DESIGN Canberra festival

Presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
9 to 29 November 2020
Various venues

Now in its seventh year of events, exhibitions, activations, tours and talks, the festival celebrates Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago and the vibrant arts practice evident in this 21st century city.

Throughout November 2020, over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. The festival is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Last year a record 114,000 people attended the festival.

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Covid-safe conditions apply to all events.

Due to COVID-19, many DESIGN Canberra events will be smaller to meet social restrictions. We will need to manage numbers and bookings more closely. They don’t want people to miss out because someone has booked but not turned up. And so this year you’ll notice a couple of new processes.

There will be limits on the number of tickets you can book at one time, and more events will have a modest fee. This will hopefully mitigate the urge to book first and decide whether to go later. Other conditions of booking will be listed on the individual event pages.

Craft ACT is a registered charity and so proceeds from the booking fee will go directly to supporting local craft artists and designers.

The health and safety of audience and presenters is DESIGN Canberra’s top priority and so you are reminded to please stay home if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have had a COVID-19 test and are waiting for results
  • You have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, even if it is just a little sniffle
  • You have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days

Photo: Darren Bradley