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Click below to watch the events that unfolded at SLDF 2021 Sri Lanka’s first virtual design festival!
Hosting its annual graduate showcase "Reveal" at Sri Lanka Design Festival 2021. This year for the first time, the festival goes virtual as its graduate showcase takes a hybrid approach with a sneak peek online and the physical exhibition at Colombo Innovation Tower (only through prior registration)
Mercedes Benz Fashion Talents
Mercedes Benz Fashion Talent brings together the most interesting design talents, apparel industry innovation. It showcases unique mergers between craft, textile technology and wearables from Sri Lanka. Join us as we present the virtual edition of MBFT for the first time in Sri Lanka.
Design Katha: Modern Sri Lankan Furniture
Taking a focused look into Furniture, Channa Daswatte shares how Sri Lanka, like many other countries in south Asia, has had a profound influence on its design of furniture from the west and how Modern Sri Lankan Furniture has evolved. This short film will look at the various designs made by Geoffrey Bawa, one of the most renowned architects of the modern period in the context of the political and economic conditions within which they worked.
Design Katha: Architecture & Craft
A practicing architect and interior designer, Ruchi, draws a parallel between traditional crafts and architecture. She talks us through the practice of keeping detail-oriented conversations alive through the semantics of construction, an open ear to available elements and bringing the right craftsmen.
Design Katha: Gem & Jewellery Legacy of Sri Lanka
Holding the world enchanted, The legendary allure of Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry shared at SLDF 2021. For decades, the island’s treasured sector has brought international acknowledgement to the country as “Ratnadweepa” - the island of gems. The discussion presents an informative virtual journey into the heart of Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery legacy
Design Katha: Impact of Design in Advertising
Why design sells; the impact of design in advertising unpacked at SLDF 2021 bringing together the local ad industry to discuss its future. Ad veterans and new leaders discuss where design thinking is needed to fulfill an increasingly important role in bridging brands and consumers in new and exciting ways.
Design Katha: Port City Future City & Public Art
The two Design Kathas are led by Creative Director James Balmond of Balmond Studio. One looks at the impact Public Art has through the Port City's first Design Competition, that opened doors to artists around the island to showcase their perspective and their vision into new cities and cityscapes. The other brings together both Port City and pavilion architects Balmond Studio in a discussion about the Port City project, architecture and how it is poised to be the future city.
DesignTech Colombo Conference
Fuel to female fire in tech and creativity: DesignTech Colombo conference at SLDF presented by SLASSCOM Women Technopreneurs Forum in partnership with AOD. This virtual conference with an inspiring all-female panel of technopreneurs will explore several themes including the remarkable impact that a unity in design and tech will bring about for driving innovation
Fashion Innovation Showcase
As a key economic contributor with an influential voice to drive positive change, the apparel industry in Sri Lanka is well poised to lead with action. The Fashion Innovation Forum provides a platform for exactly this - to showcase the initiatives taken and the successful breakthroughs combining design and technology in manufacturing to create impact.
Designed Experiential Tourism & Sustainability Conference
A broader viewpoint on the Sri Lankan Tourism Industry’s initiatives to strive for sustainable economic growth and the path forward. The conference draws inspiration from how Bhutan, a carbon negative country has made sustainability and circularity a central practice of their work and their plans to strengthen this in the future. Be a part of this aspirational mission for global change with Keynote speaker, Former Prime Minister of Bhutan.
(Launch of Sri Lanka Craft Week)
SLDF holds a special place in creating impact at Grassroot level with Sri Lankan artisans and it’s always been a one of a kind relationship, filled with immense love and dedication to craft. It is preserving the cultural heritage of local artisans by empowering them through design. Be a part of the conversations with the nation’s renowned change makers with a history of creating impact in craft.
Press Play by MMCA Sri Lanka
A series of playlists conceived by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka in collaboration with artists, designers, curators, art historians and arts organisations in Sri Lanka. The full playlist brings together songs that will be released during the course of the Sri Lanka Design Festival from 15 to 17 January 2021.
Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
In Sri Lanka, the creative industry has grown rapidly over the past few years, opening doors to many creative enterprises. Then the question arises, what are the roles Creative Industries can play in building the new post pandemic economy? Join us as we explore the potential for the creative industries to provide new dynamism in the economy and fresh opportunities for inclusive growth with a focus on greater environmental sustainability.
Tune in to listen to Social Entrepreneur, CEO – Wibble, Founder – Motion Miracles, TEDx Speaker and Global Shaper; Anish WIjesinghe as he shares insights on creating your voice and setting yourself up for a good trajectory in the industry.
Listen to his talk as SLDF 2021 presents him as a young creative leader to watch out for!