We applaud the decision announced on October 14 by the World Design Organization in Turin to name the European metropolitan area of Lille as the 2020 World Design Capital.
Since its designation as European Culture Capital in 2004, Lille has resolutely opted for development, keeping in mind the contribution of cultural industries to economic growth, urban renewal, and social cohesion.
Lille Metropole’s latest celebration of culture should attract more than 5 million visitors to the area in 2020.
It will also have strong consequences for the international reputation of French design, covering a large broad range of economic and cultural activities ranging from industrial design to urban development.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs worked hard to promote this candidacy, tirelessly supporting the metropolis’s international efforts.
Established in 1957, the World Design Organization is a non-governmental association that brings together more than 140 members from 40 countries. Since 2008, it has designated a world design capital every two years. Lille Métropole is the first French area to receive this title, succeeding Taipei in 2016 and Mexico City in 2018.