Pentawards announces its first ever in-person festival

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Pentawards, the leading network dedicated to recognizing global packaging design excellence, has announced its first ever in-person Pentawards Festival: a two-day event exploring the latest trends, insights and developments in the global packaging and design industries.  

The festival will take place on 22nd – 23rd of September 2022 at London’s famous Science Museum, whose IMAX Theatre will host a selection of world-class keynote speakers, industry debates and practical workshops, with exciting pitching and networking opportunities in the museum’s Flight Gallery. Pentawards say the aim of the event is to explore and reveal the factors shaping the future of the packaging and design industries as brands and creatives adapt to the unprecedented change of the last few years.

Keynote speakers at the festival will include:

  • Mauro Porcini, Vice President of Design, PepsiCo, USA
  • Paula Chin, Senior Policy Advisor, WWF, UK
  • Ximena O’Reilly, Global Head of Design, Nestle, Switzerland
  • Tim Jones, Creative Director, BBC, UK
  • Jeremy Lindley, Global Design Director, Diageo, UK

The festival will be split into three core sections: Sustainability 2.0, Authentic Inclusivity, and Essential Futures and it will be followed by a Gala Ceremony on 23rd September at the Royal Opera House, where this year’s Pentawards competition winners will be announced. 

Adam Ryan, Head of Pentawards, commented:

“We’re really looking forward to hosting our first in-person festival with a host of amazing speakers from across multiple sectors. With such a turbulent two years behind us, we can’t wait to hear from industry leaders on where they see the future of packaging and design going. We’re excited to bring the global design community together to share insight into how creativity is unfolding.”

The full list of speakers include Mauro Porcini, Vice President of Design PepsiCo (USA), Paula Chin, Senior Policy Advisor WWF (UK), Ximena O’Reilly, Global Head of Design, Nestle Switzerland, Tim Jones, Creative Director BBC UK, Jon Marshall, Partner Pentagram UK, Jeremy Lindley, Global Design Director Diageo UK, Kevin Marshall, Creative Director of Design, Microsoft USA, Mark Buckley, Strategic Design Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation UK, Marta Suslow, Product Innovation, Corporate, Beiersdorf Germany, and Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder, Notpla UK

Founded in 2007, Pentawards is the leading global platform and community for packaging design. It is committed to recognizing excellence in design, providing a source of inspiration, and connecting people from across the world through its annual competition, gala ceremony, international conferences, digital events, books, social platforms and more.

Now in its 16th year, the Pentawards competition has received in excess of 20,000 entries from over 60 countries globally since launch. Each year the Gala Ceremony is held in a different location around the world, and winners will be featured in the next edition of the exclusive The Package Design Book.