London Design Biennale announces its inaugural Summit, taking place from 25-26 June 2019. The Summit focuses on Resonance, the theme for London Design Biennale 2020.
The Summit will address the impact of design: its power to cross borders, bridge cultures, and alter behaviours and societies. It will look at how this can improve a variety of major global issues, including climate change (our resonance with the planet); and international relations (how countries resonate with each other).
Es Devlin will headline a day of discussion on Day One (25 June) with a stellar panel of thinkers from design, government and the diplomatic community. Taking place at Google HQ in King’s Cross, hosted by Google Arts & Culture, speakers and panellists include:
- Es Devlin, Artistic Director, London Design Biennale
- Francesco Bandarin, Former Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO
- H.E. Ms Baiba Braze, Latvian Ambassador to the UK
- Eliza Easton, Head of Policy, Nesta
- Bjarke Ingels, Architect
- Pip Jamieson, Founder, The Dots
- Suhair Khan, Google
- Priya Khanchandani, ICON Magazine
- Jay Osgerby, Founder, Barber & Osgerby
- Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Greater London Authority
- The Future Laboratories
- Dr. Christopher Turner, Keeper of Design, Architecture and Digital, Victoria & Albert Museum
- Greg Williams, Editor, Wired Magazine UK
Further speakers will be announced soon.
Es Devlin explains, “As designers, thinkers, artists and makers operating in a global, digital era, we have the power to influence and amaze our audiences into profound shifts of perspective. Our aim is for this Summit to be a collaborative response to the urgency surrounding this inimitable moment in time.”
Day One will culminate in a prestigious government reception at a location to be revealed shortly. Informal conversations around the theme will continue at an exclusive VIP after-party at The Groucho Club, Soho.
Day Two will take place at Somerset House, London Design Biennale’s home. A series of surgery sessions, workshops and guided tours will build on the previous day’s discussions, allowing designers and embassies to develop ideas for participation at London Design Biennale 2020.
Will Sorrell, Managing Director, London Design Biennale said: “The Summit will gather together some of the best international thinking, with a mix of design thinkers, policy makers, and experts in international relations. This is such a unique blend, and I can’t wait to hear their insights, as well as the reaction of everyone who attends.”
A limited release of tickets are available from £295. Tickets include access to all Day One events, including the forum at Google, and the evening receptions at a prestigious government location and The Groucho Club. Places in the surgeries on Day Two are available on request to ticket holders.