Megan Hinton, Geometric Napkins (Photo by Anisa Sabet)

Now in its fifth year running, Design Canberra continues to celebrate the ongoing growth and recognition of Canberra as a global city of design, hosting a festival program of more than 100 events. Held from the 5-25 November, this year’s festival promises to be one of the most eclectic programs yet!

This year some of the biggest names in design will join Canberra’s burgeoning design community to exhibit, speak and inspire audiences in the ACT’s fastest growing festival. Hosting leading figures in design, like significant Japanese figure in contemporary architecture, Kengo Kuma, Australia’s leading practitioner of the late twentieth century organic style of architecture, Enrico Taglietti, and 2018 Designer in Residence, furniture maker Chelsea Lemon, the festival will present many new ideas to audiences.

This year’s festival theme is ‘geometry’, recognising the city’s distinctive form and rich design history. The theme will explore geometry and its presence throughout the city, which creates human, creative and global connections.

“We are honoured to present such an exciting program of events for this year’s Design Canberra Festival and can’t wait for people to come and see what we have in store,” says Artistic Director of Design Canberra 2018, Rachael Coghlan.

“This year’s program will be full of new ideas, conversations, and innovations to further inspire what makes Canberra a living design laboratory,” says Rachael Coghlan.

Offering a range of different design-inspired activities, lovers of travel, culture, interiors or just the curious are welcome to get involved, delivering events to suit everyone’s taste. Food, wine and design are a feature of the 2018 program, celebrating the best from the Canberra region. Enjoy a one-off design dinner at Canberra’s two hatted restaurant, Aubergine, and local wine and music at the award-winning Pop Inn Bar. Festival favourites – open studios, open homes and architecture tours – are back again in 2018.

Design Canberra has many free events and welcomes all ages but some of the major festival highlights require tickets which can be bought online - find out more about which events here.


Dates: 5 - 25 November 2018

Location: Multiple locations, in and around Canberra

Design Canberra Website