Sri Lanka Design Festival launches ‘Design Lokayak’ to cultivate a broader vision for design

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SLDF 2022 scheduled from 2 to 4 December at the Colombo Innovation Tower publicises an inspiring programme of talks, shows and exhibitions connecting design to entrepreneurship, local innovation, and a solution-driven approach to overcoming current challenges.

Themed ‘Panoramically new, Panoramically local, Design Lokayak’ this 2022 edition aims to present a broader local design vision with a global perspective. Highlights include a talk by Chris Doering Co-Head of PhD-Program Eco-Social Innovation by Design at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts; a forum in collaboration with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch circular design methodology experts CIRCO will delve into the role of sustainability for innovation; a knowledge sharing session on cultivating cultural education in society led by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts in Sri Lanka. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka and the AOD Graduate Exhibition will also be held as part of Sri Lanka Design Festival at the Colombo Innovation Tower this December.

SLDF’s 2022 programme has been curated to support Sri Lankan designers, artists and design industries by providing an effective platform to connect with the globe, and to share some of the most relevant viewpoints from international design with local design communities. 

It will also showcase local designers, artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs driving creative change in Sri Lanka and celebrate creators with solutions that appeal to audiences worldwide.

Included in the line-up of this stimulating programme is the Hall of Fame Exhibition featuring trailblazing young designers like Umanga Samarasinghe, Poornima Meegammana and Amoda Rathnayake, talks and workshops discussing art, mental health and music and a poignant discussion between design undergraduates of AOD debating the need for creative education institutes in the future. 

Sri Lanka Design Festival will be open to the public, revealing an inspiring series of events spread through the first week of December. To view the full programme of events and pre-register for events, visit 

Sri Lanka Design Festival is presented by AOD, Sri Lanka's pioneering Design Campus, and will be hosted at the Colombo Innovation Tower (CIT) - 477. R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 04. 

If you're looking for more information on the festival, or looking to employ creative talent or explore design, drop by CIT between 9am - 5pm or call us on 077 572 7772.