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Beirut Design Week 2012 is dedicated to promoting all Lebanese designers, who have been playing a vital role in the formation of the city's contemporary design identity and culture. These include fashion designers, product designers, furniture designers, communication designers, interior designers, architects, design educators, design thinkers, social designers, design researchers, publishers, and galleries. This is Beirut's first Design Week!
A Design Week - unlike other fairs and exhibitions - is a whole week dedicated to exploring all aspects of local design throughout a major city. As an annual event, participating designers showcase their work by opening up their shops and showrooms till later hours in the evening and hosting small events. During Design Week, a series of conferences, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and film screenings also take place in various parts of the city simultaneously.
The Design Week headquarters is the Ministry Of Tourism in Hamra. There you can find the catalogue and ask for any information about events and places. It is also where the main exhibition, DESMEEM, will be held. The ministry is open from the 25th till 30th from 8:00 am till 10:00 pm everyday.
The theme for this year's Beirut Design Week revolves around three clusters: design and community, design and education, and design and business. The DESMEEM project exhibition focuses on community. The full day conference is dedicated to all aspects of design that fall into education and exchange programs. Business is highlighted through the professional designers, some workshops and some ﬁlm screenings.