Design Month Graz 2013: How Design Inspires Economy

Design Month Graz 2013 will take place from May 2 until June 2 this year. The motto “multifaceted, unlimited, restless” bundles more than 50 events and projects in a dense program. The economic relevance of design as well as a strong international orientation form this year”s focus.

Design Month Graz 2013: How Design Inspires Economy

Design Month Graz 2013

The fifth Design Month Graz will be taking place from May 3 until June 2, 2013 this year. Coordinated by Creative Industries Styria, a variety of events, festivals, discussions, conferences and exhibitions will take place under the motto “facettenreich, grenzenlos, rastlos” (multifaceted, unlimited, restless). The result: local designers, firms and international guests will present a cross section of their work in the area of Graz in order to make the value and benefit of design come alive for a broad audience. This year”s focus is the economic factor of design. With guest contributions from Nagoya, Poland, Rumania, London and with several single contributions from all over Europe, a strong interconnection with designers and the creative location Graz will be fostered.

Program Highlights
The opening will be on May 3, 2013 at designHalle (across the shopping mall Citypark). This 2000 square meter location proved itself last year and will accommodate several exhibitions with free access to the public, such as the installation “Nagoya Design meets Graz”, the touring exhibition “Werkzeuge für die Designrevolution”, as well as the exhibition “Unpolished – Yound Design from Poland”. Additionally, the international “European Design Business Dialogue” will be taking place during the opening weekend where prestigious lecturers like Airbus chief designer Paul Edwards and Kone Art Director Anne Stenros will dedicate themselves to the strategic meaning of design. Beyond that, traditional kick-off events at Design Month are the fashion and design festival “assembly”, the “lecture days” by FH Joanneum Graz and the “springfestival” for electronic art and music. An overview about all program items is offered by 100-pages Design Month Magazine, by a handy pocket guide and by the website More than 60,000 visitors are expected at the different exhibitions, lectures, conferences, workshops and festivals.

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Creative Industries Styria was initiated in 2007 as a network organisation. It creates awareness for the creative sector on a regional and on an international level. As an active co-creator of the structural change to a knowledge-based manufacturing society, it initiates and coordinates key projects and initiatives of the creative industries. It is a cooperation and contact partner for institutions and companies, which want to implement creative concepts. The realization of those concepts is supported through project-related consulting and networking. With Design being an integrated process for product and service innovation, the creative industry takes over a cross-section function in terms of strengthening the innovation processes of companies. It also plays a crucial role for the site development and for the emergence of innovative milieus.

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