Sri Lanka Design Festival, an annual event showcases fashion, design technology, knowledge sharing, art and creativity will go virtual in 2021 international partnerships to take it global, organizers said.
Colombo-based Academy of Design (AOD) initiated the event in 2009, to promote to promote the concept of ‘designed and made in Sri Lanka’ fashion showcases, design exhibitions, forums and workshops that focus on product innovation, sustainable design, art and creative industries.
“We are excited to bring this to you in a new way and at a much-needed time for Sri Lanka,” Linda Speldewinde, Founder of Sri Lanka Design Festival and Chairperson of Academy of Design said in a statement.
“In the last decade, AOD has shaped the lives of many young creative people helping them to become young entrepreneurs and designers of today.
“Furthermore, Sri Lanka Design Festivalhas been a window to contribute to the fashion, tourism and design-tech industry as a whole and we are proud to collaborate with inspirational and like-minded businesses to elevate the industry as a whole…”
The Sri Lanka Design Festival 2021 will be held virtually from January 15 to 17 January 2021.
The Festival will showcase to a global audience through various collaborations and international partnerships.
“Underthe theme ‘impACT’, the Virtual Festival will showcase fashion and design initiatives that motivate the industry to ACT nowand create a positive impact, in a meaningful way whilst bringing in much-needed new exports through design driven innovation,” the organizers said.
Sri Lanka has seen a Coronavirus outbreak which is still spreading.
The three-full day Virtual Festival will include over 40 different segments with designers, design led industries, craft and the SME sector makers, artists, young entrepreneurs, speakers, celebrities and like-minded enthusiasts.
AnomaWijewardene, a globally known Sri Lankan artist will be featured as the Artist Spotlight showcasing some of her on transformation, inclusivity-diversity unity and climate change.
Tshering Tobgay, former Prime Minister of Bhutan will speak about the ‘Only carbon neutral country in the world’ as he will share insights on the harmony between sustainability and economics in his country.