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City Hill. Photo: Martin Ollman
City Hill. Photo: Martin Ollman

DESIGN Canberra 2019: Utopia

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with ever-increasing audiences near and far because design is in our city’s DNA.

DESIGN Canberra is a powerful platform to promote design and the work of designers. Presented annually since 2014, DESIGN Canberra has grown to embrace a regional and global focus, becoming a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design.

DESIGN Canberra is also the ACT’s fastest growing festival. 2018 was an amazing year of growth, inspiration, excellence and engagement – a result of creative collaborations and strategic partnerships with Canberra’s craft and design sector and the broader community. In 2018, over 112,000 people engaged with the festival’s curated program of exhibitions, talks, tours, collaborations, open homes and artist studios, activations and markets showcasing the best in design.

Our 2019 festival theme is… Utopia.


Design is a powerful tool to build a better world and imagine a perfect future.

Utopia is an opportunity to reimagine the past, build a more creative and inclusive present, and boldly experiment with the future of design.

About DESIGN Canberra

DESIGN Canberra has resonated with Canberrans, the design sector and design lovers near and far because design is in Canberra’s DNA. From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been — and always will be — a living design laboratory.

From 4-24 November 2019, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 150 events. Now in its 6th year, DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement each year, linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging unexpected collaborations and marketplace connections. DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers.

A snapshot of the incredible results from our 2018 festival can be found HERE

How can I get involved?

Submissions have now closed for the 2019 program, but stay tuned for more ways to get involved closer to the festival dates. Submissions for the 2020 program will open in December 2019.