In 2023 the festival will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence on the design sector.
The 18th Tallinn Design Festival will take place from 18 to 24 September 2023 in the premises of the Krulli Quarter. Theme of this year’s festival is “DESIGN 4.0. AI: Industrial (un)employment?”. The hot topic of AI, its opportunities and threats to the design sector will be addressed by Estonian and international experts.
The proportion of diverse exhibitions and displays has not changed! This year's main exhibition, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy, is the Italian industrial design exhibition "Created in Italy". Also worth a visit are the showcase of Estonian design and architecture schools; the Arts Thread (UK) “Global Design Graduate Show 2022" in collaboration with Gucci; the international graphic design exhibition "Hopeful”; and the material design exhibition “Material II" in cooperation with EKA DiMA and the University of Tartu.
Tallinn Design Festival’s pre-event MOOD is related to Estonian clothing design and will take place on September 5 in Helsinki in cooperation with Estonian House.
In cooperation with Elisa Eesti, an AI design competition will be held as part of the festival! Stay tuned for detailed conditions soon.
"Over the years, Tallinn Design Festival has become the biggest design event in the Baltics, with more than ten thousand visitors from Estonia and abroad every year. There is something to discover for both design professionals and those who are simply interested in the field, and we have also thought about the youngest guests via special activities for them to take part in," says Ilona Gurjanova, president of the Estonian Association of Designers and main organiser of Tallinn Design Festival.
The 18th Disainiöö will take place in the Krulli Quarter, which fits both the theme of the festival and the mission of Tallinn Design Festival to highlight abandoned and forgotten architectural heritage and industrial buildings on their way to a new awakening. "The Krulli Quarter is welcoming creative people and ideas, bold thoughts and actions. This industrial area in the heart of Põhja-Tallinn is open to the public all year round, and the more culture takes shape here, the more it becomes part of the urban space," said Kristin Kaasik, Creative Manager of the Krulli Quarter.
The Republic of Estonia has been an independent state since 1918, shortly interrupted by the half a century long Soviet occupation following the World War II. Estonia restored its independence in 1991, known as The Singing Revolution that was inspired by the more than century-old song festival tradition.
Today's Estonia is a thriving and forward-looking member state of EU and NATO, where you can vote online and start your own business in less than half an hour. Many have done so already, including the founders of Skype and Wise.