montjuïc Barcelona | Barcelona | Catalunya | Spain

Sónar+D, the Congress dedicated to creative technologies, for one year only will be held next July, outside the academic calendar, on the 17, 18, 19 and 20 in parallel to Sónar by Day, at Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona.

20,000 attendees are expected at this year’s edition as well as nearly 5,000 professionals from 2,100 companies from more than 60 countries.

Among the first announced participants are teamLab, the interdisciplinary studio of immersive digital technology globally recognised for being at the forefront of the field of digital creation; Japan’s Daito Manabe and neuroscientist Yukiyasu Kamitani, who will present their unique research into the visualisation of emotions; a conference with Jessica Brillhart from Vrai Pictures presenting new experiences combining augmented reality and “spatialised” sound and Holly Herndon introducing Spawn, the artificial intelligence experiment that serves as an example of collaboration between humans and machines. The programme also features the success stories of CANADA (a game-changer in the direction of music videos and shorts), teenage engineering (the Swedish company that designs cult synthesizers) or the award-winning artistic video game Gris.

Sónar+D reinforces its formative dimension and doubles its offer of workshops and master classes by world-class creators, technologists and scientists. Thanks to the more than 1,000 placesavailable, attendees will be able to learn about the future of artistic experiences from 180 recognized experts and world-leading companies in experiential innovation. This year’s programme will reflect more than ever the academic approach that unites science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics: STEAM, in order to enhance the practical and theoreticalapproach of attendees to these disciplines through experiential learning, collaborative and immersive creation process.

Sónar+D currently has 2 open calls, the first of these is the Sónar+D Innovation Challenge, aimed at companies that want to launch a challenge to the community for the creation of prototypes that will be built and presented at Sónar+D. And secondly the call for the Exhibition Area of Sónar+D, aimed at artistic and cultural communities wishing to present devices, applications, interactive installations, virtual reality experiments and prototypes or new musical instruments.

Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day
INDEX @ DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE | Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Launched in 1990, INDEX is the Middle East & North Africa’s largest gathering for the design community. Connecting architects, interior designers, developers & procurement professionals with new brands, trend-setting start-ups & the biggest international names in the interior furnishings & fit-out scene across all industries.

The 2018 exhibition hosted 27,448 visitors from 91 countries, 566 exhibitors from 50 countries and 23 country pavilions across 6 key design sectors which took up 38,887 gross square metres at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In 2019, 7 of the region’s most influential design and hospitality focused exhibitions (including INDEX!) will come together for 3 days in Dubai to create The Middle East Design & Hospitality Week – which will take place from 17 – 19 September 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

INDEX is organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Materia Independent Design Festival
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day
Materia Independent Design Festival

La IV edizione del Materia Independent Design Festival, il più importante festival del design del Sud Italia, ideato e organizzato da Officine AD degli architetti catanzaresi Domenico Garofalo e Giuseppe Anania, si svolgerà a Catanzaro dal 19 al 22 settembre 2019, con uno speciale pre-opening il 18 settembre.

Il direttore artistico sarà il designer calabrese conosciuto sulla scena internazionale Antonio Aricò.

Il cuore della manifestazione sarà il Complesso Monumentale del San Giovanni. Gli eventi coinvolgeranno anche le Gallerie del San Giovanni, l’Ex-Stac, il museo Marca e il Parco della Biodiversità-Parco Internazionale della Scultura e altri luoghi identitari del capoluogo calabrese.

Beirut Design Fair
Sep 19 @ 3:11 pm – Sep 22 @ 4:11 pm
On the occasion of its 3rd edition, Beirut Design Fair invites the design aficionado and influencer to discover new, exciting ways to experience collectible Design, Architecture and Art found in private collections, workshops, exclusive visits of museums and studios in Beirut.
Amman Design Week
Oct 4 – Oct 12 all-day
Amman Design Week

Amman is a young city of massive potential, with many untapped stories, talents and ambitions. As such, it holds a unique opportunity to become an oasis for creativity, presenting a critical cross-section of design in the region and highlighting the diversity of Jordan’s rich cultural tapestry.

With 89,000‭ ‬attendees and over 160‭ ‬exhibitors and 50‭ ‬participating spaces‭, ‬Amman Design Week has become a hallmark event in the region‭.

Over the past two years, the event has brought local, regional, and international designers and innovators to Amman, and has provided free and open access to a series of large-scale curated exhibitions, student and community programs, workshops and talks, and city-wide cultural programs.

Conceived to be global from its inception, Amman Design Week adopted the ‘Design Week’ name in order to plug into a network of creative events around the world, while focusing its efforts on building and sustaining a local creative movement with social value.