Liverpool Design Festival returns

Liverpool Design Festival will return this autumn, following its debut during the city’s reign as European Capital of Culture last year.

The show returns with a name change from Design Show Liverpool, and a new home in the crypt of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

The festival will centre around two exhibitions: the Eco Design Show, which will offer environmentally friendly furniture, lighting and accessories; and Fashion Lab, showcasing the work of emerging fashion designers.

This year sees the addition of Design Stars – a schools design competition for 11- to 16-year-olds – to the festival line-up.

‘The Liverpool Design Festival aims to highlight the city as a location for creative industries and to reinforce design as a major part of its economy,’ says festival organiser Design Initiative’s development director Sarah Elderkin.

The Crypt Hall of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was in fact booked as the original venue for last year’s festival, which moved to the Contemporary Urban Centre just five weeks before the show opened, causing some controversy among exhibitors.

Those interested in exhibiting at Liverpool Design Festival have until 31 July to apply for space.

Liverpool Design Festival runs from 30 October to 1 November.

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