Manifesta 13
Aug 28 – Nov 29 all-day
Manifesta 13

Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, which originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social change following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration.

Manifesta 13 investigates emerging developments in contemporary art, set within a European context presenting new aspects and forms of artistic expression.

Manifesta has developed into a platform for dialogue between art and society by inviting the cultural and artistic community to produce new creative experiences with, and for, the context in which it takes place.

Manifesta rethinks the relations between culture and society investigating and catalysing positive social change in Europe through contemporary culture in a continuous dialogue with the social sphere of a specific place.

Manifesta was founded by the Dutch art historian, Hedwig Fijen. Each new edition is fundraised individually and managed by a mix of a permanent international team and local specialists.

Manifesta 13 Marseille

Manifesta 13 Marseille is divided into three different, yet connected, programmes that have been created over the past two years and are constantly evolving.

At the heart of Manifesta 13 Marseille stands Traits d’union.s, the leading biennial programme conceptualised and brought together by Manifesta’s Artistic Team comprised of four outstanding practitioners in their fields of contemporary art and architecture. Traits d’union.s will officially open its doors on the 7th of June to the greater public yet will also have a public programme in the lead up to the biennial as of October 2019. The pre-biennial urban study Le Grand Puzzle forms a blueprint for the artistic concept of Manifesta 13 Marseille.

Secondly, Le Tiers Programme, an initiative of Manifesta’s Education and Mediation department that has been created together with educators, mediators, artists, researchers, teachers and other inhabitants of Marseille. Discover here the programme.

Lastly, Les Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta’s collateral projects and events highlight the plethora of rich and diverse cultural initiatives in Marseille and its region. Les Parallèles du Sud will run throughout the biennial time period. So, international creative participants will temporarily move to the South of France as to be part of Manifesta 13 Marseille.

Sep 25 – Oct 6 all-day

The 14. Edition of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK takes place from September 25 to October 4, 2020.

During ten days each autumn VIENNA DESIGN WEEK proves that Vienna is a „City Full of Design“. Overlooked corners of the city turn into stages for design, both critical and playful approaches, entry-level communication and professional discourse explore new perspectives on the objects around us and design as well as manufacturing processes are revealed often in experimental ways specific to their location.

Light & Building @ Messe Frankfurt
Sep 27 – Oct 2 all-day

At Light + Building the industry presents every two years the latest products for the fields of lighting, electrical engineering as well as home and building automation. It is the industry hotspot for architects, planners, electrical installers, retailers and the real estate sector from all over the world.

Premiere showcase, industry meeting place and business forum: Light + Building is the stage for the latest lighting trends and a source of inspiration for building services technology. From September 27th to October 2nd 2020 Frankfurt am Main is the place where premieres are celebrated and trends are set.

EDIT Napoli
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day

EDIT Napoli is an innovative design fair created to support, promote and celebrate a new generation of designers. It focuses on the rise of the designer-maker who is at the forefront of a movement that is challenging the traditional chain of production and distribution.

EDIT Napoli selects a specific group of international, independent producers, craftsmen and enlightened manufacturers, emerging as an autonomous force in contemporary design.

Dubai Design Week @ Dubai Design District (d3)
Nov 9 – Nov 14 all-day
Dubai Design Week @ Dubai Design District (d3) | Dubai | Dubai | United Arab Emirates


This year, Dubai Design Week will again take place at its main hub in Dubai Design District (d3), presenting original experiences with physical distancing measures in place and with a focus on addressing the role of the creative community in redefining the way we will live in the near and far future.

Adapting to new realities and current shifts, the festival will offer new opportunities for the creative community by giving centre stage to the local and regional talent. The revised programme includes an open call for the Abwab 2020 pavilion, a new UAE-designer focused exhibition, a thematic focus for outdoor installations and public interventions and a hybrid talks programme that challenges pressing topics and creates dialogue, continuing to engage our global audiences.

