Dates for BEDA European Design Forum & General Assembly 2020

The dates for the next BEDA European Design Forum and General Assembly for 2020 have been confirmed for the 28 and 29 of May 2020. Please put them in your diary.

The 2020 European Design Forum – Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France

Thanks to the proposal of lille–design, the 2020 European Design Forum will be held on Thursday 28 May 2020 at the museum Louvre Lens which lies about 40 km south west of Lille Métropole 2020 World Design Capital. The museum’s collection is drawn from the Louvre in Paris and housed in the beautiful building conceived by the Japan architects SANAA who teamed up with Imrey Culbert and then Adrien Gardère for exhibition design, and with Catherine Mosbach for landscape design. Since 2012 it has received over 2 million visitors.

As delegates of the European Design Forum, we will have a unique opportunity to hear from the Museum Director speaking of how the Museum has transformed an underprivileged territory, created a tourism economy and how design has played a key role in the overall process. We will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the specialist Time Gallery.

The content for the Forum is currently in discussion with our host and more information will follow in due course. We can say at this point that it will have tourism and its impact on a region as a rich starting point for presentations and discussion with key messages drawn out for design policy at the national and European levels. If you have any specialist interest in design and tourism please do let either let Päivi at paivi@beda.org or Michael at michael@beda.org know.

It is currently anticipated that the day will broadly follow the format of last year’s Forum in Brussels with presentations, opportunities to debate and a workshop element.

Note that a bus will be provided from Lille in the morning for delegates of member organisations to travel to Lens and then back to Lille in the evening.

Dinner on 28 May – Lille
On that evening it is planned for all attending the Forum to return to Lille, (a bus will be provided for the 30 minute drive), to have dinner together, at individual’s own cost, alongside an event of Lille Métropole 2020 World Design Capital.

2020 BEDA General Assembly – Lille
The following morning, on Friday 29 May 2020 starting at 09:00 (registration from 08:30), BEDA will hold its 2020 General Assembly in Lille. This will conclude with a buffet lunch from 12:00 to 13:00.

Speaking of tourism… It is worthwhile noting that lille–design will suggest a selection of events of 2020 World Design Capital to visit on the Friday afternoon and the weekend following the General Assembly. Why not make the most from your travel plans!