International Design Week (Almaty Design Week) for the first time was hosted in Almaty from 22nd to 24th November. This event aims to unite professional designers and manufacturers by giving a powerful impulse for the development of design industry in our country. The purpose of the Almaty Design Week is to provide a platform for further development, interpenetration and mutual enrichment of culture, design, and business in Kazakhstan.
Almaty Design Week - is an attempt to present diversity and development prospects of design in Kazakhstan ; to understand its role in the innovative development of society, economy and the state. Almaty Design Week shows the development of design, considering different points of view , based on different definitions , approaches and interpretation. Works of Kazakhstani and foreign designers were presented at the event: industrial design, architectural and urban environment design , graphic and product design , fashion design and ethno -design, web design and animation.
“Damu” Fund was presented as an official partner of the event, because of active support of design products manufacturers and business in general. Gulsaya Altaevna Zeynelgabdina , manager of the department of training and service support, welcomed all participants on behalf of the " Damu" Fund at the opening ceremony.
Suleimenov Timur Bimashevich, President of Kazakhstan Designers Union, was one of the speakers at the opening ceremony. He also was honored to cut the ceremonial ribbon, which symbolizes the official opening of the Design Week.
The main exposition represented various types of design in the broadest sense of the word - from the design of advertising and architectural environment to graphic and industrial design. The exhibition was held at the Sports Palace, named after B. Sholak ("International Design Exhibition 2012", "Advertising, Art, Brand 2012", "Printing and Packaging 2012", "Book publishing 2012", "Business souvenir, Chancellery 2012").
Moreover, the hall of the Sports Palace was the platform for the exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Kazakhstan Designers Union. There were presented the most significant works of Kazakh designers of yesteryear.
"Damu" Fund Exposition had strong interest among visitors. The event was attended by many attendees, among which were acting SME entrepreneurs , and those who wish to start their own business. Gulsaya Altaevna Zeynelgabdina also acted as a speaker at the seminar on the topic of "Damu" Fund activities to support SMEs. In particular, she described the newly opened business support centers.
International Competition "ALMATY !" for the prize of the City Mayor was held in the Museum of Art named after A. Kasteev . The participants will develop a brand of Almaty and design program of urban streets (st. Furmanova and Dostyk av ). Competition was judged by an authoritative international jury. 5th scientific and practical conference "Modern Design" and the Festival of the conceptual and industrial design "White Autumn" held at the same place.
Also design shows, expositions and presentations of partners was held At the Sports Palace and the Museum of Art’s named after Kasteev passed. In addition to the main expositions participants attended lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, round tables. Companies from Kazakhstan, Belarus , Russia, Italy, the UK and other countries were involved In the International Design Week in Almaty.