Detroit Design Festival 2016

Detroit Design Festival 2016

The sixth-annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF), an annual citywide celebration of creativity and design, will take place September 21 to 25, 2016. With a focus on "Designing Detroit's Future," this year's event will bring together designers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit's recent designation as the first and only recognized UNESCO City of Design in the United States.

"We are thrilled to host the Detroit Design Festival celebrating our new designation, Detroit City of Design," said Melinda Anderson, DDF Creative Director. "This year's festival will showcase independent designers with beloved signature events like Eastern Market After Dark and Light Up Livernois, but it will also incorporate a new Design Summit where local and international leaders will help us further embrace and promote the design strength that resides in Detroit."

Detroit is one of only 22 cities worldwide to be named as Cities of Design in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The UNESCO designation acknowledges Detroit's design heritage and strong commitment to using its creative sector to drive sustainable and equitable growth in the city.

"Detroit's designation as a UNESCO City of Design is a call to action to those that see the opportunity for a more equitable, sustainable and innovative city," said Olga Stella, Executive Director of DC3. "Bringing Detroit City of Design to life will take time and many partners, but we urge everyone to join us at this September's Detroit Design Festival to begin the conversation about what this designation could mean for our community."

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