If traveling to New York City for NYCxDesign is not an option in May 2019, maybe you could take a quick detour to Graz, Austria. Austria’s second largest city after Vienna is worth a visit at any time of the year for its city center that is an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mix of historic architecture such as the Graz cathedral, a medieval gothic church with a refurbished baroque interior, and the contemporary, leaning towards modern, buildings like the Graz Kunsthaus mesmerizes culture and art fans alike.
To visit in May is even better, though, as the city stages the Graz Design Month. In its 11th year, this compact but important design event attracts around 100,000 people from Austria, Europe, and all over the world.
The 2019 theme centers around ‘Women and Design’. Over 100 events organized and planned in collaboration with 400 national and international brands showcase the latest in creativity, creative processes, and design thinking in Europe.
As one of the 180 UNESCO Creative Cities of Design, Graz is a hub for unconventional expression and fast and out-of-the-box inventions, innovations, and thoughts. The city is buzzing with creative energy.
The poster exhibition ‘To Death with a Smile’ where female artists display 106 posters interpreting death in a humoristic way is just one of many fascinating events that are happening during the spring month.
Another activity is the expert conference that is only paled by the three-day take-over of the Murinsel, a modern floating bridge designed and constructed by American artist Vito Acconci, and the immersion into Istanbul’s design scene.
The ‘Design Talks’, workshops, and craftsmanship, as well as the local Turkish art, turn the Mur river into the bubbling, busy Bosporus where cultures, history, and art collide and mix.
Read more about design in Austria: Panzerhalle in Salzburg.
Source: some photos are courtesy of Graz Design Month.