According to its organizers, the Beirut Design Week is the largest growing design festival in the MENA region. Hosted in various locations, this event showcases the best Lebanese, regional and international designs with the goal of promoting the works of the country’s creative entepreneurs. This event goes through different neighborhoods and disciplines, holding more than 150 events. The latter include workshops, exhibitions, conferences, and social and networking opportunities.
This year, for its seventh edition, the theme is “Design & The City: _____”. Numerous designers, writers, artists, students and educators will meet up and discuss design’s role in various topics such as social change, the environment, fair-use, governance, and access. Beirut Design Week is taking place in 7 different locations, proving that the event pops up in different parts of Beirut, but Lebanon as well. Starting on the 22nd of June, the opening night is held at Beit Beirut. The rest of the event, until the 29th of June, is held in Hamra and Verdun, Tripoli, Badaro and Jisr El-Wati, Downtown, Saifi and Gemmayze, Achrafieh, Mar Mikhael, and Karantina and Naher El-Mot.
This year’s event will focus on local movements, addressing numerous questions that have a direct influence on our everyday lives. More specifically, debates will focus on the city’s environmental ecosystem, a reconstruction of a post-war city, and the role of technology in tackling these issues.