The Beirut Design Week 8th Edition was launched on July 1st under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture at its main venue hidden nestled between the walls of Starco monument.
Design and art aficionados, VIPs, media representatives, bloggers and influencers attended the opening ceremony and discovered this year’s “Design and Nostlagia” iconic venue and participating artists and designers out of the box creative work.
The venue was selected on purpose, in line with the theme; Starco stands tall in the heart of Downtown Beirut as a timeless monument. It became a familiar landmark but it also has broken the barrier between the past and the present. As BDW’s main venue, organizers aimed to honor its memory as a historical asset in Beirut
The Beirut Design Week 8th edition revealed the grand cru work of both local and international creative actors and leaders offering them a space to explore the relationship between nostalgia and the different design disciplines that have blossomed across the years and offering guests a mesmerizing glance at Beirut’s precious “golden days” while projecting a futuristic perspective of the Lebanese design industry.
Beirut Design Week 8th edition will last until Sunday the 7th of July.
The curated program will be held at STARCO, featuring a series of installations, exhibitions, talks and workshops by local & international creatives:
Here’s the list of talks we’re most excited about:
– Mathieu Le Sourd (MAOTIK) | French New Media Artist All-week exhibition
-Thomas Ollivier | Freelance creative and art director based in London All-week exhibition
-Moshtari Hilal | Visual artist from Hamburg All-week exhibition -Adra Kandil | Lebanese Art Director All-week exhibition
-Sarah Bahbah | Palestinian-Austrialian artist All-week exhibition
-Diletta Toniolo | Lecturer at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) July 2nd
-Johannes Torpe | Former Creative Director of Bang & Olufsen July 2nd
-Pascal Zoghbi | Lebanese Typographer July 3rd
– Sofiane Si Merabet | The Confused Arab | Franco- Algerian Cultural cartographer July 4th
-Ramsey Naja | CCO of J. Walter Thompson Middle East & Africa July 5th
-Nour Tabet | Senior Art Director at HUGE in Washington DC July 5th
-Lina Ghotmeh | Award-winning Franco-Lebanese Architect based in Paris July 6th
-Aoi Hasegawa | Course Leader of the Domus Academy Master in Interior Design July 6th
-Platau | Architecture and urbanism studio July 6th
-Alfred Tarazi | Acclaimed Lebanese Artist July 6th
In addition, a series of exhibitions and events organized by Beirut Design Week will take place across Beirut. Participants and their respective events are scheduled per region as follows:
July 1 BDW opening at STARCO
July 2 Hamra / Verdun / DownTown + Starco
July 3 Gemmayze / Mar Mikhael / Jisr El Wati + Starco
July 4 Badaro / Achrafieh / Monot + Starco
July 5 BDW main venue Starco
July 6 BDW main venue Starco
July 7 BDW sunset closing party
Over the years, Beirut Design Week has consistently managed to bring together creatives from different parts of Lebanon to express themselves in a novel way each year.
You can find more info right here