Inaugural Saudi Design Festival will turn Riyadh into a Creative Hub in January 2022

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The 21-day festival will feature multiple curated exhibitions, design installations, a design forum, workshops, and a Design Market

Presented by the Architecture and Design Commission, the inaugural edition of the Saudi Design Festival (SDF 2022), happening from January 9-29, 2022 in Jax District, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will bring together creative luminaries, designers, and industry leaders to engage, discuss, and celebrate outstanding design in the Kingdom and beyond.

Initiated by the team behind Saudi Design Week (2014-2019), Oasis Company, Saudi Design Festival will serve as an annual platform for local talent, leveraging the efforts of sector partners, cultural enterprises, and international industry experts.

Saudi Design Festival

Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman, CEO of the Architecture and Design Commission, said: “We are excited to have this platform to showcase the talent and expertise of designers from across the Kingdom. The festival program will cover every aspect of design: with masterclasses, exhibitions, installations and networking opportunities for established designers, SMEs and entrepreneurs alike. We truly want everyone to leave this festival feeling inspired by what they have seen and learned over the 21 days.”

The festival calendar will consist of signature events and activities for the creative community and by the community. Further, SDF 2022 Design Ambassadors: Lujain Abualfaraj, co-founder of Akwan and Two Thirds Design Studio, award-winning artist and graphic designer Lulwah AlHomoud, and Munira Al Tamimi and Mohammed Kazim, co-founders of Tamashee, will be lending their creative voices and expertise in leading special projects within the program.

SDF 2022 will be turning JAX into its main Design District for the first year, offering a variety of experiences to learn and explore the world of design:

  • Curated Exhibitions
  • Tri-weekend Design Market for SMEs, designers, and brands
  • Functional Design Installations
  • Design Forum featuring local and international thought leaders
  • Masterclasses and Workshops
  • Kids Programming
  • Community-led activities and networking days

SDF Event Details:

Saudi Design Festival
January 9 – 29, 2022
Jax District, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Collaborators: Oasis Company, &Bouqu, Saudi Design Week

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