Bankside was established as the first London Design Festival 'Design District' south of the river in 2015 and is back from 16-24 September with a bigger and better line-up of events than ever before.
There is a strong theme of typography in the programme. Font fans and type geeks will love the lettering workshops with sign painting legend Mike Meyer and Martina Flor, and the glow in the dark alphabet peep show from Better Letters. A first for the UK - San Francisco’s Letterform Archive will be popping up at Flat Iron Square with an exhibition that highlights the work graphic designers produce on the way to final products. The literary legends of Bankside will come to life through a series of installations by master calligrapher Paul Antonio, inscribed on windows along Borough High Street. On Wednesday 20 September, a panel of typography experts from Letterform Archive, Better Letters and Paul Antonio Scribe will debate 'The Ephemeral Nature of the Lettering Arts', chaired by Donald Hyslop of Tate Modern. Tickets are free but very limited.
A brand new commission in the series of ‘Colourful Crossings’ installations will be launched for the festival. The piece by Thierry Noir, the first artist to paint the Berlin Wall, will transform a pedestrian crossing on Southwark Street, bringing his signature colour and animation to Bankside.
Discover the hidden tranquil route of the Low Line, following the mighty Victorian viaducts through Bankside, linking London Bridge with Waterloo and beyond. There will be a series of talks, events and tours exploring this new direction across the heart of Bankside.
Lose yourself in the secret garden at citizenM, look out for product launches at designer-maker enclave Oxo Tower Wharf, visit the open studio at Buster + Punch, experience a thought-provoking installation at The Africa Centre, and get crafty at a macrame workshop with Estella Bartlett and Caravan. Plus exhibitions at Allies and Morrison, Contemporary Applied Arts and Menier Gallery, new collections from Joseph Joseph and DesignSpace London and installations at London College of Communication, gp Studio and Mondrian London. Don't miss a treasure trail of food design thinking by the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in Borough Market.
For more details on the full programme and for ticketing information visit the London Design Festival website.