Dezeen and MINI are travelling the world together this year, visiting eight cities to discover the most exciting new talents, the hottest trends and the most important themes in architecture and design in 2013, as Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs explains in the movie above.

Our Dezeen and MINI World Tour will take in a selection of the best international fairs, conferences and festivals, where we'll be conducting interviews, making videos and reporting on the most interesting developments.

Our first stop is Cape Town, where we'll be at the Design Indaba conference from 27 February – 1 March. Then we're off to Milan for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile - the world's most important design fair. This takes place from 9-14 April.

Our third stop is New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair from 18-21 May, followed by DMY in Berlin from 5-9 June.

From 14-22 September we'll be in London for the London Design Festival and October sees us heading to Singapore for the World Architecture Festival and the INSIDE festival from 2-4 October.

We arrive in Eindhoven, the smallest city on our itinerary, for Dutch Design Week at the end of the month(19-27 October), before heading to the beach for Design Miami, America's biggest design fair, at the end of the year in December.

We'll be publishing everything we find on our special Dezeen and MINI World Tour microsite where, taken together, they'll add up to a unique picture of the global design scene throughout the year.

For more details keep an eye on these pages or sign up to Dezeen's newsletter here. You can also follow what’s happening on MINIspace.

The above movie features a MINI Cooper S Paceman.

The music featured is a track called Contrast by Junior Size, released on French record label Atelier du Sample. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.