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Gothenburg Design Festival starts today and will carry on until the 27th of October. It is organized by HDK – the Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. The theme “openness” in design, form, architecture and arts and crafts will be discussed and analyzed trough exhibitions, shows and events arranged by teachers, researchers, students and design and crafts practitioners all around the city.

Photo: HDK – the Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg Design Festival is an open platform for collaborative learning that uses artistic processes to reflect upon and experiment with design as an agent of change in the creation of socially sustainable futures. It explores new ideas for learning, work and social equality.

Participants are welcome to listen, talk to and conduct experiments with students, teachers as well as national and international practitioners to see how design can be essential in creating a socially sustainable future.

The festival organizes different workshops and seminars during the entire week in several places in Gothenburg. The audience can for example create physical representations of the internet or build models in small scales. The cultural center Blå Stället will reflect upon how textiles can be perceived and used in architecture. The need to reintroduce the human perspective in public discussions, as well as diversity in artistic education will also be discussed during the week. Everyone can even discover the graduation work of HDK’s master’s students or artworks created by newly graduated creators that are auctioned at Göteborgs Auktionsverk.

All the activities under the Gothenburg Design Festival are free of charges. See the full program at: https://gothenburgdesignfestival.se

The festival is organized by HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg – in collaboration with, among others, the cultural center Blå Stället, Kultur i Väst, Chalmers Architecture, Röhsska museum for Design and Crafts, Lindholmen Science Park, ICIA – Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art, IASPIS, Public Art Agency Sweden, City of Gothenburg among others. The festival is carried out with the economic support of the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.

Program Gothenburg Design Festival 2018

Things have gone swimmingly for Styrsöbolaget’s new ferry service between Stenpiren in central Gothenburg and the island Hönö Klåva in Gothenburg’s northern archipelago. Nearly 33 500 passengers used the service between the 26th of June and the 19th of August.

The Kungsö ferry departs from Eriksberg for Hönö Klåva. Photo: Pauline Pontois/Göteborg & Co

“The route has had a sensational start, proving there is high demand for transport to the northern archipelago. It is fantastic that nearly 33 500 passengers have used the service. We are proud and delighted to have achieved this result and satisfied residents’ request to link the archipelago to the city centre, something we have wanted to do for several years. We aim for this to become a permanent route,” says Bertil Pevantus, CEO of Styrsöbolaget and Business Area Manager for Ferries at Transdev Sverige AB.

So far, the ferry has run four times a day from Stenpiren to the island Hönö Klåva via Eriksberg. The trip takes 60 minutes and a single ticket costs 75 SEK. The route is operated by Styrsöbolaget. Västtrafik travel tickets are not valid on the ferries. The route was opened by Styrsöbolaget as part of the Accessible Archipelago project for Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary 2021, in response to Gothenburg residents’ request for easier access to the archipelago.

Öckerö Municipality has noted an increase in summer visitors to the Öckerö islands, particularly to Hönö Klåva.

“There has been a sharp increase in visitors to the Öckerö islands this summer, particularly to Hönö Klåva, and all the islands appear to have seen a significant rise in visitors. There has been a marked rise in cycling tourism, which is gratifying as we have been promoting this type of tourism. Island hopping has also increased greatly in this part of the archipelago. We have no official trade figures from Klåva, but from speaking to people it seems that all businesses have at least doubled their sales. We are also delighted that many local residents are using the ferry to travel to central Gothenburg. This proves that there is also a demand for the ferry service among archipelago residents,” says Ronald Johansson, Head of Tourism and Industry at Öckerö Municipality.

The 26th of June saw the launch of the new archipelago ferry service between Stenpiren and the island Hönö Klåva via Eriksberg. The Kungsö ferry will have four daily departures in each direction from Tuesday to Sunday between the 26th of June and the 19th of August. The new route is operated by Styrsöbolaget as part of the Accessible Archipelago project for Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary 2021. It is a response to Gothenburg residents’ request for easier access to the archipelago from central Gothenburg.

The Kungsö ferry departs from Eriksberg for Hönö Klåva. Photo: Pauline Pontois/Göteborg & Co

The launch ceremony started at 09.30 am. Bertil Pevantus, CEO of Styrsöbolaget, Ann-Sofie Hermansson (S), Chair of Gothenburg City Executive Board, and Arne Lernhag (M), Chair of Öckerö City Executive Board, presented the initiative and tied a ribbon symbolising a link between the city and the archipelago. After this, the first trip departed at 10.00 am packed with tourists and residents from Gothenburg and Öckerö.

“We’re always delighted to offer passengers new services and experiences. We believe the new route will contribute to the city’s and the archipelago’s development by facilitating public transport and reducing car traffic in the region. We have wanted to open a route between Gothenburg and the northern archipelago for a long time. Now it’s finally here, and we hope it will meet with passengers’ approval,” says Bertil Pevantus, CEO of Styrsöbolaget and Business Area Manager for Ferries at Transdev Sverige AB.

Arne Lernhag (M), Bertil Pevantus and Ann-Sofie Hermansson (S) tied the ribbon symbolising a link between the city and the archipelago. Photo: Pauline Pontois/Göteborg & Co

Between the 26th of June and the 19th of August, four daily ferry trips will run from Stenpiren to the island Hönö Klåva via Eriksberg. The trip will take 60 minutes and a single ticket will cost 75 SEK. Children under 12 years travel free of charge.

Photo: Steampipe Production Studio AB/Göteborg & Co

Coffee, tea, snacks and light lunches will be sold on board. Passengers can bring a bicycle on board. Västtrafik travel tickets are not valid on the ferries. Onward transport connections are available from the island Hönö all the way to Vinga.

One of the ideas put forward by Gothenburg’s residents for the 400th anniversary was to improve transport connections between the city and the archipelago. This summer, a major step will be taken towards satisfying this request. When Styrsöbolaget and the Kungsö ferry start operating between Stenpiren and Hönö Klåva via Eriksberg, the northern archipelago will become accessible from the city centre.