Open Week 2017

Open Week 2017

Gothenburg Design Festival: Powered by HDK
20 – 26 November 2017


Gothenburg Design Festival is a new initiative powered by HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts, and sets to run as a yearly event. The festival, through its OPEN WEEK, will include the annual degree show for Design, the Open House day and ­­extend to a series of exhibitions, workshops, educational classes and talks. During this week, HDK and partners will provide access to a range of events that disseminate and generate further insight to HDK’s creative output and teachings in relation to the theme of ‘Open’.

During OPEN WEEK national and international art schools, cultural organizations, industry and international practitioners will be offered an opportunity to exchange thoughts and initiatives concerning design and arts education role in civil society. OPEN WEEK will engage diverse local and regional communities including universities and schools, the cultural and educational sectors of Göteborgs Stad, creative communities, businesses and the broader public.

To display the diversity of activities at HDK, OPEN WEEK will play a central role in creating new and alternative platforms to stage degree projects from the design programmes and participatory initiatives for students to host talks, film screenings, workshops and events. As an axis for design learning, the OPEN WEEK will also extend beyond graduates to become an important focus for staff and alumni to share knowledge in a variety of formats and contexts.

During the OPEN WEEK, HDK will present exhibitions and events at a number of locations in and around the city. An online publishing platform will invite partners to share and archive a wide range of content generated through the planning, development and presentation of the week.

OPEN WEEK will coincide with the exhibition of the world’s largest monetary design prize, the Söderberg Prize, this year displayed at the City Library.