MEDIA ADVISORY: DesignPhiladelphia Festival Kicks Off October 4th at Cherry Street Pier

WHAT: The Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD) is set to host its signature event, DesignPhiladelphia. Featuring design-centric programs, exhibitions, and installations throughout the city, the festival will serve as a vibrant showcase of both emerging and veteran designers, highlighting the cutting-edge innovation that defines the Philadelphia design community.


Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of CFAD, celebrates the new talent joining this year's festival, "The energy and passion these designers bring to our city are truly inspiring. Our festival is a tribute to those pushing boundaries and a testament to the vibrant design community that thrives in our city."


Highlights include:

1.     DesignPhiladelphia Kickoff Party + VIP Reception - October 4 from 5:30 - 9:00 PM, mark your calendar for the Kickoff Party and VIP Reception at Cherry Street Pier. Attendees will get a first look at immersive installations and exhibitions.


2.     Design is Inclusive Exhibition - October 4-15, this signature exhibition at Cherry Street Pier features exciting emerging designers honing their craft right here in Philadelphia.


3.     Kids Fest - October 7, bring the future designers in your life to Cherry Street Pier for hands-on experiences and workshops.


WHEN: Kickoff Party + VIP Reception October 4 from 5:30-9:00 PM. Festival events October 5 — 15 at various times, see full schedule events here.


WHERE: Various locations throughout Philadelphia. Kickoff Party and festival hub at Cherry Street Pier, 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia and a second hub at the Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia.


WHO: Philadelphia-based designers, design companies, colleges and universities, and design-centric organizations such as: Thomas Jefferson UniversityDrexel UniversityTemple UniversitySchool District of PhiladelphiaMurrell Dobbins High SchoolPhiladelphia Art and Design DistrictAIA PhiladelphiaAIGAASIDNational Liberty MuseumPhiladelphia250Asian Arts InitiativeCollabMade InstituteThe Fabric WorkshopMillerKnoll, Synergy and SignifyBRDG StudiosHungry EducationSteelcaseAnn DinhLaura BertapelleSteph TrowbridgeUnform, and many more.



About DesignPhiladelphia Community

We foster a vibrant design community from K through Career committed to excellence, inclusivity and connections. As an invaluable partner in Philadelphia’s progress we do that through multidisciplinary design education, our annual festival, and public programs about design.

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