AACDD Festival 2011 officially announced

12.05.2011 12:23

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London Design Festival

This morning saw journalists and representatives from all mayor publications attend the first London Design Festival press conference of the season at the V&A. Sir Mark Jones, director of the V&A, and Sir John Sorrell, founder of the London Design Festival, kicked off the press conference at 10am GMT.

Celebrating the "march of the makers", this year's London Design Festival is set to feature an exciting array of quality  projects and installations, demonstrating the power and versatility of design across London. Architects AL_A will transform the V&A's Grand Entrance with a majestic three-dimensional latticework spiral made from red oak, while the Bouroullec Brothers will create an expansive, coloured foam and textile installation in the Raphael Gallery. For the first time ever, St. Paul's Cathedral will host a metal and Swarovski crystal installation by architects John Pawson in the South West Tower.

After its highly successful and widely acclaimed debut in 2010, where more than 20,000 visitors saw the first set of nine exhibitions, this year's African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival Programme celebrates black creativity throughout September and October 2011 at various locations across London, alongside and in partnership with the London Design Festival.

From traditional craft and contemporary design exhibitions to seminars and interactive multimedia installations, the AACDD Programme includes

"RCA Black" - an exhibition of emerging designers and artists of African & African-Caribbean descent, who have graduated or are currently studying at the Royal College of Art; celebrating the courage, aspiration and inspiration of individuals, who made the most coveted higher academic education in the vocational creative disciplines in the world their professional goal. Find out more...

"Transformations – The Heart of the Matter" - a playful and eclectic 96sqm lounge area at 100%design where discarded furniture, lights and other items of interior design are being ‘re-loved’ and ‘up-cycled’ by designers, using their design skills and creative imagination as well as the vibrant, colourful patterns and fabrics inspired by the natural beauty of Africa and the Caribbean. Find out more...

"Connect to Art" - a virtual collaborative art space allowing a global audience of artists, designers and other creative minds to connect, communicate and collaborate on a digital canvas in real time. In addition to the permanent installation there will be special workshops during which we will connect three groups of individuals in London, African and the Caribbean allowing them to create a series of collaborative pieces of digital art. Find out more...

“Below the surface” - a youth-led photography project shedding light on the real life in African and African-Caribbean communities in London, the life below the surface of public perception. Young people from various areas, communities and backgrounds in London, including young offenders and those at risk of social exclusion, will be given the task to document one day of his/her life with a disposable camera. The end result will be a large scale photographic exhibition, a collage of life’s colourful facets within the African and African-Caribbean communities in London. Find out more...

We are very excited to be part of such an amazing line-up during the London Design Festival 2011 and we look forward to 10 days of creative excellence.

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