Design Manchester 2017 announces line-up

Manchester’s annual design festival returns for its fifth year this October with an impressive line-up of speakers, workshops, exhibitions and debates.

The 2017 festival programme offers more than 50 events, spearheaded by a one-day conference of ideas and inspiration features internationally celebrated and influential speakers from design heavyweights Pentagram, Creative Review and OMA showing an insight into their creative work spanning brand, architecture, film, typography and service design.

Other highlights include an exploration of the aesthetics of the Manchester punk band Buzzcocks, a collaboration with National Football Museum showcasing the rich history behind the crests of football clubs from around the world, and an exhibition of book cover designs of A Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess.

Design Manchester was created to provide the voice of design in and connected with Manchester. Last year, more than 40,000 people attended 35 events over ten days, presented by 300 artists and more than 100 volunteers.

This year’s festival takes place place 11-22 October across various venues in Manchester, featuring a mixture of free and paid-for events.


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant