Weekend: let’s go to the Designers’ Open

Updated: 24 Oct 2018

Leipzig has an intensive calendar during October, full of events that are helpful to beat the autumn blues and make the city even more adorable. As highlights, there are the Jazztage, which just finished, as well as the upcoming DOK Leipzig and Designers’ Open (DO).

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The gallery Drei Ringe, one of the DO/Spots. Photo: Leipziger Messe/Tom Schulze

The Designers’ Open will take place throughout this weekend: 26-28 October 2018.

Once again this year, Die Kongresshale am Leipzig Zoo will play host to the prestigious event. The international design exhibition has already had many homes in Leipzig, with some of its editions having been held in the Leipziger Messe. Though the Messe is very beautiful and spacious, it is great to have the exhibition back near the city center, connecting with city life and the DO/Spots. These are galleries, shops and creative studios showing the design and art scene in Leipzig; now also a co-working space of the business community is included (The HIVE).

The exhibit presents dozens of national and international labels and designers divided into four different thematic areas: DO / Interior & Furniture, DO / Fashion & Accessories, DO / Research & Industry, and DO / Graphic & Media.

Among the highlights on Friday are the entrepreneurship events Smile Business Awards, featuring startup pitches, and Business Speed-Dating. Sounds like the startup community has managed to “hack” the DO!

The diverse program will please different interests and preferences.

From an extravagant fashion show on Saturday, showcasing the work of students of the Freien Akademie Köln (in cooperation with Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino), to the various exhibitor stands, to a graphic design conference, to the Green Product Award, the Designers’ Open 2018 is bound to outperform itself – as it always does.

Also worth checking out this weekend is the traditional Grassimesse (at the Arts and Crafts Museum), which will be taking place parallel to the exhibition.

Designers’ Open 2018

Opening times:
Friday, October 26, 2018, 12 am – 6 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10 am – 6 pm

Day ticket prices:
8.50 / 6 EUR

KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo (tram 12)

Helpful links:
Designers’ Open
Ticket Shop

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Fashion innovations and new trends. Photo: Leipziger Messe/Tom Schulze

Someone always in transit and dialogue between Brazil and Germany, market and academia, dream and reality. A freelance designer, marketing and branding expert, who came to Leipzig to do her PhD. in Global Studies and hasn't left.

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