Arctic Design Week is an annual event which was organized by the City of Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi Regional Development Agency, The University of Lapland Faculty of Art and Design, and various business partners. The first event was held in 2009 to demonstrate the lasted Design in the Arctic. By introducing the exhibition, holding conferences and special events, innovations in Artic has widespread to everyone.

Source: World Design Week

Started from 2009, Arctic Design Week has known as one of the most vital events in the Arctic region. The 7-day event in March displays several professional fields of business as well as innovative design from Arctic area. Never has the role of design in the Northern part of the World been describes that detailed.

Each year, the show has one different theme (started from 2011) in order to define the concentration of the design week. Here are the themes of the previous years.

  • 2018: “Out of the box”
  • 2017: “Arctic transition”
  • 2016: “Designing business in the Arctic”
  • 2015: “Transparency”
  • 2014: “How does design benefit business?”
  • 2013: “Arctic Lives”
  • 2012: “What is Arctic Design”
  • 2011: “Arctic Design – Cold & Hot”




Source: Arctic Week Design


This year, 2019, Arctic Design Week’s theme is “Design for Happiness”. The week will be full of design talks, workshops, design exhibitions, pop-up design shops, delicious food opportunities, events for kids and a number of other events. The highlight of the week is the Arctic Design Conference. Also, this year program. This year event will be breakdown to three different sectors which are student days (Monday and Tuesday); Business days (Wednesday to Friday); and Family day (Saturday and Sunday). Note down some information you may want to know about this year event!

  • Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 2019 Dates: 18.-24.3.2019
  • Exhibitions & Events: 20
  • Visitors: 4500
  • Designers & Artists: 150
  • Topics: Arctic design, industrial design, clothing, textile, service design, visual arts, ice and snow design, graphic design, handicraft