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D&AD Festival, London – a celebration of contemporary creative industries

April 20, 2016

ArtsGroup Exhibition | by Harry Seymour

This week, taking place in the creative hub of East London – the Old Truman Brewery, D&AD Festival brings together the world’s pioneers in design and advertising for a series of talks, awards, events and workshops. Over 250 speakers will take over four stages from morning ‘til night, while local agencies and design studios open their arms and doors to the public, enabling a unique insight in to their industries.


D&AD is renowned for both its nurturing and celebration of the creative industries, so much so that to be seen using an awarded D&AD pencil at work lets everyone know you mean business and have been awarded a shining symbol of your talent. The works are judged by a leading panel of experts and announced throughout the week in East London. Think fashion week meets the Oscars for designers. Previous year’s judging would take place behind closed doors, but this year they’ve decided to do it in full view, welcoming in both the industry and public to celebrate creative talent. This year also sees the launch of D&AD Impact, a special award to anyone who through their design has made a positive change on people’s lives and contributed towards a sustainable future.


The festival starts today and runs until Friday 22 April, with three days of exhibitions, talks, workshops and creative training for people in the industry, before opening to the public for the weekend of 23-24 April, with free access and family friendly events.


Highlights of the schedule include Sari Griffiths lecture on how to put design at the heart of technology, R. Balki & Prasoon Joshi’s workshop on Bollywood style film direction, the Next Photographer Exhibition in partnership with Getty Images, Imaginarium Illustration workshops and of course the presentations of the winners works. It’s a must for anyone with an interest in contemporary creative industries.

For more details and a full schedule of events happening at D&AD Festival, visit www.dandad.org From 18 – 24 April 2016, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.