DDW theme announced

Every year,  the Dutch Design Foundation organises the largest design event in Northern Europe. Dutch Design Week (DDW) 2018 will present the work and concepts of over 2.600 designers and hopes to welcome more than 335.000 local and international visitors.

The 17th edition of DDW is starting to take shape with just under seven weeks to go until it opens. This year it will be held from 20-28 October. This year’s theme has been revealed as ‘If not us, then who?’. Part of the programme is also already on their website.

If not us, then who?

‘Designers think up solutions, create innovations, are pioneers, and make things tangible and functional. They look at their surroundings and the world in a unique way”, says Dutch Design Foundation Director, Martijn Paulen. This offers opportunities, but with this comes enormous responsibilities; for designers, but also for policymakers, clients, users, and governments. “It is up to us all to embrace and stimulate these creative solutions, and that includes you”, says Martijn. If not you, then who? Together we decide how the world will look. Now it’s our turn; If not us, then who?’

DDW has launched an all-new website. This content platform was designed in collaboration with Vruchtvlees, a digital design agency based in The Hague. It will include, for example, background articles, interviews, news items, videos, and podcasts – from and for designers and experts in the field of design. In the run-up to, and during the event, the programme will be the central theme.

DDW Music Festival

This year’s event will again feature a fully-fledged music programme. During the DDW Music Festival more than 90 national and international artists will be performing on stages across the city. There will be Thai funk, folk music and everything in between. A DDW Festival ticket gives access to all DDW and DDW Music Festival hotspots (excluding specials). See the full line-up here.

Volunteers needed

DDW is also looking for volunteers who have a passion for design and who would you like to get in touch with a diverse audience of people from all over the world. Volunteers would also be able to earn a volunteers fee or get study credits as well as a free DDW Ticket that covers all nine days of the event. Click here for more information about the different vacancies.

Tickets for this nine-day-long design extravaganza are available on the DDW website. This year you will have a choice of tickets; in addition to a DDW festival ticket, there is also a DDW basic, DDW Premium, and a DDW professional ticket. See www.ddw.nl/tickets for more information and how to order tickets.

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