2528 May 2023
My program
2528 May 2023
My program

Participation guidelines

From 1 November 2022 – 16 January 2023, it’s possible to register for participation in Southern Sweden Design Days 2023! 

Participants can take part from any location in Malmö or as part of the festival's Main location, Lokstallarna in Kirseberg.

At our kick-off at Form/Design Center on 26 October, we went go through how to register as well as the terms and conditions for participation. For those of you couldn't can't attend can now watch the the kick-off here.

Important dates

26 Oct: Kickoff at Form/Design Center
1 Nov–16 Jan: Open call SSDD 2023
9 Dec–31 Jan: Registration for participation at Main Location
TBD Jan: Info meeting about locations
15 March: Deadline – Program activities
25–28 May: Southern Sweden Design Days 2023

Who can participate?

Southern Sweden Design Days is open to participants within the fields of design, architecture and craft:

  • Independent practitioners, agencies, studios and collectives;
  • Design brands and companies active in the fields of design;
  • Educational institutions, cultural institutions, industry organisations and associations.

Practitioners who are not based in southern Sweden may also participate.

Participation guidelines

In order to meet the overall direction of Southern Sweden Design Days we have created the following criteria for participation:

  • The content is design related.
  • The content relates to sustainability, development and/or innovation.
  • The content is well considered, thought through and ready for presentation.
  • The content is in line with the overall theme for Southern Sweden Design Days 2023.

Program format

Participants can take part in Southern Sweden Design Days through program activities in the following categories:

Physical event

  • Exhibition
  • Seminar
  • Workshop
  • Window display
  • Outdoor installation
  • Performance
  • Fashion show
  • Guided tour
  • Open house
  • Network event
  • Film screening

Each event will be listed as an individual program activity in SSDD’s overall program at southernswedendesigndays.com and in a physical map.

Cost of registration

For participation in Southern Sweden Design Days 2023, a registration fee of SEK 300 is paid per program activity (25% VAT will be added).


Register to participate in Southern Sweden Design Days through the web form linked below. Please note: Applications submitted by email will not be processed.

Participants can register any number of program activities. Please note! Each program activity must be registered individually.

Example: You want to participate with an exhibition, a seminar and a workshop. You then need to register these by submitting three individual forms. The cost of registration for all program items will in this case be a total of (300 + 300 + 300 =) SEK 900 plus VAT.

Registration process

Southern Sweden Design Days is an inclusive event and there is no selection process. Form/Design Center reviews all submitted program activities and participants will receive notification no later than 4 weeks after submitting a program activity. After formal confirmation, participants will receive login and instructions on how to complete their program activity.  We will also send an invoice for the registration fee. Registration is final only when the registration fee has been paid.

Apply here!

Theme 2023: ”Dissonance”

Each year a new theme is presented with the aim of inspiring, spark creativity and new ideas for an exciting program. The theme for Southern Sweden Design Days 2023 is Dissonance.

Dissonance is a state of imbalance – a feeling that something is not right. Dissonance can be unsettling, but often gives rise to innovative development in its constant pursuit of harmony. In music, dissonance is a combination of tones that create uneven pitches that do not follow a musical pattern. Intervals that strive to be resolved into a consonance, a tension-free harmony.

Dissonance is abrasive and creates mixed emotions. At the same time, dissonance can spark creativity and the desire to drive change. Today’s turbulent times require adjustments and adaptations. Overwhelming and uncomfortable facts and events are triggering disagreement and polarization. Nevertheless, dissonance is fundamental for a democratic society and a driving force for discussion, debate, and development.

We welcome your different interpretations of the theme!

Locations across Malmö

During SSDD, the city is filled with activities and participants can take part from any location in Malmö. Participants are responsible for finding a venue for events. 

However, the Form/Design Center organisation is willing to advise and – to some extent – help participants find a location for their event. Please indicate in application if assistance is requested. Examples of locations: own studio space, empty properties or industrial premises, pop up in retail space, outdoor locations.

An info meeting about locations will be held in Jan 2023, when different suggestions on locations will be presented.
Read more here!

Main location

Lokstallarna in Kirseberg will serve as a connection point for the event and the venue for a limited number of selected larger exhibitions that relate to SSDD’s overall focus (Sustainability, Collaboration, Development and Innovation) and to the 2023 theme. The exhibitions are selected by a panel. The minimum exhibition space is 50 m² indoors and 25 m² outdoors. Practical info about participation in the Main location is available here.

On site in Lokstallarna, visitors will also be able to attend panel discussions, seminars, workshops and screenings in SSDD Studio.

Read more here!

SSDD Studio

In SSDD Studio at Lokstallarna, panel discussions, seminars, interviews, workshops, screenings etc. will be held in front of an audience. The program will also be broadcasted live during the event days via southernswedendesigndays.com.

As a participant, you can apply to participate in the studio – either live during the event days, or through a self-produced film that will be shown to the audience at Lokstallarna, as part of the studio tableau.

Read more here!

Instagram Live

Participants have the possibility to broadcast live via our Instagram Live channel during the event days. Show your studio, hold a short workshop, show steps in your production process – only the imagination sets the limits. Apply for Instagram Live when registering for SSDD 2023.

Read more here!

Terms & conditions 

Download the terms and conditions for participating in Southern Sweden Design Days 2023.

SSDD 2023 Terms and Conditions pdf