Design Month Graz

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we, as organisers of the Design Month Graz, have decided to cancel the festival this year. The 12th edition of the festival, which should have taken place in Graz from 8 May to 7 June, is now being cancelled in view of the current state of emergency. Individual exhibitions and projects, which were already well advanced in their planning and preparation, will be presented in the Design Month Graz 2021. The same applies to the programme focus “Better Future”, which has become even more relevant due to the current situation
We would like to thank all those who have been so intensively involved in the planning and development of the Design Month so far and are already looking forward to a good cooperation next year.

Read the full press release here.

Design Month Graz will bring the performance spectrum of the design scene to the fore for a month, promoting regional, national and international networking. 

From May 8 to June 7, 2020, a dense and diverse program will be presented in the Austrian UNESCO City of Design. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, presentations and guided tours bring the value and meaning of design to the public. It puts the city in a state of exception in which design can be perceived everywhere.

Design Month Graz 2020 focuses its program on the topic “Better Future”.

Program focus
Better Future

There is a growing sense of global unease. Certainties are melting like polar icebergs. The planet is being put to the test and humanity is in danger of living in a hothouse. The climate emergency is civilisation’s biggest challenge to date. If we want a future better than the dark prognoses, a radical rethinking needs to happen. Our fossil-based economy needs to be transformed into a low carbon society. This vital change will affect all areas of our lives and require economic and social processes to be redesigned. Entirely new approaches to production and consumption, mobility, work and housing demand the highest possible level of creative thinking.

We therefore need our designers to not only share their thinking processes and methods, but also provide specific contributions. Design Month Graz 2020 focuses on how design can offer solutions and possibilities for a better future. To what extent do designers see themselves as being responsible for providing answers? Vilém Flusser said that the future is above all a question of design – and we agree.