Virtual Design Festival partners

Virtual Design Festival partners with Ron Arad, Li Edelkoort, Dutch Design Week, Serpentine Galleries and more on digital cultural programme

The Design Museum, Dutch Design Week, Design Indaba, Ventura Projects and The World Around are among cultural partners who will be contributing to Virtual Design Festival, which launches on 15 April.

Creative partners include designer Ron Arad, artist Lucy McRae, musicians Beatie Wolfe and Rosey Chan, and trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, who will be creating content for the festival.

Other partners include Lisbon's MAAT museum, Serpentine Galleries, What Design Can Do, London Festival of Architecture, Forward Festival, The Artling, Vienna Design Week, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week, San Francisco Design Week, Sight Unseen, Pecha Kucha and architecture photography festival Zoomed In.

Virtual Design Festival announce initial line up
A digital version of Ron Arad's D.F.W.T.M. exhibition will be part of the festival

Conceived as the world's first online architecture and design festival, Virtual Design Festival will run from 15 April until 30 June and include contributions from designers, festivals, institutions and brands around the world.

Curator Beatrice Galilee of New York architecture conference The World Around will curate a full day of interviews, essays and videos for Earth Day on 22 April.

Virtual Design Festival announce initial line up
Beatrice Galilee will curate a day of Earth Day content as part of Virtual Design Festival

Ron Arad will present a digital version of an exhibition called D.F.W.T.M that was due to be held at OTI gallery in Los Angeles, but which has been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Arad described VDF as "a great initiative to bring us all together at this extraordinary time".

Virtual Design Festival announce initial line up
Architecture films shot in India by Edmund Sumner will be part of the schedule

Musicians Beatie Wolfe and Rosey Chan will contribute live interviews and performances. Terreform One co-president Mitchell Joachim will launch his new book.

Architecture photographer Edmund Sumner will stream an exclusive series of movies featuring the work of Indian architects that he filmed in India earlier this year.

Virtual Design Festival partners
Rosey Chan will also be performing at VDF

In addition, as part of the festival, Dezeen will conduct a daily video interview with leading creatives around the world.

We will also premiere a series of exclusive video interviews with fashion designer Iris van Herpen, plus another series about influential architecture collective Archigram featuring exclusive interviews with Archigram co-founders Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton.

Virtual Design Festival announce initial line up
Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort will be contributing to VDF

Media partners include Observer Design, The Guardian and Dirty Furniture.

All Virtual Design Festival content will be free to all readers everywhere, with no registration required.

Musician Beatie Wolfe will be one of the performers at VDF

Dezeen is looking for commercial partners and sponsors to help us make a success of Virtual Design Festival, which will celebrate both the culture and commerce of architecture and design during these difficult times.

Brands can get involved by using VDF to launch and promote their products and services and by supporting the festival's cultural programme.

Virtual Design Festival partners

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