HDK has partnered with various cultural organisations to present new ideas across 8 specific platforms on the theme of “open”. The festival has been curated with this theme in mind and the public are invited to attend events, exhibitions and talks and participate in classes and workshops.
The festival aims to encourage reflection on openness in relation to learning, work and social equality to its community and the general public. It does so with the support of partners, students, alumni, staff and technicians. Local and international practitioners will also be in attendance and the diverse range of people with varying skills, knowledge and experience will surely contribute to creating an open and dynamic experience for all involved.
Each of the 8 platforms will take place at a different site in the city. The platforms are as follows:
OW JOURNAL - A publishing platform and virtual exhibition space.
SPÄTI – An after-hours venue where diverse topics, discourse and people come together.
OW BAMA - An exhibition displaying an ecology of knowledge presented through multiple stages.
OW YOUTH - A curated programme across the festival where you are never too old to play.
OW DISPLAYS - A cluster of exhibitions on curating education, learning and practice.
NIGHT SCHOOL HDK - A free public school turning the university inside out.
OPEN STUDIO - A network of design studios revealing the inner workings of contemporary practice.
ÖPPET HUS - A day that answers questions you might have about HDK.
Open Week: Gothenburg Design Festival will be held from Monday the 20th of November to Sunday 26th of November at university facilities, libraries, museums, cafes, and other venues across Gothenburg, Sweden. The festival is organised by HDK - Högskolan för design och konsthantverk, or the Academy of Design and Crafts. The programme is available here on the festival website (in Swedish and English).
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)