Design Pop design & food festival returns August 28-30

Design Pop design & food festival returns August 28-30

AUGUST 28-30, 2020
Cork City

Locations: Thompson House, Elizabeth Fort, Emmett Place and Blackrock Castle

Cork’s new food and design festival returns for its second year, resilient, it adapts and adheres to the covid-19 restrictions 

3 design teams X 3 food producers = 3 pop-up pavilions
PLUS a pop-up Irish Design Shop, exhibitions, and talks from special guests

Following its hugely successful debut in Cork in Spring 2019, Design POP, Cork’s new forward-thinking design and food festival is gearing up to return from August 28th-30th, 2020.

Speaking about re-launching the 2020 edition, Festival Director Amy McKeogh, a Qualified Architect with a Master’s Degree from University College Cork, says: "I am really delighted that Design POP will happen this year. After months of careful deliberations, it was really important that we found a way to make it happen, even in our strange new reality amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The intention of Design POP has always been to celebrate the incredible talent in Architecture, Design, and Food/Drink producers in Ireland. It is more important than ever to celebrate creativity, collaboration, and the power of Local. This year's theme for the festival is Resilience, this theme will be explored through the pavilions, talks, and conversations, happening over the weekend.

Design POP's overall festival structure has been rearranged to ensure that all social distancing requirements are met, without sacrificing any of the amazing events, experiences, and interactions shared. This year's festival intends to bring Creativity, fun, and connection into Cork City, but from a safe distance."

For the amended 2020 edition, Design POP will bring together three top Irish design teams to create three pop-up installation structures, which will go on display in various outdoor locations across Cork city. Each designer is paired with a Cork-based food or drink producer to create a bespoke space which the public are invited to explore and interact with.

The new pairings for the 2020 festival are:

  1. Ciarán Meade and Mark Cronin from Bobo’s Cafe team up with  computational designer Mark Horgan to create a pavilion at Elizabeth Fort.

  1. The Crawford Gallery Café join forces with a collective of young Architects and Designers for a pavilion at Emmett place.

  1. Blackrock Castle and Observatory team up with Cork Architectural School for a pavilion at Blackrock Castle.

The festival also boasts an impressive programme of talks, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions, which will take place at the festival HQ, Thompson House, MacCurtain Street, allowing architects, creatives, food stylists, producers, designers, and artists, to discuss and showcase their work processes. Special guests will be revealed soon!

Thompson House will also be home to a pop-up Irish Design Shop for the duration of the festival. Showcasing some of Ireland’s best handcrafted textiles, prints, artworks and much more. 

The weekend is truly a celebration of innovation, creativity and Cork. Save the date: August 28-30th, 2020.
Watch highlights from the 2019 event:
Design Pop is generously supported by Cork City Council and the Cork Local Enterprise Office.

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