• D&AD Awards 2019
    Extended deadline: 13 March
  • Extended deadline: 13 March
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What to expect from D&AD Festival 2019

Exhibitions, showcases, keynote talks, parties and more

Talks, Exhibitions and Judges Insights

D&AD Awards 2019 Winners Exhibition

The Exhibition will span a whole floor of the Truman Brewery, with over 5,000 pieces of winning work from the newly announced Shortlist through to this year’s Pencil winners, including a display of Next Awards, Side Hustle and D&AD Impact winners. There will also be a daily schedule of screenings on judges top picks and trends.

Judges Insights

Building on the success of last year's Judges Insights sessions, eight panel discussions moderated by leading industry journalists will bring you the inside stories of judges from various Awards categories.

Live Judging for D&AD Side Hustle

The D&AD Side Hustle competition recognises the best side hustles by professionals from our very own industry. D&AD Festival will host a live judging session where shortlisted entrants will be pitching their idea on stage and the final winners will be interviewed.

Next Awards Presentations

New for this year’s festival line up, the Next Awards Showcase will be an inspiring session displaying the best rising stars in design, crafts and advertising.

Meet Tomorrow's Creative Superstars at the New Blood Showcase

To help you to find the next generation creative talent, Pencil-winning work from New Blood Awards 2019 will be on display alongside that from our Shift Programme.

Workshops, Pop Ups and Stories


D&AD Masterclasses power up careers and future-proof businesses by focusing on the creative skills of tomorrow, taught by the stars of today. These courses are delivered year round and at the Festival we will be sharing this incredible creative learning programme, helping you to develop the skills and insight that you, your team and business need to excel.

Schools Programme

D&AD will be working with a number of local charities and organisations to help young people discover more about the creative industries, and shine a light on the amazing work these organisations are doing.

Pop Ups

As well as the three main Festival stages we will have several pop up spaces around the venue this year. Some will be pre-programmed by the D&AD Festival team and others will be programmed by invited or selected individuals or companies. These pop ups will seat around 30 people each.

Guerilla Content Crew

Keep an eye out for our roving independent content team, made up of New Blood Alumni, from our Shift and New Blood Academy programmes, broadcasting live feeds and interviews.

In The Space

Interactive Zone

Once again we will have a VR/AR/AI area, available for attendees to enjoy and have fun with. Last year's festival included a VR boxing match with Anthony Joshua, sliding off The Shard, Robots with marker pens by The Mill, Tosser VR by Moving Picture Company, Natural Scenes at the Natural History Museum with David Attenborough by Virry VR and Type Tasting by Heaps and Stacks, amongst others.


In 2019 we will have a buzzy central bar on the ground floor for people to meet, socialise and network in. Serving teas, coffees, soft drink, alcohol all day, it will be a hive of activity, with a pop-up stage area and, of course, a daily happy hour.

From Vegans to Carnivores

No matter whether you’re a conscious carnivore or a die-hard vegan, this year's D&AD Festival will offer plenty of choices for everyone. Vegan? Gluten-free? Vegetarians? Pescatarian? Carnivore? We'll have a food truck for you.


A workspace home from home - areas to sit and catch up on your emails and to-do list. Wifi will be available throughout the venue.

Book Shop with Author Talks

Following last year's success, we’ll once again have a range of books on creative writing, design and culture. We will also have a small stage in the shop area to host book launches, signings and discussions.

Connect with the Local Creative Community


Through an official Festival Fringe programme, we open up the conversation beyond the walls of the Old Truman Brewery. Festival attendees get free access to independently organised workshops, talks and screenings. There's still time to participate if you'd like to host a talk, screening or gig. Apply here.


After taking in all that stellar work at the exhibition, save Tuesday and Wednesday in your creative calendar. They will be jam-packed full of exciting happy hours and parties.

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