This September, 30+ of the world’s leading designers will be in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland for the AGI Open, a two-day festival hosted by the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) at Aotea Centre.

The festival is for anyone interested in unique global perspectives on design, motion, communications, digital innovation, branding and creative practice.

Festival highlights:

• Paula Scher: Pentagram New York and subject of Netflix series Abstract—the Art Of Design.
• Kenya Hara: Influential curator, writer and design director of Japanese brand Muji.
• Liza Enebeis: Creative director, Studio Dumbar. Clients include Utah Jazz, MTV VMAs, Dutch National Police and the Rijksmuseum.
• Brian Collins, head of global branding agency COLLINS, works with Spotify, Robinhood, Twitch, Nike, Equinox and more.
• James Brown: Australian designer known for eclectic “art-chitecture", including the hand-painted Bali masterpiece, Motel Mexicola, plus Australia’s Africola restaurant.

“This is the largest design festival ever staged in Auckland. Cities around the world compete to host events like this. If there is one thing that you do this year—come to the AGI Open,” - Dean Poole, event curator and Aotearoa New Zealand’s first AGI member.

Founded in 1952, the AGI is a not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting leaders of the global design industry, inspiring new practitioners, and sharing knowledge with design communities. Membership is by invitation and acknowledges a significant contribution to shaping visual culture.

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 22 August 2023