SLDF 2020 Event Schedule

SLDF 2020 will be taking place from October 21st through October 25th, 2020. The following are the events taking place. Please save the date and register for more information.


International 1 Day Educators Summit - Building bridges, developing partnerships

Tired of going to summits being inspired but forgetting what it was about when you get home? Are you an aspiring change-maker within education? You are aware that things need to change but not sure how?

Be a part of this 1- day session that sets objectives and charters a 12 month action plan.


Contemporary Crafts Forum (CCF)

This innovation and creative thinking geared conference takes ancient craft heritages and reinvents them with new ideas on material and application innovation, bringing in productivity, technology, market development, and cross-sector collaborations. It’s the future of the product. At a time when the brightest business minds are saying that ‘the future of the product is all about storytelling and unique experiences’ the business world begins to take note. This power-packed forum is a chance for forward-thinking product brands, designers and curators to join in for a conversation that can really play a positive role in building a better business for tomorrow.


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz is a household name across the globe and is known as an icon of style. As part of its international brand philosophy, Mercedes-Benz supports fashion innovation all over the world.


The 2020 edition of Sri Lanka's first international Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka will be showcasing the fashion & apparel industry of Sri Lanka & South Asia, while creating many international opportunities for local and regional designers.


Future Sustainable Forum (FSF)

Returning to the global sustainability calendar, this biennial event pioneered and influenced the thought leadership across the world bringing in cutting edge thinking by global changemakers.


Since the inaugural symposium held in 2009 backed by the world’s first ethical apparel sourcing destination, Sri Lanka Apparel, the thought leadership has evolved from the ethical platform focusing on people, planet and profit to promoting sustainable business practices and now extending the dialogue to designing fashion’s circular future. Bringing together the world’s foremost authorities on sustainability and circular economy with industry leaders and value chain partners to discuss, debate and identify meaningful outcomes for an industry with a global value chain that is working hard to limit its damage to the environment and has a strong voice and platform to influence other industries.


South Asia Apparel Leadership Forum (SAALF)

“The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent… it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance” announced Klaus Schwab - Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum heralding the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The vast range of new technologies fusing the material, digital and biological worlds and blurring the boundaries between disciplines is not only having a huge impact on economies and industries worldwide but challenging ideas about what it means to be human. The global trend towards increasingly nimble, innovative and adaptable industries emulating product- service business models needs versatile, technologically-minded professionals with design, innovation and entrepreneurial skills to drive the user-experience innovations of the future; essentially the changemakers of the future.


In its 8th year evolving thought leadership in the region, the annual gathering of the industry titans and thought leaders from across the apparel supply chain will further the dialogue in the role of design thinking, technology, and innovation as changemakers of industry. Bringing together some of the sharpest minds in the business to discuss and collaboratively bring to bear innovative solutions to complex issues impacting not only the commercial success of business ventures but those impacting the lives of people and societies globally.

Sri Lanka Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate design innovation geared towards sustainability and to promote Sri Lanka as the exciting new international gateway destination to the South Asian design market.

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Colombo Innovation Tower

No. 58 Lauries Rd, Colombo 004

Sri Lanka

Call: +94 11 586 7772


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