Pune Design Festival
The Pune Design Festival is the flagship event of the Association of Designers of India. Launched in 2006, the festival is a conference that brings together individuals who have “shaped the global design ecosystem.” The events, which are usually centred on a theme, include discussions, workshops, networking sessions, studio visits, a design quiz and an awards ceremony.
John Thackara, K. V. Sridhar, Maggie Macnab and Timothy Jacob Jensen have been among the list of prominent speakers at the Pune Design Fest in recent years. The last edition of the festival embodied the theme ‘Beyond’ and was held in a hybrid format in February and March 2022.
The upcoming 17th edition of the Pune Design Festival celebrates this year’s theme NXT25 and explores “the futurist agenda for design over the next 25 years for India and for the world”. The theme is underpinned by the idea that “design will increasingly engage with advancements in emerging technologies, social landscape and climate change to leave a lasting impact on the society and people’s consciousness over the next 25 years.” The festival aims to stimulate “discussions, debates, case studies and workshops that showcase the future forward design”.
Some of the eminent speakers at this year’s festival include Samar Singh Jodha—Founder and Executive Director, Red Balloon, Meeta Malhotra—Founder, The Hard Copy, Aashish Solanki—Founder and CEO, Netbramha, Tarun Deep Girdher—Graphic Design Head, National Institute of Design (NID) and many other important personalities.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Pune
1. By Air: Pune is well connected through domestic airlines with the entire country. Lohegaon Airport or Pune Airport is an international airport, located 15 km away from Pune city centre. Visitors can avail of taxi and local bus services from outside the airport to reach their destination.
2. By Rail: Pune Junction Railway Station connects the city with all the prime Indian destinations. There are several mail/express trains and superfast trains linking the city to various Indian destinations in the south, north and west. Some of the prominent trains operating to and from Mumbai are the Deccan Queen and Shatabdi Express, which take around three-and-a-half hours to reach Pune.
3. By Road: Pune enjoys excellent connectivity with neighbouring cities and towns through a well-maintained network of roads. Mumbai (140 km), Ahmadnagar (121 km), Aurangabad (215 km) and Bijapur (275 km) all are well linked to Pune by a number of states and roadways buses. Those driving from Mumbai need to take Mumbai-Pune Expressway route, which takes barely two to three hours to cover a distance of about 150 km.
- Gendered toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Masks mandatory
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Warm winter wear as January can get cold and dry in Pune.
2. Carry your winter skincare because you do not want your skin to suffer the wrath of the season.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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