SLDF returns with exhibitions, shows & forums
The highly-anticipated Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) makes its way back to Colombo with an exciting programme from December 1-3 at the Colombo Innovation Tower. Now in its 14th year, the SLDF is an initiative by the Academy of Design (AOD) that provides a platform to support and strengthen innovation, both local and global.
This year’s theme is ‘We, the New Global’ which highlights taking what is uniquely Sri Lankan and sharing it with a global audience, supporting local design talent and industries to grow beyond the island and reach international markets while empowering designers to become cultural ambassadors on an international level.
Synonymous with SLDF, the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show will also take place to highlight the immense talent of the designers.
The immersive three-day programme is packed with exhibitions, shows, forums, workshops, and documentary screenings allowing visitors to reflect on the relationship between design, culture, and identity.
The forums and discussions include the forum on Interdisciplinary Design and Visual Communication which gives a new perspective on visual communication, and a talk on championing creative brilliance by Sachini Imbuldeniya, an award-winning executive creative director based in the UK. Phoenix will deliver valuable lessons in shaping a brand’s identity in a discussion that focuses on brand transformation and rebranding while the Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) will explore AI and creative innovation.
Two forums of interest are ‘Parley for the Ocean’, a discussion that centres on the environment and sustainability, and ‘Culture as an Export’ which will focus on cultural exchange, looking at businesses in Sri Lanka that highlight Sri Lankan culture as a key differentiator in accessing export markets.
SLDF will also have a vibrant blend of exhibitions which facilitate the exchange such as the work of sculptor Dananjaya Edirisinghe, who will also share his perspective on artistic expression in a workshop. SLDF 2023 will also have pop-up stores for local crafts, food and books and the presale of tickets for the Galle Literary Festival happening in January 2024.
Brazilian designer Jaygo Bloom will dive into the world of AI and its creative applications in one workshop while another workshop by Streets of Colombo will take participants on an urban photography tour through the city. A documentary and workshop on Bamboo promotes learning about sustainability and construction using natural materials available locally.
For more details on the festival programme, visit https://www.srilankadesignfestival.lk/
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