Dubai Design Week is the region’s largest creative festival, reflecting Dubai’s position as design capital of the Middle East.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. Dubai Design Week is the largest creative festival in the Middle East, reflecting Dubai’s position as the regional capital of design. The six-day programme is made up of events covering a range of design disciplines including architecture, product, furniture, interior and graphic design, the majority of which are free to attend and accessible for both industry and public.

Dubai Design Week provides an accessible meeting point for the global design community, a platform for regional design and acts as a catalyst for the growth of the creative community in Dubai and the UAE. The 2018 edition attracted 75,000 visitors to d3 alone who attended the varied programme of design-related events, exhibitions, performances, awards, talks, workshops and experiences.

Key components of Dubai Design Week include the region’s leading design fair, Downtown Design; Global Grad Show, which brings together projects from 100 of the most innovative universities across the world; Abwab, the curated and interactive project containing original design from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia; alongside an extensive talks and workshop programme.

Cementing Dubai as a creative capital of the region and positioning Dubai as a central meeting point, reaffirming Dubai as a global gateway city, Dubai Design Week aims to provide a dynamic environment where design meets opportunity and a platform for enabling the region’s talent and growing the creative community, enabling economic diversity and development as well as increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design.

Barcelona Design Week
Nov 17 – Nov 26 all-day

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Barcelona Design Week has to change its dates, from June 9-18 to November 17-26.

The type of event will also be different, according to the situation at the moment and the authorities’ recommendations.

In this 15th edition, Barcelona Design Week will be focused more than ever in the citizenship of Barcelona, the city and its districts, throughout the participation of businesses, entities, gastronomic spaces and cultural spaces.

This will be a Design Week where the design will be appreciated as the biggest local talent, and we will reflect on the changes we are affronting as a society after this crisis.

Xavier Marcé, Tourism and Creative Industries councillor of Barcelona city council, has stressed “the strategic significance of this sector for the city of Barcelona and the will to strengthen its potential to contribute to the transformation and recovery of the industrial network”.

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


Design Shanghai @ Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
Nov 26 – Nov 29 all-day
Design Shanghai @ Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center | Shanghai Shi | China

Design Shanghai is Asia’s leading international design event, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in Asia’s ever-growing design community. Showcasing the best design brands and galleries from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network, exchange and establish long-term business relations with Asia’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers, collectors and private buyers.

Design Shanghai aims to explore how eastern and western design philosophies can work together synergistically across the six design sections: Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectibles, Kitchen & Bathroom, Workplace and New Materials & Applications. The event also features bespoke installations, an inspirational design forum and exciting networking events.

Design Shanghai has fast earned its position alongside the most established design events in the world, and become one of the must-see events in the international design calendar.

Art Basel Miami @ Miami Beach Convention Center
Dec 3 – Dec 6 all-day

In the American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.

ARKEDA @ Mostra Oltremare
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day
FOAID Mumbai @ MMRDA Grounds
Dec 11 – Dec 12 all-day
FOAID Mumbai @ MMRDA Grounds | Mumbai | Maharashtra | India

FOAID is the most important Architecture and Interior Design Festival in India.

Festival of Architecture & Interior Designing (FOAID) has, in its six-year run, created a niche for itself through credible recognition as one of the most looked forward to celebrations of design.

The field of architecture and design in India boasts of some honourable names and FOAID is proud of being associated with prominent architects and interior designers, gen-next design professionals, and design students through a series of concurrent events.

FOAID 2020 edition is geared up to welcome over 6000 design professionals and 1000+ registered delegates across 2 cities:

New Delhi – 18 -19 September 2020

Mumbai – 11-12 December 2020

Young designers will actively interact with industry stalwarts at the power-packed Design Manthan conference.

Above all, 30,000 sq. ft. Design Arena exhibition will be a witness to a stellar collection of professional works. However student installations, art galleries, and innovative products from leading brands across the field of design.

Certainly, FOAID celebrates the ingenuity of design, best experienced through scintillating conversations with well-minded peers.

In short, it offers unmatched opportunities to up and coming designers and ignites inspiration for visitors to think beyond.

No other festival brings together everyone from design students to established professionals under such an elaborate format.

To sum up, FOAID is the exhibition where innovation is manifested through path-breaking initiations.