Liverpool Design Festival 2009

Liverpool will once again be hosting the best in independent contemporary design at the Liverpool Design Festival from 30 October to 8th November 2009.

The ten-day event, inaugurated by Design Initiative, highlights the city’s reputation as a centre for fashion and design and follows the success of Design Show Liverpool in 2008.

The cornerstone of the festival will be two exhibitions running from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2009 at the Crypt Hall of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

The Eco Design Show will showcase environmentally friendly design and crafts including interior products, ceramics, furniture, lighting, jewellery and fashion accessories.

The Fashion Lab
will allow trade buyers and public to see work by talented new designers. It provides an opportunity to spot up and coming trends and buy unique fashions unavailable in high street stores directly from the designers.

Accompanying the Fashion Lab is the Finishing School, a comprehensive programme of fashion master classes designed especially for recent graduates, new designers as well as more established designers. Through a series of workshops, seminars and one-to-ones with industry professionals over five days in September, the Finishing School aims to raise awareness and knowledge of what it takes to be successful within the fashion industry.

The Festival will also see the launch of Design Stars, a competition involving Liverpool schools to find some of the best local design talent in the11-to-16 age group.


The full programme of events also includes a lively range of debates and seminars.

Designers who wish to exhibit at either the Eco Design Show or the Fashion Lab have until 31st July 2009 to apply to take part. As well as these two exhibitions, if you are interested in the Finishing School masterclasses in September please go to Liverpool Design Festival to get further details and application forms.

Design Initiative is also inviting businesses from the Merseyside creative sector to become Festival Partners and organise their own events such as studio openings, exhibitions and workshops to run alongside the festival.

For revelant contact details and further information see which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

You can also follow the Festival on Twitter at Design Fest

The Liverpool Design Festival is run by Design Initiative with the support of Liverpool City Council and Arts Council, England – North West.