Design Manchester, a ten-day festival of design and the creative arts, kicks off today and we’ll be there this year hosting a special take 5 talk with design icon, Ben Casey.

Now in its second year, the theme of this year’s festival is “the science of imagination".  Running from 21 – 30 October, DM14 features a broad and exciting range of events from exhibitions, talks and workshops to a music-and-movies concert, a Town Hall conference with leading designers, a transatlantic Coderdojo for school kids and a debate about how the creative industry can help to build the northern tiger economy.

Highlights this year include:

10x10 In Process

21 – 30 October, Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Manchester M1 2FF
10x10 is the product of Manchester’s creative community, which sees local artists and designers collaborate with creatives from varying disciplines. Each unusual partnership culminates in innovative and imaginative works.
Free

DM14 Core Festival Day 

24 October, 9.30am – 5.30pm, The Grand Hall, Manchester Town Hall Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA
An all-day conference at Manchester Town Hall on 24 October, hosted by Prof David Crow of Manchester School of Art, Manchester design icon now Royal Designer Malcolm Garrett and DesignWeek editor Angus Montgomery. 
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SPEZIAL – an exhibition by Adidas

24 October – 2 November, 12pm – 8pm, 7 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JB
Global design brand adidas presents more than 700 rare and vintage examples of its coveted footwear.
Free

cities@manchester Panel

28 October, 6.30pm, TwentyTwentyTwo, 20 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1EZ
Artists and designers have a critical role to play in making cities distinctive, attractive, liveable, and dynamic. This urban forum debates the meaning of design interventions in Manchester and beyond.
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take 5 – Ben Casey: hosted by Design Council

30 October, 6.30pm, TwentyTwentyTwo, 20 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1EZ
​We take our popular take 5 series on the road and put design icon and co-founder of creative agency The Chase, Ben Casey, in the spotlight.  The format is simple - 5 insights: 5 minutes each, 5 questions from the audience. And tickets cost just £5 (including a free drink).
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Get the full programme of events and book tickets for DM14 on the Design Manchester website.

Book your tickets now for our take 5 talk with Ben Casey.

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