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The Barcelona Design Week closed it doors with a record of 43,000 visitors!

22 JUN 2018

This figure far exceeds the expectations of the organisers, BCD and FAD, since it has doubled the number of participants from previous years.

This is the first time that the two top design organisations, BCD and FAD have joined forces (with the help of the City Council) to organise a unique design week for the city, the Barcelona Design Week 2018, that also counted on the collaboration of the Design Museum.

On June 14 Barcelona Design Week came to an end, which had taken place between the 5th and 14th of June throughout the whole city. The number of visitors to the 130 programme activities was high, with 43 116 attendees, a figure that is double the number of participants from previous efforts, and surpassing the expectations of the organisers. This year the ºBarcelona Design Week was organised by the BCD and the FAD for the first time, with the collaboration of the Barcelona Design Museum and the encouragement of the City Council. This year’s edition was all about a reflection on “reevaluate” and how to consume in such a way that we construct a sustainable future in all fields, starting with design, creativity and innovation.

Visitors to the three exhibitions that were inaugurated during the Barcelona Design Week in the Design Hub, “The best design of the year”, “Basic. A walk to ask questions”, and “Do you design or work? The new visual communication. 1980 – 2003”, together exceeded 14, 600 visitors. The activities under the heading of Barcelona Design District also enjoyed a large influx of public, in which numerous businesses, schools and studios participated and all-included surpassed 10, 000 visitors. In terms of the attendance figures for the awards ceremonies organised by the FAD associations for the various design disciplines, a record was also broken, with more than 3,600 attendees, evidencing the vitality of this sector in the city. Also noteworthy is the participation of the local citizens in the first edition of the “Tastadisseny, Barcelona Gastronomy and Design Festival” that brought together over 600 people at an event open to the public and in a festive atmosphere.

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The 13th edition of the Barcelona Design Week was lucky to have the involvement of the main actors in the design sector in the city. FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) and the BCD (Barcelona Design Centre) co-organised the Barcelona Design Week for the first time with a double objective: on the one hand, position it as a large city-wide event, while at the same time consolidating it in the international scene with regard to the best design events.

With this alliance, the professionalism, talent, recognition of excellence and design culture offered by FAD came together with strategic value in key innovation, sustainability, competitiveness and promotion of the city brand provided by BCD. The organisation also involved Barcelona City Council as the main promoter and the Design Museum as main contributor, which offered the heritage aspects and public dissemination. With over 43,000 visitors to the Barcelona Design Week 2018 it really was an authentic city-wide event with the aim of bringing design to the people.

Three exhibitions are still running!
The Barcelona Design Week has just finished, but the three exhibitions opened at the Barcelona Design Hub can still be visited.
“The best design of the year”, was an unmissable exhibit in terms of understanding what’s going on in the world of design and architecture today, since it showed off more than 500 finalist products and winners of the prizes presented by the FAD associations for the various design disciplines: of Architecture and Interior Design, the creative arts, and from ADG for Graphics and Visual Communication, ADI for Industrial Design and Design Culture as well as the new MODA-FAd pulses. This exhibition can be seen in the Barcelona Design Hub Room until the 14th of October.

The exhibition “Basic. A walk to ask questions” where the visitor was invited to reflect on the current goods and services production and consumption model and to rethink if it makes sense to live in an economy based on infinite growth in an environment of infinite resources. The exhibition consists of five facilities that recreate a walk through a park where we rethink consumption and responsible production; more inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and communities; the universal access to water and clean energy, the effects of climate change and the conservation of ecosystems (marine and terrestrial). It will be open until the 22nd of July.

In addition, the ‘Design Museum’ has inaugurated a new permanent exhibition: “Do you design or work. The new visual communication. 1980 – 2003”, an exhibition that presents a journey through the history of graphic design in Catalonia and Spain since the eighties (with the cultural euphoria that led to the consolidation of democracy) up to the year 2003 (Year of Design celebration). The exhibition can be seen on the 4th Floor of the Design Museum.

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