Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) was conceptualised by AOD in 2009. Fulfilling the need for a global platform for the country’s growing design activity, SLDF highlights Sri Lanka’s multi-billion dollar fashion manufacturing industry, contemporary craft design sector and interior design. With a special focus on delivering commercial links and international exposure for these sectors, SLDF annually hosts a range of events to deliver a unique celebration of design.
SLDF is one of South Asia’s most business-friendly and commercially successful global platforms for design and related industries. From its inception in 2009, SLDF has successfully delivered new international business partnerships and design-led growth opportunities for Sri Lankan fashion and apparel. Similarly, SLDF has been a game changer in realigning traditional craft industries as a successful supplier for the hospitality trade, through design intervention. SLDF is now ready to deliver the same commercial success for Sri Lankan interior design and elevate it to a global stage parallel to fashion and contemporary craft.
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2009
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2010
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2011
SLDF returned in 2011 with its third edition. The much-awaited festival, added to the anticipation when it announced that the globally successful design firm ‘ADDIKT design movement’ was commissioned to create the Graphics and visual theme. The festival was held in November at Mount Lavinia Hotel and the event took place under the theme of “Close-up on Sri Lanka,” extending an open invitation to the world to take a look at Sri Lanka’s potential to lead in design and creativity. The five-day festival comprised various events including interactive workshops, forum discussions, exhibitions and fashion shows that spanned many fields of creativity and design including Fashion, Graphics, Interiors and Photography.
While Sri Lanka’s largest and the most influential export industry, the apparel trade was once again the main focus of the event, the 2011 editions’ fascinating “Close-up on Crafts,” highlighted the livelihood development and craft revival projects involving artisan communities in the North and East and traditional craft communities in the Central and Southern provinces. It featured homeware, fashion and product design through an exhibition, a pop-up store and a fashion show.
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2012
SLDF 2012 kick-started on the 15th of November 2012 featuring design integrated craft products from across the island, highlighting the efforts of over 500 local artisans through interior, hotel ware and textile products. The team invited Hoteliers, Architects and Interior Designers to attend a preview of products designed and developed for the hotel industry using craft at an exhibition presented in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism. The South Asian Leadership Forum took place for the 2nd consecutive year, focusing on marketing Sri Lanka as a fashion hub. Once again, the festival comprised various events including interactive workshops, forum discussions, exhibitions and fashion shows that spanned many fields of creativity and design including Fashion, Graphics, Interiors and Photography.
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2013
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014
SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2015
SLDF unveiled its 2015 focus as ‘Design Means Business,’ amplifying the use of design to support major industries and their ability to draw in new business to the country.
With this vision, Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) now sets forward to achieve a major cross-industry impact enveloping fashion and apparel manufacturing, interior design, hospitality and much more with an influential international delegation of buyers, investors and retailers attending the event.