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Design Week Lagos, announce Africa’s first online design festival


Running from October 1 – 11, 2020, Design Week Lagos will be hosting Africa’s first online design festival. Design Week Lagos (DWL) was established as an annual citywide celebration held in Lagos, Nigeria over eleven days, promoting creativity, innovation across disciplines including architecture, industrial design, interior design, furniture design, graphics design, and technology. Our objective is to create a recognisable design culture for Africa.

With a large part of the world still in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the design industry in Africa is facing immense challenges. DWL Virtual Design Festival will be bringing the African creative community together in a festival themed Vernacular Design. The festival will promote innovation and covers a range of design disciplines, including architecture, product design, interior design, furniture design, graphics design, and technology.


Vernacular design is based on local needs, materials, and traditions. It’s what gives a place its character. According to the founder of DWL Titi Ogufere this festival will be a celebration of African Vernacular Design. The continent is rich in designs, architecture and crafts inherited from previous generations and are unique, unlike anything found anywhere else. DWL Virtual Design Festival will be showcasing our Vernacular Designs to a global audience.

We will be rolling out online talks, a roundtable, an auction, exhibitions, a concert, an awards program, product launches and more. While we cannot act like these are normal times, we can at least explore ways of doing business, connecting our design community, and helping African creatives find their voice.

There will be a pre-festival round table on August 15th,2020 bringing together some Africa’s critical thinkers like Demas Nwoko, Joe Addo, Kunle Adeyemi, Jumoke Adenowo, Victor Ekpuk and Jomo Tariku.


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