We often hear that what happens in the past stays in the past. However, that’s not how Beirut Design Week (BDW) wants it to be. On July 2-7 at Starco Center in Downtown Beirut, BDW (organized by advertising agency The Creative Nine) will embrace long-gone days with a new theme: design and nostalgia. The event means to have the Lebanese creative community look into the history of art and design, and use it to propel itself onwards.
Beirut Design Week is a design festival and cultural platform first established by non-governmental association MENA Design Research Center in 2012, with the aim to encourage design education and entrepreneurship, intercultural exchange and social impact. The festival brings together entrepreneurs and designers from all over the MENA region, as well as Europe and the United States.
Throughout the festive week, BDW features over 150 events, including workshops, open studios, talks, film screenings, tours, exhibitions, public interventions, conferences, and social and networking opportunities. Moreover, BDW goes to the streets and alleys of different areas in Beirut (such as Downtown Beirut, the Beirut Souks, Saifi Village, Mar Mikhael, Gemmayzeh, Sursock, Achrafieh, Hamra, Bourj Hammoud, the Industrial City, Karantina, Jisr el-Wati, and the seaside) and lights up the streets every day.