Beirut Design Week 2013 will be held across Beirut City, featuring exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studios showcasing the work of local and international designers operating within Lebanon. This year’s event will focus on creative economies, intercultural exchange, design education and design entrepreneurship. Beirut Design Week is organized by the MENA Design Research Center, an organization cofounded by Doreen Toutikan and Maya Karanouh and incubated by TAGbrands, a regional branding and design agency. The Center is focused on promoting a diverse understanding of design through the implementation of design research and collaborative multidisciplinary projects in the region.
“Beirut Design Week is different from a fair or one-off event because it encourages people to explore with a map and a route showcasing the creative talent in our city, while engaging with designers through workshops, talks and open studios. We will also be providing the opportunity to introduce the public to all the new designers breaking through in the local scene, starting off with the Newcomer’s Exhibition as our opening event in Atelier NS in Mar Mikhael on June 24” said cofounder of the MENA Design Research Center, Doreen Toutikan.
She adds that “design can be used solve many issues which face our society today and by helping to develop our design scene and encourage interaction and cross-collaboration with other industries we can find real and innovative solutions to improve life for our population”.
Beirut Design Week will serve as a platform of cultural exchange between the city and the rest of the world. This year the event has also been organized in such a way that each day will be dedicated to a certain part of the city, with a program allowing the audience to explore every area of the city without missing out on any of the events.
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