Design Festa is an event that mixes a huge variety of original goods coming from different genres. It features apparel, goods, illustration, photographs, live painting sessions, workshops and much more. It's also one of the largest international art events in Asia, and it has been held twice a year since 1994 at Tokyo Big Sight.
As a rule, anyone can participate the exhibition as long as they feature original works. You can really find anything: items overflowing with great ideas, such as original accessories, real leather bags, stuffed animals and so on. Although the event itself might sound like a bigger, fancier flea market, the word design puts everything into a different perspective and makes it kind of hard to imagine what the event actually feels like.
"I don't understand design, can I still go to Design Festa?"
"Wait, what's Design Festa?"
"What should I do to enjoy the event?"
Today we will try to simulate the flow of someone attending Design Festa. The theme of the day will be "The quest for a kawaii and delicious taste! Enjoying Design Festa through 5 senses★".
After getting to Tokyo Big Sight, let's aim for tickets and pamphlets.
After picking up the exhibition pamphlet, you're free to go wherever you want! Still... Before getting too excited, you should take a look at the picture below.
From kawaii to steampunk. Find what you love!
If your feet or eyes are tired, take a break at the food court.
Introducing real exhibitors!
"Booth name" (Genre)
1. What kind of things are you creating?
2. What would you like visitors to notice in your works?
3. What's the best thing about Design Festa?
A treasure box where you can find your own new passions
Because of the experimental nature of this events, we could say Design Festa is, in fact, a treasure box. It's not always clear where the design is, or where the art is. But one thing is certain: as the name suggests, it's a festa, a festival, a party.
Manatsu no Design Festa × GAKUTEN2017 will be held from Aug. 5th (Sat) to Aug. 6th (Sun) 2017. It's going to be an entertaining event, and it's going to mix the mid-summer excitement with a school festival-like atmosphere. And since it opens at the beginning of Summer vacations, it's going to feel very different compared to the Spring and Fall editions. There are going to be summer inspired accessories, avant-garde dancing and photogenic shaved ice. What a beautiful combination!