DM17 Festival Programme Highlights

DM17, Manchester’s city wide festival of creativity and design is back for its fifth annual series, this year made up of over 50 events.

By Ben Brown | 2 October 2017

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Running from 11-22 October, DM17 once again takes in talks, exhibitions, workshops, films, a design fair and parties at venues across Manchester.

Here’s a pick of what you can expect. For a full list of events, visit

DM17 on Screen: Reframing Reality
Sunday 8th – Tuesday 24th October
This year’s Design Manchester film season, DM17 on Screen: Reframing Reality will run throughout the festival with screenings at HOME, the Dancehouse and Texture. Curated by Sir Christopher Frayling, working alongside Malcolm Garrett and Fiona McGarva, the season, which looks at different versions of the reality and the future, takes in Metropolis (1927), Her (2013), Blade Runner (1982) and A Clockwork Orange (1971). In addition, a screening of Duncan Jones’ Moon (2009) will be held as part of the National Science and Media Museum’s Widescreen Weekend in Bradford.

During each weekend of the festival, Texture in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, will be screening design-led films, B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (2015) and Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production (2017) with Q&As from some of the design experts featured in the films including Swifty and Mark Reeder.


Guardian Live – The Great Debate
Wednesday 11th October, 6.30pm
Manchester School of Art
Guardian Live – The Great Debate will be discussing ‘The Public’s Realm?’ chaired by Professor Rachel Cooper OBE, and featuring footballer turned developer Gary Neville, Ali Grehan the city architect of Dublin, and Katie Tonkinson, partner at Hawkins\Brown. A staple of Design Manchester’s annual festival, the debate will be held at Manchester School of Art’s Benzie Building in partnership with Guardian Live.


Lucienne Day: Living Design
Wednesday 11th – Saturday 21st October
Manchester School of Art
Lucienne Day: Living Design, will span three floors of the Benzie Building, home to the Manchester School of Art. Curated by Professor Emma Hunt and Dr Paula Day to mark Lucienne Day’s centenary year, the exhibition celebrates her life’s work as one of Britain’s most influential designers of the 20th century. Best-known for her textiles, Lucienne Day (1917–2010) was a virtuoso pattern designer and colourist, who worked in a variety of media during a career that spanned nearly six decades.


Fizzing at the Terminals: Buzzcocks with support from PINS
Thursday 19th October
O2 Ritz Manchester
Buzzcocks will take to the stage with support from contemporary all-female Manchester punk band PINS (Bella Union). PINS recently collaborated with Iggy Pop on their Bad Thing EP, and in 2015 opened for Sleater-Kinney on the UK leg of their tour. Artwork and projections from the ‘Fizzing at the Terminals’ and ‘Orgasm Addict Reframed’ exhibitions will be displayed around the venue during the gig.

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Design City Weekender
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October
Upper Campfield Market
The Design City Weekender will be held in Upper Campfield Market on the closing weekend of the festival and once again incorporates Manchester Print Fair featuring 58 creatives over two days. This year the weekender has has extended its capacity and moved indoors to host three days of workshops, exhibitions, live art and design, music, showcases, 3 minute portraits, food and drink and much more.