The region is set to be strongly represented at the inaugural London Design Biennale which looks at ways to create a better society.
Among the 34 nations taking part are Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey.
Set to open on September 7th, the Biennale will focus on the theme Utopia by Design, looking at “sustainability, migration, pollution, water and social equality,” among other issues.
The theme was chosen in honour of the 500th anniversary of the publication of philosopher Sir Thomas More’s “Utopia,” which depicts a society governed by reason and logic.
Biennale will be the centerpiece of venue Somerset House’s year-long programme celebrating the text.
“We chose the inaugural theme, Utopia by Design, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More’s classic, and to reflect on the rich history of the modernist design it inspired,” said Christopher Turner.
The Biennale “will present newly commissioned works in contemporary design, design-led innovation, creativity and research,” bringing together designers, innovators and cultural bodies to explore “the role of design in our collective futures say the organisers.