DM16 is an annual festival celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in art, design, film, music and more.


DM 16

Design Manchester supports and promotes design thinking and practice in and from one of the world’s great design cities with a range of programmes and events in Manchester and elsewhere. The headline event is the festival, DM16, which will take place from 12-22 October at venues around the city and will feature exhibitions, film screenings, a design fair, workshops, talks, presentations, performances, parties, coding clubs and debates.

Check back in the coming weeks for information, announcements, updates and ticket information. The detailed programme for DM16 will be announced on 28th July.

Malcolm Garrett speaking at Design Manchester 2013

In June 2016, Design Manchester announced a partnership with the Co-op, uniting Manchester’s thriving creative festival, DM16, with an iconic British brand investing in design at the heart of its business. The Co-op will be the headline sponsor of the DM16 festival and support a range of digital, design and public outreach events. Visit the Co-op Digital blogs.

Design Manchester was established in 2013 with the support of Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, which remains a key partner. Last year’s festival, DM15, was also supported by Manchester City Council, Arts Council England and Manchester School of Art, with commercial and event sponsors including G.F Smith papers, Design Week and the law firm Shoosmiths.

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Kate Moross speaking at Design Manchester 2013
Peter Saville speaking at Design Manchester 2013 Paper Sculptures by Design by Day

Past Artists Include:

Malika Favre, Kate Moross, Adrian Shaughnessy, Stephen Morris (New Order), Territory Studio, Michael C Place, Ben Terrett, Helen Musselwhite, Swifty, Fred Deakin, Ben Terrett, Hudson - Powell, Mark Farrow, DR.ME, Tony Brook, IDEO, Si Scott, Colophon Foundry, Peter Saville, Supermundane, Technology Will Save Us, Nat Hunter, Clive Gryner, Ben Casey, Helen Storey, Rejane Dal Bello, Ross Phillips + Many More

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If you would like to participate in the festival, please get in touch. Design Manchester works closely with sponsors, partners, contributors and volunteers to create a great festival and to engage with industry and the community, with opportunities for event sponsorship or hosting, organising workshops, networking and launching products or ideas. Collaboration is at the heart of Design Manchester, so if you have a great idea, our creative team has the experience and passion to facilitate and connect with the right artists and audiences. Some of the ways you can contact us:

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Ben Terrett speaking at Design Manchester

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