Cardiff Design Festival targets the business market

Celebrating the best in Welsh Design, the 2007 Cardiff Design Festival is approaching its final week of exhibitions, seminars, talks, awards and parties, and is set to close on 30 June.

Festival director Olwen Moseley says, ‘Over the past two years we’ve achieved our goal of bringing the Welsh design community together, but now we’re in our third year we want to focus more on demonstrating how important good design is for business and the economy.’

The festivities kicked off two weeks ago with a launch party hosted by Lord Dafydd Ellis Thomas at the Senedd Building in Cardiff Bay, and will continue with events such as the Wonderculture designers’ market on 24 June – an open competition judged by a panel of industry experts – and the Grand Recycled Ballroom Party on 29 June at the NEG Building. The ball will make use of recycled materials to create classic ballroom features.

Organised by Cardiff School of Art & Design, the festival is also about nurturing young Welsh designers. ‘We’ve got a Portfolio Clinic on 18 June for graduating students to submit their work to design industry professionals for feedback,’ says Moseley.

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