The London Design Festival

The world's most popular design festival is back this September as the London Design Festival celebrates its 20th edition. Peter Gray reports.

The front of the V&A

The London Design Festival is a showcase that draws on and celebrates the immense creativity of the capital’s design community.

The initiative is now in its 20th year and the festival continues to get bigger and better with hundreds of events ranging from installations, exhibitions, workshops, product launches and walking tours spread out across a diverse range of London venues.

Since 2009, the hub of the event has been the V&A with the museum putting together a consistently incredible programme of events that showcases the skill and diversity of the London design community.

However ultimately what has made the festival such a success is the incredible diversity of the Partner organisations – the museums, galleries, showrooms and production companies that create and inspire new designs and showcase what they do at the festival. In 2016 the festival organisers worked with as many as 300 individual partners on a multitude of festival events.

In recent years, the London Design Festival has become one of the largest commissioners of public art with new public installations unveiled at the Southbank Centre, Somerset House, Covent Garden, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, the V&A and Greenwich Peninsula.

The V&A has also played host to a range of new commissions with 14 specially commissioned installations debuting during the 16 years of the festival.

The London Design Festival was founded by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans in 2003. The pair wanted to celebrate the creativity of the London design community while championing new designers and designs. The festival has grown from its humble beginnings so that last year the festival had over 400 events and an audience of over 375,000 people from over 75 countries.

The programme for this year’s festival has not yet been announced but check back here in the next few months as we will share any information about the event as soon as we have it.

The 20th London Design Festival will take place in a variety of locations from the 17th to the 25th of September 2022. More information about the festival can be found here.

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What: festival of design
When: 17-25 Sept 22
Where: city wide