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Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) was conceptualised by AOD in 2009. Fulfilling the need for a global platform for the country’s growing design activity, SLDF highlights Sri Lanka’s multi-billion dollar fashion manufacturing industry, contemporary craft design sector and interior design. With a special focus on delivering commercial links and international exposure for these sectors, SLDF annually hosts a range of events to deliver a unique celebration of design.

SLDF is one of South Asia’s most business-friendly and commercially successful global platforms for design and related industries. From its inception in 2009, SLDF has successfully delivered new international business partnerships and design-led growth opportunities for Sri Lankan fashion and apparel. Similarly, SLDF has been a game changer in realigning traditional craft industries as a successful supplier for the hospitality trade, through design intervention. SLDF is now ready to deliver the same commercial success for Sri Lankan interior design and elevate it to a global stage parallel to fashion and contemporary craft.

SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2009

The SLDF 2009 edition was the first festival of its kind here in Sri Lanka and was able to successfully promote Sri Lanka’s Creative industries and show case its creative talent. It provided a mélange of aesthetic, ethical and original fashion shows, design exhibitions and workshops. Poised to be the biggest annual celebration of design in Sri Lanka, the event incorporated many design disciplines and activities that offered the viewer a dynamic, different and uniquely Sri Lankan reflection of the emerging talent that reflects Sri Lanka’s diverse Influences.While the 2009 edition was specially designated for the promulgation of Fashion Design, SLDF also gave prominence to other design sectors such as Crafts, Graphics, Interior and Jewellery Design.

SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2010

Sri Lanka Design Festival 2010 took place under the theme of Design Difference, encompassing Sri Lanka’s multi-faceted creative industries and the difference created through them by design as a value addition. Supported by the Export Development Board and MAS Holdings, SLDF 2010 advanced local creativity to a global platform along with a powerful, ethical and ecological conscientious stance by becoming the first carbon neutral event in Sri Lanka. The festival also comprised of various events including interactive workshops, forum discussions, exhibitions and fashion shows that spanned many fields of creativity and design including Fashion, Graphics and Interiors.
 
 

SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2011

SLDF returned in 2011 with its third edition. The much-awaited festival, added to the anticipation when it announced that the globally successful design firm ‘ADDIKT design movement’ was commissioned to create the Graphics and visual theme. The festival was held in November at Mount Lavinia Hotel and the event took place under the theme of “Close-up on Sri Lanka,” extending an open invitation to the world to take a look at Sri Lanka’s potential to lead in design and creativity. The five-day festival comprised various events including interactive workshops, forum discussions, exhibitions and fashion shows that spanned many fields of creativity and design including Fashion, Graphics, Interiors and Photography.
While Sri Lanka’s largest and the most influential export industry, the apparel trade was once again the main focus of the event, the 2011 editions’ fascinating “Close-up on Crafts,” highlighted the livelihood development and craft revival projects involving artisan communities in the North and East and traditional craft communities in the Central and Southern provinces. It featured homeware, fashion and product design through an exhibition, a pop-up store and a fashion show.

SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2012

SLDF 2012 kick-started on the 15th of November 2012 featuring design integrated craft products from across the island, highlighting the efforts of over 500 local artisans through interior, hotel ware and textile products. The team invited Hoteliers, Architects and Interior Designers to attend a preview of products designed and developed for the hotel industry using craft at an exhibition presented in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism. The South Asian Leadership Forum took place for the 2nd consecutive year, focusing on marketing Sri Lanka as a fashion hub. Once again, the festival comprised various events including interactive workshops, forum discussions, exhibitions and fashion shows that spanned many fields of creativity and design including Fashion, Graphics, Interiors and Photography.

SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2013

Sri Lanka Design Festival celebrated its 5th year anniversary in 2013 and unfolded its South Asian agenda. Over the past 5 years, SLDF has already evolved to become one of the biggest and most successful annual celebrations of Sri Lankan fashion and design. SLDF 2013 included a range of exciting design forums, fashion symposiums, exhibitions and fashion shows that portrayed the design potential of the region and hosted its first ever South Asian edition of events under the theme ‘South Asia’s Creative Hub’. While the 2013 edition was specially designated to highlight the role Sri Lanka plays in the Fashion industry and brand it as South Asia’s Creative Hub globally, SLDF also gave prominence to other design sectors such as Crafts, Graphics and Interior Design.
 

SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014

Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) launched its first-ever Interior Design Edition in 2014 and the exhibition was a huge success while it showcased some of the state-of-the-art designer interior spaces curated and designed by SLDF 2014 IDE international production team.Sri Lanka Design Festival’s 2014 fashion edition concluded with a preview into Sri Lanka’s brand-led future in fashion, taking a giant step forward from the country’s longstanding reputation as a sustainable and technologically advanced manufacturing destination.


SRI LANKA DESIGN FESTIVAL 2015

SLDF unveiled its 2015 focus as ‘Design Means Business,’ amplifying the use of design to support major industries and their ability to draw in new business to the country. 
With this vision, Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) now sets forward to achieve a major cross-industry impact enveloping fashion and apparel manufacturing, interior design, hospitality and much more with an influential international delegation of buyers, investors and retailers attending the event.