The 15th annual Sydney Design event, held from July 30 to August 14, is themed around the question "is old new again?" The event includes seminars, workshops, talks and tours alongside exhibitions and instillations.  

15th Sydney Design 2011
July 30 - August 14
Sydney, NSW, Australia

More than 50 venues across Sydney will highlight Australian design during the 15th edition of the two-week Sydney Design festival. The events all center around the theme of "Is old new again?" From architecture to fashion, the Sydney Design festival program includes exhibitions, seminars, installations, workshops, talks and tours. Similarly, Victoria's State of Design event is held July 20-31 and investigates how design can create sustainable development opportunities and improve living conditions.

New York International Gift Fair 
August 13-18
Javits Center New York
New York, USA

This event is the second of two editions of the New York International Gift Fair held in 2011. The event is open to trade professionals only and attracts around 35,000 visitors per year. Earlier in 2011 the NYIGF honored a variety of products including those categorized as 'green'. The event attracts retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers' representatives. The categories of goods on display at the show range from home furnishings to fashion accessories and dog toys.  
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15th Tendence 
August 26-30 
Messe Frankfurt trade center 
Frankfurt, Germany 

A huge range of consumer goods from a large number of international suppliers are exhibited at this yearly trade show which attracts around 57,000 people. In 2011 the event will be divided into two main categories, 'living' and 'giving,' which are divided into further sub-sections. Some of the main themes at Tendence 2010 were 'functional furniture', 'products with personality' and 'Gemütlichkeit' - a German term meaning to feel good and have a good time.

Chara Hobby
August 27-28
Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall
Chiba, Japan

Chara Hobby 2011 is one of the largest annual trade shows dedicated to character goods and hobby items, with a particular emphasis on the latest Japanese manga and anime characters, as well as the broader pop-culture scene. The event will feature hundreds of booths by companies producing anime and other video software and novels.