In response to continuing COVID-19 travel restrictions, World Architecture Festival (WAF) is to migrate its 2021 event in December to a live and interactive digital format, along with sister event INSIDE World Festival of Interiors.

WAF, the world’s largest annual international architectural event, originally scheduled to take place in Lisbon this year, will be going ahead as a live-streamed event, from 1 to 3 December. Delegates from around the world are invited to partake in the conference in its live digital format; with plans confirmed for the festival to return as a hybrid event in Lisbon in 2022..

The 2021 WAF digital event will consist of three days of live conference programmes, awards, and fringe events, with talks by leading global architectural thinkers and industry personalities live-streamed exclusively to festival delegates.

The excitement around bringing WAF to Portugal’s capital city remains, and the WAF 2022 edition is confirmed to take place in Lisbon from 30 November to 2 December at the FIL exhibition centre. Harnessing opportunities opened up by this year’s event, the 2022 festival will include integrated digital elements to form a hybrid festival format, fully attuned to digital and in-person delegates. 

Paul Finch, Programme Director of World Architecture Festival, commented: “This will be the most accessible WAF to date, with all judging recorded and available to everyone with a digital pass. Including three days of live-streaming from the virtual event, delegates will have access to 40 days of presentations and conference sessions. So while we look forward to going live again next year, we are excited about enhancing access to the Festival both on-site and across the world.”
For more details on the WAF Awards and the festival please visit: @worldarchfest