Sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, organized by Shenzhen Association for International Culture Exchanges and Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office, the first Shenzhen Design Week kicks off on April 21. Over 200 designers and international authorized design institutions will participate in this event and will trigger off a “Design Storm” in Shenzhen.
The opening ceremony of the first Shenzhen Design Week wowed the audience with a spectacular 3-D stereoscopic effect that employed 14 high-definition projectors at the Shekou i-Factory on Friday.
More than 2,000 works by over 200 designers from home and abroad are on show at the exhibition.
The presence of well-known international designers and officials from authoritative international institutes, such as David Grossman, president of International Council of Design, Luisa Bocchietto, president-elect of World Design Organization, Frank Peters, Chief Executive of Chartered Society of Designers, Denis Laming, French world-class architectural design master, Li Xiao-gan, member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC and the city’s publicity chief, Wu Yi-huan, Deputy Mayor and Wang Pu, Vice-chairman of Political Consultative Committee, is also one of the highlights of the design week.
Under the theme “Design for the Future, it encompasses 45 events in total, including the “Design•Future” themed exhibition, Global “City of Design” Exhibition and “Design Market”, ranging from innovations, life, exchange, vision to communication will be held to showcase the allure of design.
From April 21 to 28, over 200 high-profile designers from dozens of foreign countries, including America, England, France, Canada, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Maxico, Japan and Singapore, etc, as well as domestic cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Macao and Taipei, etc, will meet at Shenzhen. More than 2,000 works are on show at the exhibition.
On the first day of Shenzhen Design Week, numerous forums like “Design for the Future- Global Dialogue”were held. Also the detailed regulations of the first“Shenzhen Global Design Award”was announced. The result of the awards will come out during the second Shenzhen Design Week next year.
One of the outdoor exhibitions of Shenzhen Design Week: “Bubble Station” presented by Taipei project team.
(Photo by Chen Wen, reporters from China News)
Shenzhen is the first China city which has been recognized by UNESCO as the “City of Design” and Shenzhen’s influence and right of discourse within the international design industry keeps rising. Having Milan, New York, Paris and London as reference on Design Week, Shenzhen Municipal Government made the decision to organize an annual Shenzhen Design Week. It is scheduled to be held in late April annually and last for around one week. “Design Creates Future” is selected to be the permanent theme of the Design Week.
“We hope that Shenzhen Design Week can be developed into a first-class and distinctive event which would be the Oscar of Design Industry within 5 to 8 years. Shenzhen Design Week fosters the communications and collaboration among global design industries to achieve win-win situation.”
In Li Xiao-gan’s speech, he commented that Shenzhen is a “City of Design” recognized by UNESCO. As a city representing open, innovation, green and goodwill, Shenzhen adheres to its quality-oriented, innovation-driven and low-carbon develop concepts. Innovation becomes the main strategy in urban development. Shenzhen devotes to transform itself into a modern, international, innovative city and a centre of international technologies and innovative industries. Shenzhen highly values the organic combination of creative design and economics, science, culture and society. hence Shenzhen frequently organized events like the China Design Exhibition, Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents in association and cooperation with the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair and HK-SZ Design Biennale, to promote the development of cultural and creative industry. Li expects that Shenzhen Design Week can become a top-notch event for design industry within 10 years. Shenzhen Design Week fosters the communications and collaboration among global design industries to achieve win-win situation.
Currently, Shenzhen is home to over 100,000 creative design professionals. in which the cultural and creative industry accounted for more than 10% of GDP. In 2016, the value-added of Shenzhen cultural and creative industry reaches 1949 billions, increased by 11%.Shenzhen Design Week fully utilized the advantages that Shenzhen obtained in design field. Shenzhen Design Week is designated to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary platform for showcasing the result of design, reviewing awards, designers’ communications and collaboration, brand promotion, education and training and eventually to strengthen the international influence of Shenzhen design and its authorized status in design industry.
The government strives to build Shenzhen Design Week into another cultural brand for the city, following China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair and Shenzhen Reading Month.