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Tallinn to host European Design Festival

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Tallinn areal view; photo credit: Estonian Convention Bureau/Tonu Tunnel

The board of the Design Federation has confirmed that Tallinn has been chosen as the city that will welcome the European Design Festival in June 2022. The event, which gathers hundreds of communication designers from all over the European continent is set to resume after a two year break, made necessary due to the ongoing pandemic. It consists of exhibitions, talks, design walks, workshops, conferences, social events and the European Design Awards gala.

The ED-Festival has since 2007 been hosted in cities like Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Helsinki, Istanbul, Vienna, Porto, Oslo and 2021 in a virtual ceremony. Its mission is to celebrate European design, facilitate designers to meet, be inspired and build networks, but also to help promote the design discipline to wider audiences.

“We always go for cities that have a vibrant design scene but at the same time are the kind of  destinations that people are excited to visit” says Mr Demetrios Fakinos, the European Design Festival director and added “Tallinn is such a place: an attractive, innovative city that is immersed in the great nordic design culture. I’m sure that with the help of our local partner, the Estonian Design Centre, we will offer an inspiring event that will make everyone happy to attend”.

The Head of Estonian Design Centre Ms Tiia Vihand says: ‘‘We believe that European Design Awards Festival has a significant impact on local design community, as well as helps us to spread the word about the impact of design in our society generally.‘‘

“Being selected to host European Design Awards in 2022 is a great recognition to Estonia as an excellent location for international high-level conferences and events. We are extremely proud that Tallinn will be joining the outstanding lineup of EDAwards hosts cities and we are ready to impress the international design community!“ adds Kadri Karu, Managing Director of Estonian Convention Bureau.

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