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Detroit Design Festival

August 24 2011 | no comments

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center is set to present the inaugural Detroit Design Festival Wednesday, September 21 through Wednesday, September 28.  The theme of the Detroit Design Festival is “Unfold the City.”

Detroit Design Festival is the first-known crowd-sourced design festival in Detroit, meaning all of the ‘design happenings’ that are scheduled to take place during the eight day festival were developed by, and will be executed by, designers and creative people from across the Metro Detroit area.

“The Detroit Design Festival offers a new vehicle for local creative people and designers to showcase their skills and abilities to the broader community,” said Matt Clayson, director, Detroit Creative Corridor Center.  “By making this a crowd-sourced festival we opened the door of opportunity to anyone from the Detroit area that had a creative idea and wished to put it on display during the festival as one of our official design happenings.”

‘Design happenings’ as Clayson refers to them, are events and activities that will take place at various venues and public spaces during the Detroit Design Festival.  Some happenings will be lectures, exhibitions, fashion shows, workshops, interactive installations, art battles, studio tours, and performances.

“Offering a variety of different types of ‘design happenings’ allows people to choose the type of happening that is right for them,” said Melinda Anderson, director, Detroit Design Festival.  “For some it will be lectures.  Others will find joy in viewing the work of the designers during a fashion show or exhibition.  And the interactive installations and displays are sure to get the attention of just about anyone who is interested in design and creativity.”

Many  of the ‘design happenings’ will take place within the boundaries of Detroit’s Creative Corridor—New Center to the Detroit River, between the I-75 and Lodge Freeways—however there will be some happenings that’ll exist outside its boundaries.

A complete listing of ‘design happenings’ will be made available beginning in September at or by picking up the official DDF guide at the participating venues or various locations around the Metro Detroit area.

The submission period to propose a ‘design happening’ ended July 31.  From now until the first of September Detroit Creative Corridor Center team members will be helping those who submitted their ‘design happening’ prepare it for the venue partnership and production stage of the process.   By early September a listing of happening will be made available at and that is where all of the details for each ‘happening’ will be made available.  There is no charge to attend most happenings, but some do have fees.

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (“DC3″) is a business accelerator focused on helping creative sector businesses grow.  Supported by Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies, the DC3’s vision is to establish Detroit as a global center of creative business, creative innovation and creative talent.  For more details visit:

Click here to go to the Detroit Design Festival website.



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