Normally, at this point we would usually be going mad preparing the last details for Forward Festival Vienna, which would have taken place next week. Instead, we’re all facing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. While sitting in our home offices and coming up with ideas like the Lockdown Special to try and support our community, there is good news: we are very happy to announce our new date for Vienna and our partnership with Virtual Design Festival on the 17th of April!

For the originally planned festival dates, Forward Festival will partner with the Dezeen Virtual Design Festival – the world’s first online design festival, taking place from Wednesday, the 15th of April, onwards.

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On Friday, the 17th of April starting from 3pm CEST, Forward will be hosting a specially created section of Dezeen. There will be selected talks from the Forward archives. All talks will, of course, be free, with no registration or tickets required.


Line-Up: Snask | Paola Antonelli | Erik Spiekermann | Sarah Illenberger | Freitag


Make sure to check the Forward Festival channels on Friday for the exact running order and schedule. The talks will be posted individually starting from 3pm CEST.


Different date same place

On October 8th & 9th, Forward Festival Vienna will present more than 30 talks by leading creatives and studios + many workshops and side events. The main venue, Gartenbaukino, will stay the same.


About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival is a platform that will bring the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances. It is therefore a perfect fit for Forward Festivals, connecting the creative industries.

Dezeen will host a rolling program of online talks, lectures, movies, product launches and more. It will complement and support fairs and festivals around the world that have had to be postponed or canceled and it will provide a platform for design businesses, so they can, in turn, support their supply chains.