The third edition of the Poznan Design Days passed. Over a weeklong festival was full of actions dedicated to the urban space, meaning, exhibitions, lectures, happenings and film shows. We couldn’t refuse our participation in such an event!
– When planning the first edition of the festival four years ago, we set up a three-year strategy to check if we were able to deal with design in the city. The first edition was focused on communication, which was supposed to verify what is the environment like and how it functions. The second edition involved new expectations. We wanted to assess how the citizens see the design. Actually, the matter of the public space kept coming back for the last three years, and it was very important from the very beginning, so the third edition was an obvious consequence of our actions – says Andżelika Jabłońska-Macowicz, the president of the University of Arts Foundation in Poznan and the conductor of the whole festival.
This year’s edition characterizes, above all, variety. Poznan was visited by many outstanding guests, such as, Gil Penalosa, the founder and the president of the management boards City 880 and World Urban Parks, Marta Żakowska, the cultural anthropologist, social researcher and editor-in-chief of City Magazine, or Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis from the CENTRALA group. Artists, activists and animators educated, told stories and made presentations to the people. They worked with the youngest and the oldest citizens of Poznan.
And we focused on the happening, presentation and…some time off.
During the festival, Plac Wolności ( Liberty Square ) was decorated by the Gianto pots. In the foreground there were 5 snow-white pots, which were painted by the artists from the YOS Studio, who created some unique pieces of art. Brushes, stickers and squeegees were used right away. The containers were decorated by the letters, stickers with the most important buildings of Poznan or the graphic patterns resembling olives. Every pot was one of its kind.
Also, we took part in the Change Your Backyard workshops as a part of the Urban Revitalization Program for the City of Poznań. Natalia Zlopana, the creator of the blog Inspirowaninatura.pl, presented to the audience some ideas and inspirations for renovation of urban space, which the citizens of the European cities had taken advantage of. There was a lot of discussion about love for urban greenery, the world of nature, landscape architecture.
Moreover, some products by nuno’ni were set in the Laba Design Zone where the workshops, film shows, chats and book fairs took place.
Poznan Design Days already ended. We will miss all those interesting discussions, creative games and original initiatives. Let’s hope this year will pass in a blink of an eye!