SHENZHEN, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On the morning of April 27, the opening ceremony of 2023 Shenzhen Design Week & Global UNESCO “City of Design” Summit was held at the Bay Opera of Shenzhen. With the theme of “Global Design, Shenzhen Momentum”, 2023 Shenzhen Design Week is hosted by Shenzhen Municipal People's Government and International Council of Design (ICoD), organized by Shenzhen Innovation and Creative Design Development Office, co-organized by Guangdong Bureau and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Headquarters of China Media Group. The event has been widely supported by UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), international design organizations, and the organizing committees of world-renowned Design Weeks.
Denise Bax, Secretary of the UCCN, gave high recognition to Shenzhen's creative design vitality in her speech, saying that Shenzhen is a successful model for the construction of a “City of Design”. It was the first time that Shenzhen Design Week was held jointly with international design organizations. In his speech, Johnathon Strebly, the former President of ICoD, said that high-quality design, and booming innovation and technology provide strong momentum for Shenzhen design that contributes its part to globalization and a more splendid world.
On behalf of Shenzhen Design Week and Global Design Awards Organizing Committee, Academician Meng Jianmin of the Chinese Academy of Engineering released the “Shenzhen Initiative for Global Cities of Design”, which advocates "grand design" to empower industrial innovation and development, solve urban governance problems, shape city branding and cohesion, lead fashion consumption trends, and promote the deep integration of design and digitalization. It adheres to the openness of design and its intellectual property protection while strengthening exchanges and cooperation among UNESCO cities of design, aiming to promote sustainable development.
The opening ceremony premiered the film of Shenzhen as a “City of Design” – “Be Bold and Creative” to show the fearless spirit of Shenzhen, a “spaceship” daring to explore the infinity of the vast unknown universe with the help of sci-fi skills and digital visual technologies.