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New festival aims to promote Brighton as world-class urban design centre

Local businesses invited to launch event on 11 July

Design Brighton, a brand-new week-long festival, is coming to the city in October 2019, and aims to position Brighton as a world-class urban design centre, alongside established design weeks in London, Milan and San Francisco.

A launch event for the festival will be held on Wednesday 11 July at the Brighthelm Centre on North Road and all local businesses are invited to attend.

Initial plans for the festival include tours of design workshops, walking tours of Brighton’s urban realm, inspiring talks, exhibitions and networking opportunities for students and businesses in the sector.

Founded by the Cowell Consulting Group alongside Stickland Wright, a local architect and interiors firm, the festival has already secured support from Brighton and Hove Council, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), RLF, Groundsure, Minton Young, Wolfstrome Design, Stokes Group, University of Brighton, Lollipop Print Shop and Midnight Communications.

Festival co-founder John Cowell of Cowell Consulting Group explains: “Our vision is to create a leading design week, to promote Brighton’s global reputation as a design rich city. The festival will showcase the city’s exceptional designers, producers and educators to create a strong collaborative network and put Brighton on the map.”

Festival co-founder Nick Stickland of Stickland Wright comments: “This city all too often loses out to London for projects large and small, and some of our outstanding students are being lured away. Design Brighton will light a beacon to attract investment, visitors and students to the unique offering of Greater Brighton.

“Brighton is leading the charge for stellar urban design and we want the world to know about it.”

Businesses across the county are invited to attend the launch event on 11 July at the Brighthelm Centre on North Road to find out more about the exciting plans for Design Brighton and discover how they might be able to participate in the festival.

To register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-brighton-pre-launch-tickets-46563255952.

For more information regarding Design Brighton, please visit www.designbrighton.org.

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