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Beirut Design Week 2016

Beirut Design Week is held annually across Beirut City, featuring exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studios showcasing the work of local and international designers operating within Lebanon. The event focuses on creative economies, intercultural exchange, design education and design entrepreneurship.

Beirut Design Week is organized by the MENA Design Research Center. The Center is focused on promoting a diverse understanding of design through the implementation of design research and collaborative multidisciplinary projects in the region.

‘(The first) Beirut Design Week 2012 was a milestone for the Lebanese design entrepreneurial community. Its success has allowed us to establish a unique platform for designers of all fields in Lebanon’ , ‘By focusing this year on Creative Economies we are furthering our cause to identify Beirut the official Design Capital of the MENA region’.

The event offers a much more interactive experience than traditional trade shows. ‘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’.

Beirut Design Week serves as a platform of cultural exchange between the city and the rest of the world. Since 2013 the event has also been organized in such a way that each day is 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.

Detailed program here: