Design Manchester returns with its pop-up festival bringing music, art and conferences to the city

This year, the festival is focusing on collaborations at home and abroad with three brilliant events.

By Emma Davidson | November 22nd '22

Created to provide a voice for design across the city, Design Manchester launches its annual festival this week with a programme of music, art installations and gripping conferences focused on the future of the creative industries. 

First up and taking place tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd November), Back to Live… Back to Reality? Is the latest edition of Scale Up Sessions which will take place at Band on the Wall.

The free to attend event is focused on the re-emergence of the live and on-demand music industry, hosted by Manchester music stalwart, John Robb.

Joined by a wealth of industry figureheads, the panel will be considering how we’re overcoming the difficulties of the post-pandemic return to live performance and the changing climate for musicians, as well as the threats and opportunities presented by the ever-advancing digital world.

There’s also both an exhibition and an installation opening in Manchester School of Art’s Benzie Building this week, both of which are free to enter as part of the festival by Design Manchester.

This Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) sponsored exhibition shows posters from the eclectic collection acquired in the course of Sir Misha Black Awards Chairman and AUB Honorary Fellow Mary Mullin’s long and distinguished career in design and visual arts.

They contrast a wide variety of styles from countries as far apart as Japan and Ireland, Uruguay and Sweden and date from 1905 to 1999.

The exhibition informs, inspires and provokes the viewer and reminds that, as social media today imitates, posters essence succinct storytelling and the art of communication in its most immediate and universal form.

The festival will also host ‘Enkang’ang’, a rich exploration of Maasai female culture and heritage by Kenyan artist and designer Naitiemu Nyanjom.

Visitors will be able to experience Enkang’ang’ through virtual reality for three days during the DM22 pop-up festival, from 23rd – 25th November, alongside an exhibition that will stay in place until the end of the year.

The VR installation can be experienced in the lobby outside the Benzie Theatre on the fourth floor of Manchester School of Art. Naitiemu will also present Enkang’ang’ at the DM22 Legacy Conference at Manchester School of Art on 23 November.

In the coming weeks, Design Manchester will also be sharing a special podcast from Creative Boom, which will be created at the student conference taking place on Wednesday this week, hosted by Katy Cowan.

Design Manchester’s Legacy: 2022 pop-up festival launches tomorrow. More information can be found below. 

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