Designer led season of collaborations, talks, events, exhibitions, workshops and activities returns to Leicester

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Design Season 2 (DS2) returns this October.

Taking place from 4th – 25th October in and around Leicester, DS2 will encompass a design and designer led season of collaborations, talks, events, exhibitions, workshops and activities.

Over 3 weeks Leicester will celebrate design through an innovative programme, led by the creative sector in the city and county. Whilst previously quiet about its prominence, Leicester is actually home to the second largest design cluster outside of London. With over 4,400 active creative businesses and over 14,100 people in creative based jobs, the industry development shows no signs of slowing.

October will see these businesses come together to collaborate on an engaging programme of events targeted at both businesses and the general public. Whether your interest lies in architecture, virtual reality, typography, fashion or interiors, there’ll be events for you to immerse yourself in.

LRSA (Leicestershire & Rutland Society of Architects) have once again programmed a number of key activities, including an awards evening, guided walking tours and even a pub crawl of historic public houses in the city. These events will also be complemented by a Planning Forum around the city centre, an exhibition around graphic representations of urban heritage and a chance for families to get involved in a Design Your City daytime event.

One of the most exciting additions to this year’s DS2 programme is the Design Trail. Interested parties will be able to guide themselves around places of interest in the city as well as enjoy open studio tours from some of the city’s most innovative designers and makers. This is a really unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the studios who are making such big waves on a national and international level.

The full programme is available at www.designseason.uk.

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