The Sri Lanka Design Festival is an annual display of Sri Lankan fashion, crafts and more. With also some good parties. This years festival starts today (the 15th) and runs till the 18th. Each day has a theme:
CRAFT + DESIGN | NOV 15, THURSDAY
Thursday's events focus on crafts, as in hand-made artisinal things. This whole event
is priced at a rather pricey Rs. 5000, with tickets available online
. The dress code is refined casual. Not sure what that means. Refined sugar is white... perhaps bleach your clothes?
ISLAND CRAFT EXHIBITION OPENING | 6.30 PM
The first event is a product design exhibition that starts at 6:30 PM. We're assuming this includes more of the object crafty stuff like, er, baskets and boxes and stuff. This exhibition runs till the 18th.
ISLAND CRAFT FASHION SHOW | 7.30 PM
Next is the fashion show. Sri Lankans love a good fashion show. Sticking to the crafty theme, these'll be batik, handloom and embroidery type clothes, wethinks.
SUSTAINABILITY + EDUCATION | NOV 16, FRIDAY
Friday has a bunch of all day events, one costing a hefty Rs. 10,000 but the others seemingly free. There's also a paid (but cheap at Rs. 1500 for both) young designers fashion show and party.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION SYMPOSIUM | 9AM – 1PM | Rs. 10,000
A discussion by industry types on how fashion can be less rapacious.
SOUTH ASIAN CRAFT FORUM | 9AM – 1PM
A look at how crafts (homemade/traditional stuff) has a place in the modern economy. Etsy anyone?
DESIGN EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY | 2.30PM – 4.30PM
Design educators discuss design education. Should be educational.
YOUNG DESIGN ENTREPRENEURS | 6.30PM ONWARDS
This is kinda the point, watching young entrepreneurs in action.
FUTURE DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW | 7.30 PM ONWARDS
Actually, this is the point, watching pretty people wear pretty things. Fashion show!
FASHION + APPAREL | 17 NOV, SATURDAY
Sri Lanka's place in the design world is largely synonymous with fashion, and we're only now breaking out of making jungies for other people to designing our own clothes.
SOUTH ASIAN APPAREL LEADERSHIP FORUM | 9AM – 4PM | Rs. 25,000
A chance to network with around 100 professionals in the industry, but you'd better be industrious cause it costs Rs. 25,000.
‘BEST OF INDUSTRY’ FASHION SHOW | 7.30PM | Rs. 5,000
Fashions show for the big boys, the jungie makers turned creatives.
SRI LANKA FASHION & APPAREL AWARDS | 8.30PM
What it says on the box, awards for the industry.
DESIGN + INSPIRATION | NOV 18, SATURDAY
On this day you can listen to some of the international guests.
15 MINUTES WITH A DESIGN ICON
A series of short talks from Wendy Dagworthy (Royal College of Arts), Prof. Jane Rapley (Central Saint Martins), Janet Best (Colour Diversity), Lesley Burgess (University of London), Architect Peter Towse, and
The Future Laboratory - World’s top Trend forecasting, research and brand innovation consultancy for Louis Vuitton, Sony, American Express, Marks & Spencer etc.
Interactive Workshop With Ada Zainton | 2:30 PM
Coming from London Fashion week, Zainton will talk about the business of digital prints and green fashion.
Durriya Kazi | 2:30 PM
A presentation on fine art and street sculpture.
Phillipa Watkins | 4:45 PM
A presentation on color and textile trends.
Phew. Check it out. Mount Lavinia Hotel.