Beijing Design Week kicks off with series of exhibitions and forums
Updated 19:20, 06-Sep-2019
By Sun Qingzhao, Yang Yan

The annual Beijing Design Week kicked off on Thursday. The opening ceremony lifted the curtain to a month-long event at the China Millennium Monument. 

Among more than 660 nominations, the Shenzhou V spacecraft won the classical design award. The prize aims to highlight the important role of creative design in social and economic fields. 

Bishan Crafts Cooperatives won the Traditional Craft Design Award.

The international award was given to "Children's emotion management training project in Finland."

Wang Min from the Central Academy of Fine Arts said: “The aim of hosting the Beijing Design Week is that through these awards, the value of design can be passed on to the society and become a driving force of our innovation, which helps to promote the development of our city and improve our quality of life.” 

The Shenzhou V spacecraft won the classical design award. /VCG Photo

The Shenzhou V spacecraft won the classical design award. /VCG Photo

Meanwhile, an exhibition about design in the early days of the People's Republic of China is also being held.  

A large number of valuable historical items are being showcased to the public for the first time. 

Wang Yudong, deputy director of Organizing Committee Office of Beijing Design Week, said: “As everybody knows, the People's Republic of China was built on a ruin. We look back to the difficult and glorious history. By presenting these designs, we can see everything is centered on the interest of the people."

Co-hosted by China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Beijing municipal government, the event was first launched as a pilot effort in 2009.  But it has quickly become a leading international platform for design in China. 

The Beijing Design Week ends on October 7.