FAB FEST is a new summer festival, celebrating design and making, with live music and entertainment. It is hosted this summer by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Fabrication Laboratory at the University of Westminster.

FAB FEST will feature over 50 innovative cardboard pavilions designed and built by students from Westminster as well as by guest teams from India, China, USA, Italy and Turkey. Each team of five students will be mentored by either an academic or a practicing professional from the field of architecture and the built environment.

The event is a celebration of design and making and will generate an urban festival to start the summer, with family friendly events and activities from 12–4pm and an evening event from 5.30–9pm on 2 July. FAB FEST will include live performances from bands including performers from the University’s Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. It also includes a variety of family friendly making activities including cardboard robot-making, mask-making and sketching, with drop-in workshops for the public to enjoy. The afternoon will finish with the presentation of the publically voted Festival Prize for the best pavilion.

Sponsored by technical event production company Hawthorn, the challenge for participants is to design and fabricate pavilions to facilitate this festival, making a mini ‘Glastonbury-in-the-City’. The pavilions will be made from cardboard and a range of other lightweight, cheap, recyclable materials, provided by our Fabrication Laboratory Westminster. Teams can use hand tools or the Lab’s digital fabrication machines to make the pavilions.

The festival will be held at the University’s Central London Marylebone Campus, in the Fabrication Laboratory Westminster and Ambika P3, our acclaimed exhibition space. It begins on Tuesday 28 June when teams will have access to the area to build the pavilions and will culminate in a day-long festival open to the general public on Saturday 2 July.

The festival will close with live music from Emmanuel Nwamadi, a University of Westminster student and finalist of BBC’s The Voice 2015, a drinks reception and film screenings.

Visit the FAB FEST website or email [email protected] for more information.

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