In 2013 the fashion and design festival assembly was the opening event, bringing various national and international design positions to Graz. Also Austria’s largest festival for electronic music, springfestival, was on the agenda, taking place for the 13th time. After Buenos Aires in 2012, the Japanese UNESCO City of Design Nagoya presented itself: The exhibition “Nagoya Design in Graz” opened up – in addition to this, the Design University of Nagoya and the FH Joanneum presented a cooperation project. Furthermore, the Bucharest Design Center showcased a product design exhibition and under the title “UNPolished”, young polish creative folks showed their works.
Further items on the extensive programme agenda included the exhibition “Werkzeuge für die Design-Revolution”(tools for the design revolution), presenting design strategies for a socially, ecologically and ethically sustainable future as well as the exhibition „SELECTED: INTERIOR – it’s just Design“, which addressed an examination of the topic interior design and its history. The results of NWW Design Award were presented in designforum Styria. Furthermore, the “European Design Business Dialogue” took place for the first time in Graz and FH Joanneum hosted the “FH Joanneum Lecture Days” which brought international lecturers to the design hall: Kyofumi Motoyama from Nagoya, Tom Büschemann from Seoul and Jörg Sürmann from Berlin. A variety of smaller events such as the night flea market by tag.werk, a nostalgic photo session with Lunatico, handicraft by Freimeisterei and a redesign of the market booths at Kaiser-Josef-Platz complemented the programme.