Winnipeg Design Festival begins Wednesday

Running from September 17-22, 2014, the Winnipeg Design Festival celebrates contemporary design in the city of Winnipeg; curates and promotes design, making, art and ideas; connects professionals, designers, artists, industry and the public; creates dialogue between festival participants and the creative professions; and builds a culture of appreciation for design in Winnipeg.

As part of the Storefront Manitoba’s mandate to advance the awareness and appreciation of design and the built environment, the Winnipeg Design Festival (WDF) is an annual open and public event that welcomes all.

There are several featured events, including Ask an Architect, taking place on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Attendees can bring their plans, photos and sketches to get a 15-minute critique with an architect! 

Be part of building the largest collaborative sculpture in Winnipeg with Joinery on Friday, September 19th.

The mayoral race is heating up, so it’s time to ask what do the candidates think about design in Winnipeg? On Wednesday, September 17th, the Winnipeg Design Festival presents FRONTlines: Mayoral Candidate’s Forum on Design at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café. Moderated by Dan Lett, candidates will be questioned by Brent Bellamy, Peter Sampson and Richard Brownscombe on topics like urban sprawl, Portage and Main, urban design, transportation systems, planning policy, and more.

Taking on this year’s PLAY theme, Art City is pairing up kids in their program with design professionals to help plan & build a model of the kids’ dream homes on Wednesday, September 17th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces into public places…at least until the meter runs out! This is happening on Portage Avenue on Friday, Check it out on Portage Avenue on Friday, September 19th.

Participate in a collaborative chalk art mural in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. The street will become a canvas as Albert Street is closed between Bannatyne and McDermot Avenues. Help turn the street into a piece of temporary community art. Featured local artists will be participating alongside guests of the general public.

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