The weekend of 16/17 November is the time for families to enjoy everything Dubai Design Week has to offer at d3. The free-to-attend programme features a range of sights, sounds and experiences.
Throughout the weekend, the Design Souk - a festival of design, retail, food and live events on d3’s busiest strip of cafes and restaurants will be making its debut. Staged by Ripe Market it features an exciting combination of brands and designers selling designed products and accessories alongside live cooking stations. The Design Souk will also be hosting a series of arts and craft activities for children including fun robotics, origami and slime-making.
Music throughout the weekend will be provided by DJs at the Design Souk, with live performances from the Neighbours on Friday. To start the weekend off Fictive by Empire Sessions will host live music and performances at The Block - d3's urban beach and recreational community space for all the family that will also feature a range of experimental architecture installations. Hosted by MC Hype, the line up includes Soul & R&B from Eve Thomas, Blues and R&B by Tariq Mohammad and live poetry with Suhaib Alises.
Dubai Design Week's pop-up studio, Making Space is dedicated to children’s workshops, including 3d print workshops with Ethan&Co, sustainable design sessions with sustainability partner Bee’ah as well as a rolling collaborative project with thejamjar and a design challenge with Designathon Works. Sessions by Fun Robotics, Sharabassy Studio and Cocoa & Co also feature.
Downtown Design’s final day is on Friday 16 November which is open to the public from 12-9pm and complimentary access is available to everyone that has downloaded the Dubai Design Week app. Downtown Editions is the new element of this year’s fair which hosts retailers and individual designers which will offer limited edition and collectable design. Also, The Forum will host workshops including insights into creative collaboration and communicating through play.
On stage a series of designers will be giving their view and insights, including world-renowned designer Paola Navone, and a line up of the UAE's brightest design talent brought together by Khalid Shafar under the banner of Local Learning with a focus on two projects he has led: UAE Design Stories and DRAK to RAK. The Audi Innovation Hub will also be staging talks with young design talent, including the pavilion's designer Riyad Jockaand pioneering 3d print designer and architect Manuel Jiminez Garcia.
All of the Dubai Design Week installations and exhibitions will be open throughout the weekend, including pop-ups such as Tamseem Facebook which is hosting a range of workshops and performances, and Tashkeel which is also running sessions during the weekend for budding creatives as part of its Design & Making UAE programme