Design Week 2017


Since launching in December of 2015, Design Week Addis Ababa (DWAA) has become the most anticipated design event in East Africa. It offers a distinctly collaborative platform for creative, cultural, and commercial opportunities. The annual festivity celebrates the best innovations in

  • Architecture / Urban Planning
  • Industrial Design/ Interiors
  • Technology
  • Food & Gastronomy
  • Fashion
  • Visual Communication
  • Art / Multimedia
  • and more

With a mission To create a sustainable platform for cultural and commercial engagement, highlight Ethiopia’s best innovations and innovators across industries, provide economic opportunities to both emerging and established artists, artisans, innovators, technologists, designers, and creatives and to serve as a global brand ambassador for the creative industries in Ethiopia.

DWAA has already represented Ethiopian creativity, design, and innovation in 2 international design festivals in London Design Festival as a part of the British Council Arts’ Design Connections initiative in September 2015 and Dubai Design Week as a part of Dubai Design District (d3) and Downtown Design’s Destinations initiative in October 2016.


This year’s event aims to strengthen the country’s creative industries by facilitating opportunities for knowledge exchange and technical development through workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, and other interactive events and activities.

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