The Virtual Design Festival, the world’s first online design festival, is in full swing over at dezeen.com. Organised by Dezeen, the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design website, the Virtual Design Festival is a platform bringing the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of these industries, and to explore how they can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

The Festival is hosting a rolling programme of online talks, lectures, movies, product launches and more, and keen viewers can follow Nelly Ben Hayoun as she features throughout the Festival. This post will be updated with any future events.


DEZEEN SPORTS DAY

In these pandemic times, sport has been – like any collective event – heavily impacted, to the point that one might wonder – is sport even a collective thing any more?

On the 29th of May, Nelly will bring to Dezeen an original filter fantastique spectacle, with sneaker designers, cult leaders, sports personalities and more discussing sports, design and everything in between. They’ll explore these questions and learn what sport has to offer other fields – design, nightlife, the space industry, politics and more – in this energetic, power-fuelled, live two-hour marathon show… which will also see designer Yinka Ilori running through London in real-time!

 

The event will be streamed live at Dezeen.com from 4pm to 6pm CEST on the 29th of May.


EARTH DAY SYMPOSIUM: RE:THINK

On April 22, Nelly joined Sepake Angiama, curator, educator, Artistic Director at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and curator of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennale, in conversation for RE:THINK, an Earth Day symposium in collaboration with The World Around. The World Around is a new platform dedicated to the ‘now, near and next’ in architectural culture; in this symposium, TWA presents new content and conversations commissioned from over twenty international voices leading new and exciting global discourses on environmental design. Find more information here.


VDF x DEZEEN AWARDS

On May 4, Nelly joined Marcus Fairs, Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief, for an open forum conversation about the Dezeen Awards, Dezeen’s annual awards programme for architecture and design. Now in their third year, the Dezeen Awards identify the world’s best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work. Nelly was a judge for the Dezeen Design Award in 2019. You can find more information here.


You can also see Nelly alongside luminaries and visionaries like Kunlé Adeyemi, Sou Fujimoto and Aric Chen in this video documenting judging day for the Dezeen Awards 2019, featured as one of 16 must-see Dezeen Award videos. Nelly was a judge for the Design Award.