The First Ever IKEA Festival: When to Tune in and What to Expect


IKEA has officially announced the first iteration of the IKEA Festival, a 24-hour global event that “celebrates the best of life at home.” Here’s everything you need to know.

Kicking off at 2 pm on 16 September, the IKEA Festival is a digital experience featuring a wide variety of people, themes and formats. You’ll be welcomed into more than 100 homes and studios, spaces which will be hosted by designers, artists, chefs, DJs and many other talents, including designer Ilse Crawford. All of this from the comfort of your own bedroom, or alternatively through a live stream in the bustle of the IKEA Tampines store.

Those joining the live stream in-store will be treated to a special activity between 2 and 8 pm. Festival-goers at IKEA Tampines will also witness a new “lived-in” showroom and receive a free festival gift while stocks last, so definitely consider popping by the store.

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So, what kind of content can you expect? SquareRooms readers are sure to love the variety of home and studio tours, led by interior designers and IKEA collaborators in over fifty countries. Not only will these get you inspired for your next home makeover, but they will give you a glimpse of how homeowners and artists arrange their working spaces as well. If that sounds right up your alley, you’ll be excited for the kitchen table discussions too, which will cover the importance of circularity, air, play and spaces.

We’re particularly looking forward to the “Shopping with…” segment, in which a variety of personalities will take you on a shopping trip through IKEA, recommending lots of must-haves for your home along the way.

Other highlights on the schedule include intimate concerts by MØ, Kanis, Niki and Masego, as well as DJ relays by names like Kaytranada, Loraine James and Zuli. Make sure to tune into the cook-offs and foodie home visits by chefs like Pasta Queen and Paul Svensson to pick up a healthy recipe or two! If you’re an avid gamer, jump into a dedicated home visit to experience IKEA’s newest gaming range.

The IKEA Festival is free to attend and requires no registration—just tune in on 16 September and you’re good to go.