Shanghai Design Week 2013

Yup, Shanghai has a Design Week of its own. It's not quite as fleshed out and prominent as its cousin up north in Beijing, but here it is anyway, folks -- a relative Johnny-come-lately in the international design scene, running this year from September 5 to 11 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. There hasn't been much hoopla leading up to the event, and the official website isn't very detailed. But, here's what we do know. This year's theme, roughly translated, has to do with design achieving dreams through innovation, open-mindedness and sustainable practices. Awards will be given out to the "Brand of the Year", "Person of the Year" and "Product of the Year". The first two categories will award three entities, while "Product of the Year" will award five. The week's events will be categorized into three ways of exploring the city's design: first, the "Home Tour" at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, where visitors can see examples of local product design. Then there's the "City Tour", which is a walking tour of Shanghai's creative communities. Organizers have prepared a map that details the work spaces, retail areas and cultural sites (mostly located in Jing'an district) that are considered design standouts. Finally, the "Journey" leg of the event ties Shanghai to sister cities that also celebrate design. Something cheesy like that, anyway. Apparently there will be some design-related activities that rope in Florence and London. We've got the schedule of events below. *** September 6 - 7 Shanghai and Chongqing Master of Arts Exhibition Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, 79 Fenyang Lu June 26 - August 31 Thirteenth China Pavilion Venice Architecture Biennale Memorial Exhibition Xintiandi Style Mall, Taipinghu Park October 30 - November 2 APD Asian Packaging Design Showcase China International Printing and Packaging Creative Park HQ, 2112 Yang Gaozhong Lu Now -- End of December Creative M50 2013 Annual Selection of Cutting-edge Creativity Exhibit Industrial Park M50, 50 Moganshan Lu September 10 - September 22 Chinese Graphic Design Exhibition Shanghai International Design Center, 2866 Yangshupu Lu, Hall 3 30 August - 7 September Modern Technology Exhibit Yuan Nave Art Club, 31 Quyang Lu September 5 - 7th Shanghai Graduation Work Exhibit in Design and Creative Excellence Shanghai Exhibition Center, 1000 Yan'an Lu September 6 - 10 2013 Jewelry Art Fair Renaissance Yuyuan Hotel, 159 South Henan Lu September 5 - 25 2013 Jewelry and Wood Carving Exhibition Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, 79 Fenyang Lu September 19-25 Shanghai Porcelain Exhibition M50 Ceramic Cultural Park, Valley Pottery, 700 Huangbei Nan Lu October 15 - November 16 Jamy Yang Design Exploration 2013 Exhibition chi K11 art space, B3, 300 Huaihai Lu November 1 - 3 Creative Industry Expo Shanghai International Exhibition Centre, 77 Xingyi Lu