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We want to start meetup events for designers in Shrewsbury; very informal and chilled, no agenda, no selling.

There’s likely a bit more lockdown to get through before Boris says we’re good to go (and also, we don’t have a place to be good to go to yet), but please, share, share and share the message so we can start getting the word around.

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What’s it about?

The Shrewsbury Design Festival is about resilience, and what part does it play in working away from a city where there’s a real design culture?

We are a county of creatives – artists, designers, illustrators, animators, film-makers, photographers and more; Shrewsbury serves as a hub for the county and beyond, it is a place where we can bring people together.

Does location affect creativity? Geography can create barriers, both physical and cognitional, resilience is paramount. Location and interaction is a key to progress so as we retract from city to town to village do we lose connection? Are the cities where everything happens or does a better life/work balance draw people away?

Through discussions and lectures we want people to share stories on how they deal with barriers, what keeps them motivated and relevant. Workshops and exhibitions will help the wider public understand the role of a designer, encourage new generations and foster new ideas.

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