Shenzhen Design Week, first held in 2017, is an annual design event sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, directed by the Shenzhen Innovation & Creative Design Development Office and organized by the Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association.
Citizens can watch online exhibitions via the WeChat miniprogram (QR code left below) or the official website (QR code right below or sz.design) of Shenzhen Design Week, and can also log onto bilibili to search the official account of “Shenzhen Design Week” (深圳设计周) and watch the livestreaming events.
The theme of Shenzhen Design Week 2020 is "Virtual Design | Infinite Creativity". The festival includes 10 key events: "Shenzhen Design for 40 Years", Theme Exhibition, the Greater Bay Area Design Exhibition, Guest of Honour activites etc.
Shenzhen Design for 40 Years
The year 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, and is also a key year for the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as well as building Shenzhen into a pilot demonstration area of socialism with Chinese characteristics.As China’s 1st and the world’s 6th city winning the title of UNESCO City of Design, Shenzhen has set up a special exhibition named “Shenzhen Design for 40 Years” in this year’s Design Week. The exhibition aims to review the remarkable achievements of Shenzhen in the field of design in the past 40 years and ponder upon the future design scene in Shenzhen.
Guest of Honour: The Netherlands
As the guest country of honour of Shenzhen Design Week 2020, the Netherlands has a large area of land below sea level. Due to this special geographical environment, the Netherlands has accumulated rich experience in using design to solve multiple challenges in the water sector.During Shenzhen Design Week, the Netherlands will present its practices in the field of “water,” sharing creative energy with the general public with an exhibition themed “Water as Leverage for Sustainable Development.” A series of online forums under the same theme of the exhibition will be held from Aug. 25 to 28, when 16 Chinese and Dutch water experts will share their vision of humanity’s relationship with water.
Theme Exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci
The thematic exhibition of Shenzhen Design Week 2020, titled “Crossing Innovation – Leonardo da Vinci,” will lead the audience to a journey transcending time and space, starting from the town where da Vinci was born. The audience can enjoy not only world-famous masterpieces such as “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” but also full-size replicas of da Vinci’s precious manuscripts of scientific inventions.
Greater Bay Area and Tri-cities
Another highlight of this year’s Design Week are two exhibitions related to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, namely, “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area International Design Exhibition” and “Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Digital Creative Design Exhibition.”
Design in the Epidemic
Another exhibition that shouldn’t be missed in Design Week is “Design in the Epidemic,” which utilizes visual language to tell the touching stories during the global battle against COVID-19, and especially of the virus fight in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
SDAY Serial Events
The Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) is a key event of the “City Culture Menu” in Shenzhen. During Design Week, a series of events related to the award will also be staged to welcome the creative effervescence of emerging designers. Award ceremony is broadcast live on Sunday 16th August on the Bilibili platform. An offline excellent design exhibition of the award will be held in the Jupiter Museum of Art from Aug. 15th to 30th.