Design Festa vol. 39


When: 17/05/14 - 18/05/14: All Day

Where: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake

One of Tokyo’s favorite design festivals, Design Festa, is back for its 39th edition, and this time it’s bigger than ever.

For their 39th time around, organizers are hoping to break 50,000 visitors, and there are already more than 11,000 participants registered for this “volume.” If you haven’t been before, here’s what you should know: the bi-annual ‘freestyle International Art Event’ is open to all artists from all over the world, both professional and non-professional, to exhibit their creative talent and it’s held at Tokyo Big Sight, the biggest event hall in Japan.

The only criteria for applicants is that they be original, as the organizers believe in the freedom of expression, and this is what makes the show so much fun each time. With equal treatment for professionals and amateurs, companies and individuals alike, Design Festa is like an organized art collective, and each booth is unique and eye-catching.

And if you can’t get enough of the vibe at the twice-yearly extravaganza, the Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku is open daily, highlighting art pieces that change every single day in 21 showrooms and 50 individual display sections, and there’s even a cafe/bar. If you need more than just a bite, you can hop over to the well-liked okonomiyaki house Sakura-Tei a few steps away, where you can also admire some the art on the walls.

Design Festa vol. 39

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