Cheltenham Design Festival

Following its successful debut last year Cheltenham Design Festival is set to return, with an impressive roster of speakers including Neville Brody, Sir John Sorrell and Bruce Duckworth.


This year’s festival centres around the theme ‘who cares about the future of design?’. Adrian Shaughnessy, Wayne Hemingway and Craig Oldham will be among those taking part in a debate discussing this issue.

Meanwhile Neville Brody, David Constantine, Sir John Hegarty and Dejan Sudjic will ponder the question ‘does good design make us happy?’ and Sir Christopher Frayling and D&AD chief executive Tim Lindsay will discuss design education.

Other speakers will include Nat Hunter of the Royal Society for Arts and MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, while Sir John Sorrell will deliver a presentation on nations turning to design for future growth and success.

Alongside the main auditorium events, there will be a series of more intimate studio events and free workshops for 8- to 16-year-olds.

Cheltenham Design Festival runs from 11-14 April at the Parabola Arts Centre, Parabola Road, Cheltenham GL50. For more information and to book tickets visit

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