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Melbourne Design Week

Art, Galleries NGV International , Southbank Until Sunday March 24 2019
Melbourne Design Week
Photograph: Andrew Griffiths/Open House Melbourne

This 10-day festival features more than 200 events showcasing the work of local and international design superstars

Melbourne Design Week returns for 2019 with exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, talks and tours scattered all over the city and Victoria. The festival kicks off on March 14 with a packed ten-day program that aims to dissect how design can shape our future.

Highlights of the festival include a major keynote address by LA-based media artist Refik Anadol, who will examine how machine intelligence is reshaping the world. The Melbourne Art Book Fair returns for its fifth year, which will feature more than 100 stalls selling art books from local and international publishers. The Victorian Design Challenge returns and is inviting design professionals and students to pitch solutions to one of the world’s most important challenges – waste. Direct from the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture is Somewhere Other, an immersive installation by John Wardle Architects that challenges perceptions of space and place through a series of portals.

Plus, Melbourne Design Week is shifting focus to the Birrarung (Yarra River) this year. The festival will be running a series of talks, boat tours and events to deep dive into how Melburnians connect with the river and how we can reframe our relationship with water.

It all goes down around town from March 14 to 24. See the full program here.

By: Rebecca Russo


Venue name: NGV International
Address: 180 St Kilda Rd
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street
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