Welcome to Sydney, 2018

Welcome to Sydney, 2018

Our Sydney 2018 festival is here. Well, not just yet, it's happening between May 24 and 26, 2018, but our first speaker and program announcement is.

In 2018, our 16th year, we will explore the notion of 'creative tension as inspiration' via an extraordinary roster of talent within and between multiple disciplines of design, featuring one of our favourite humans, Scott Dadich (former WIRED Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Netfix series ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’) who will appear in conversation three times with Godfrey Dadich business partner Patrick Godfrey (former CEO of Godfrey Q  the industry-leading B2B agency)  and different hand-picked collaborators. Legendary Nike Air Jordan designer Tinker Hatfield is their first announced guest and he'll delineate a 36+ year career through his most celebrated shoe designs. Godfrey Dadich's other two guests are ready and waiting in the wings, and we'll announce them soon. Paula Scher, the iconic New York graphic designer and Principal at Pentagram, will cement her legacy as one of the most influential designers of the 21st century (and she’ll also host a workshop). Alex Schleifer, VP of Design at Airbnb, will discuss how design can accelerate a global sense of belonging. Ajaz Ahmed, Founder and CEO of innovation behemoth AKQA, will teach you the lessons he’s learned running a creative empire with over 2,000 staff. And NYC-based, Hong Kong-born, Australian motion designer Joyce N. Ho will take us behind ‘The Art of the Title’ and her collaboration with Dropbox.

Scott Dadich of Godfrey Dadich and his interview with Barack Obama for WIRED
Scott Dadich of Godfrey Dadich and his work with Barack Obama for WIRED
Work from Paula Scher of Pentagram and Ajaz Ahmed from AKQA
Work from Paula Scher of Pentagram and Ajaz Ahmed from AKQA
Work from Paula Scher of Pentagram and Ajaz Ahmed from AKQA

The event again will be hosted by the amazing Sydney letters and graphic designer Gemma O’Brien. We'll also be hosting another round of Future State panels, focused this year on Sport, Music and Food. 

We'll have plenty of additional speakers, workshops, exhibitions, experiences and more to announce soon.

We're also very proud to welcome back our key partners and collaborators; the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW who own, manage and produce Vivid Sydney, Western Sydney University, Facebook, Dropbox, Vice and The Old Clare Hotel. Stay tuned for more details on how these partners will be connecting with our audience in the lead-up to the event and on-ground at Carriageworks.

There are General and Premium 1, 2 and 3 days tickets available, with discounts for Student and Groups. Remember, last years event sold out, so grab your tickets while they are still around. 

See you there.

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