Detroit was once known internationally primarily as the birthplace of the automobile manufacturing and music. Today, our great city known as one of the world’s foremost design cities according to UNESCO Creative Cities Network as their first City of Design in the United States in 2015. This year the Detroit Creative Corridor celebrates this important designation with artists from Detroit and around the world with the one of the top design festivals in the country kicking off on September 21. The sixth annual Detroit Design Festival will take place over five days with a focus on “Designing Detroit’s Future,” bringing together designers, community and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit’s recent designation.
“We are thrilled to host the Detroit Design Festival celebrating our new designation, Detroit City of Design,” said Melinda Anderson, DDF Creative Director. “This year’s festival will showcase independent designers with beloved signature events like Eastern Market After Dark and Light Up Livernois, but it will also incorporate a new Design Summit where local and international leaders will help us further embrace and promote the design strength that resides in Detroit.”
The Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment and is a time to celebrate the community’s commitment to design and inspire new ideas for the future. With a dizzying array of events to choose from during the festival, below are a few highlights that aren’t to be missed.
DETROIT CITY OF DESIGN SUMMIT
Wednesday, September 21 – Thursday, 22, 2016
2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Detroit City of Design Summit is a two-day convening for Detroit’s design community and international partners to explore what it means for Detroit to build a better city through the power of design. This event will consists of panel discussions, small group activity and interactive workshops. The cost for this event is $75 dollars which include breakfast and lunch. Space is limited and RSVP’s are required. Please visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com.
EASTERN MARKET AFTER DARK
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Eastern Market, DDF Info Booth in Shed 2
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The fifth-annual Eastern Market After Dark will feature more than 30 studios and galleries throughout the district will open their doors to the public. Sheds 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be open with interactive experiences, brand activations with Detroit’s up-and-coming designers, designer spotlights, installations, fashion show and parties. Pick up an Eastern Market After Dark map in Shed 2 for a complete list of events for the evening,
Featured events include:
• Eastern Market district: Murals in the Market
• Shed 2: Chrysler, Ally and Art Van Brand Activations, Alex Schweder’s “Hotel
Rehearsal” and food trucks
• Shed 3: AIA Celebration of Architecture
• Shed 4: A marketplace and food trucks
• Shed 5: Detroit Design Ball
GARY SIMMONS: INSTALLATION
Friday, September 23, 2016
1301 Broadway St, #101, Detroit, MI 48226
12 – 7 p.m. (and Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.)
Using icons and stereotypes of American popular culture, artist Gary Simmons creates works that address personal and collective experiences of race and class. In an immersive, environmental installation – his first independent work in Detroit – Simmons wallpapers the entire space in layers of self-created musical fly posters. Simmons’ quiet commentary on the manipulation of culture by digital content creates a complicated dialogue; touching politics, economics, personal freedoms, and identity.
Learn more: www.culturelabdetroit.org.
DETROIT AFRIKAN FUNKESTRA
Friday, September 23, 2016
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm
9227 Goodwin St, Detroit, Michigan 48211
6 – 9 p.m.
In celebration of the North End’s influential funk music legacy, Detroit Afrikan Music
Institution (DAMI) presents the Sound Space spectacular, Detroit Afrikan Funkestra. Join
DAMI for an unprecedented event featuring Detroit’s leading Afrofuturist music innovators, boasting live from an interstellar performance environment. For more information and to RSVP please call (313) 649-7756.
For more information on the Detroit Design Festival and the full event schedule please visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com.