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London Design Festival (LDF) in Bankside – 14th to 22nd September 2019

London Design Festival (LDF) 2019 celebrates the modern creativity and enduring independent spirit of Bankside, an area of London which, for centuries, was known for its entertainment. The area is still home to London’s oldest theatres, the world’s most popular art gallery and many creative and design industries.
Bankside from the 16th century, became London’s pleasure quarter away from the walls of the City, it attracted outsiders and people who frequented the many theatres, brothels, gambling dens and taverns.
A diverse programme of free events throughout London Design Festival illustrates how the area’s independent spirit continues to inspire creative thinking across Bankside Design District, an area which runs east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf.
Some of the highlights include:
Musicity x Low Line
Dates: 14 –22 September 2019. Venue: Multiple locations. FREE.  More info: musicity.com
Musicity x Low Line sees fifteen sites along the mighty Victorian railway viaduct, spanning Bankside, London Bridge and Bermondsey, come alive with new music created especially for each site. Created by Nick Luscombe, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s greatly-loved Late Junction music show, Musicity gives buildings and spaces their own new soundtrack. Fifteen musicians and recording artists have created fifteen audio tracks responding to fifteen locations in and around the railways arches which form the Low Line.  Each composition can be streamed and downloaded free of charge but only by visiting each location with a smartphone, finding musicityglobal.com and taking in the architecture and neighbourhood that inspired it.

Fora x Better Bankside Design Talks
Dates: 17, 18, 20 September. Venue: Fora Borough, 180 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB.
FREE – book tickets at bit.ly/ForaBankside

Fora and Better Bankside have united the design district’s experts to bring a programme of talks, interactive workshops and lively panel discussions, celebrating the area’s thriving creative and design industries. Hear about creative processes and topical issues impacting the design community.

Mobile Sculpture Workshop with Volume Creative
Date: 17 September, 1-2pm.
Meet the designers behind this year’s LDF Special Project, the Take the Plunge installation at Oxo Tower Wharf and make your own recycled paper sculpture.
Wild Cards: 100 creative questions to challenge your brand
Date: 18 September, 6.30-8.30pm. More info: theclearing.co.uk/wildcards/#/
Bankside brand consultancy, The Clearing, in collaboration with The School of Life, has designed a set of 100 provocative questions, designed to get you thinking more creatively. Used with brands such as Google, McLaren, Ocado, Curzon and Ascot, the cards include questions such as ‘do your colleagues see your brand the same way as your customers?’, ‘which person at work is best at sabotaging your brand?’ and ‘what disappoints you about your competitors?’. This time, the questions will be fired at the design world and a panel of creative directors; then it’s over to the audience for an interactive session, as part of the Bankside Late programme.
Designing a sustainable Bankside
Date: 20 September, 9-10.30am. A string of Bankside-based architects and designers, including Allies & Morrison, Fagerhult, TP Bennett, Tranquil City and Wayward Studio, present work and ideas on sustainability in the public realm, building design and air quality interventions.  The session involves Pecha Kucha-style presentations to set a dynamic scene, with audience Q&A.

Designing an Africa Centre for the 21st Century
Date: 18 September, 6pm – 9pm. FREE. Tickets: events.ticketsforgood.co.uk
Venue: The Africa Centre, Arch 28, Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR.

What thoughts and sensibilities underpin a pan-African design vision? Join Africa Centre Director, Kenneth Tharp and architect Jonathan Hagos,Director of FREEHAUS as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing a landmark building in Southwark. The Africa Centre opened in 1964, becoming a vibrant ‘home-away-from-home’ and cultural hub for the African diaspora in London. Having moved from its Covent Garden location, the organisation is now based in the London borough with the largest ‘black-African’ population. The Centre promotes the diversity of Africa and its diaspora, by highlighting creativity and innovation in African thought, art, culture, business and entrepreneurship.

Oxo Tower Wharf events

Special events across Oxo Tower Wharf as part of the Bankside Design District. Oxo Tower Wharf is home to over 25 designer-maker studios, many of
whom will be hosting workshops, demonstrations and special displays throughout the festival. FREE.

Here, Now and Then – Bankside Hotel
Dates: 14-22 September, 10am – 8pm.
Venue: Bankside Hotel, 2 Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, SE1 9JU. FREE.
More info: banksidehotel.com
Bankside Hotel, in collaboration with Contemporary Collective, hosts an open studio with renowned artists The Cummings Twins. Mark and Paul Cummings will present a series of events on their ‘Here, Now and Then’ exhibition, including art talks, digital installations and performances.

BetterAir: Creating a clean air corridor for Bankside
Dates: 14 – 22 September. Multiple locations. FREE. More info: betterbankside.co.uk

Air pollution is an important public health issue facing Londoners. Better Bankside is encouraging use of low emission routes by animating its quieter streets and spaces. Keep an eye out for the Better Air benches and living letters on Borough High Street and other locations that are designed to raise awareness of flora which can disrupt dirty air.

London’s Identity in Brickwork; a walking tour of Bankside
Date: 17 September, 5pm; 19 September, 12.30pm.
FREE – book tickets at eventbrite.co.uk
Learn about the history of London architecture, the origins of brickwork in London and the history of the London stock. Join the team at Taylor Maxwell on a walking tour of Bankside and London Bridge to see examples of the London stock in use on historical landmarks and striking buildings.
The Hoxton, Southwark’s best design events 
The district’s latest opening, The Hoxton, Southwark presents talks and workshops to celebrate its launch and London Design Festival.
Venue: The Hoxton, Southwark, 40 Blackfriars Road SE1 8PB.
More info & tickets: https://thehoxton.com/hoxtown/events
Spotlight on Southwark with Dezeen
Date: 11 September, 6-10pm. Tickets £7
Join The Hoxton’s Dezeen-led panel as it shines a spotlight on Southwark’s architecture. Designers, architects, historians and cultural critics will discuss the area’s character and how it’s changing.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Event website here

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