With over two millennia of captivating history, it´s jewel-like coastline, vibrancy and relaxed atmosphere, Spain´s third city has firmly established itself as the consummate destination.
Founded in the year 138 BC, Valencia is intrinsic to the history and culture of Spain as a whole, whilst retaining a fiercely distinct regional identity. Replete with Roman foundations and Moorish history, Valencia is a melting pot of cultural and architectural styles – a veritable feast for the senses. It´s magnificent structures such as the Cathedral and the Serrano Towers are an absolute must-see. Yet, despite it´s deep roots in Spanish history, Valencia is a decidedly forward-thinking city, boasting ultra-modern institutions and structures such as the City of Arts and Sciences. Here, the old informs the new in beautiful harmony.
Additionally, since the America’s Cup, the most prestigious sailing competition worldwide, the city has become rather a favourite destination for those who like innovation and design mixed with the authentic traditions.
That said, it’s not surprising that Valencia will be the 2022 World Capital of Design, announced by the prestigious World Design Organization (WDO)®, an international non-government organization and the international voice for industrial design. It promotes and shares knowledge of industrial design-driven innovation that enhances the economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life.
Feria Valencia presented their nomination with the aim of promoting innovation and design. This project has managed to bring together Valencian political groups and governments to inspire professionals in graphic design, products, interiors and fashion, as well as architects, illustrators and advertising agents, in addition to attracting private companies from various sectors and arousing the interest of local, national and international media, and not only those that specialise in design.
Valencia’s candidacy, articulated around the slogan “The Mediterranean design of Valencia. Design for change, design for the senses”, has geographical, but also aesthetic, ethical, philosophical and political implications.
Thus, from January to December 2022, each month will be marked by a global theme based on four types of events: exhibitions, congresses, workshops and talks. The focus will be on content such as: design in the face of climate change, Mediterranean design, the commitment of design to gender equality, the history of design, narratives based on design, industrial development, and design and nature, among others.
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