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We can’t wait to welcome you to the festival in June. Here’s a sample of what you can expect at BDF 2022.

What to expect

Design Districts

Main events

Access information

Visiting Birmingham

FAQs

What to expect

With over 100 events across 20+ venues there’s something for everyone at BDF

Over 40 hours of talks

From upcoming designers to established favorites, with most talks free to attend.

Dozens of workshops

Play, learn &  create. Attend one of our many workshops and learn practical skills to bring into your everyday life.

Exhibitions, screenings, tours

As well as our programmed events we have so many things you can do and see to fill your time in Birmingham with joy.

The Design Districts

To aid with navigation and curation of your own festival experience, we section our daytime events into Design Districts that are split based on disciplines. You can spend your entire day in one or move between them to take in everything the festival has to offer.

See all our venues & map

Graphic

A hub for traditional print design, brand, typography, and advertising. Get messy with screenprints and foil, hear from the best graphic designers in the world.

Venue information

Digital

Design for screens of all shapes and sizes, expect to find everything from UX design to visual effects. Join designers who craft digital experiences and provoke emotional responses from their work.

Venue information

Product

The place where things are made. Product design, interior design, fashion, textiles, architecture, and more live under the roof of our product venues.

Venue information

Illustration

New for 2022, the illustration hub will showcase the brightest talent putting pencil to paper (or tablet) throughout the festival.

Venue information

Main events – Thu, Fri and Sat evening

Our main events bring every together at a larger venue each evening of the festival. We have some beautiful 500 seater experiences showcasing professionals at the very top of their game.

In 2022 you can expect to hear from the like of Mr Bingo, Morag Myerscough, Gaika and many more. With prices starting at £15 and evening containing talks from four speakers.

Quarter Horse Coffee

Visiting Birmingham

If this is your first visit to Birmingham and you’re looking for recommendations, we’ve put together a handy list of our favourite coffee shops, bars and more.

See our recommendations

Save 15% on your hotel with any ticket

If you’re looking to stay with us over several days, we’re delighted to offer 15% off at our hotel partner Bloc Hotels in the historic Jewellery Quarter. Simply check the bottom of your order confirmation for a voucher code.

Stay at Bloc

Access information

All of our venues are wheelchair accessible. For directions and guidance visit our venues page and select the venue you require.

Please note: Saturday at BCU Parkside is family day and The Atrium will be much busier than usual.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do the events start and finish?
Typically the first events of the day are at 11am and run roughly every hour until 5pm, with a break for lunch. Our main evening events kick off at 7pm and finish at around 10pm.

How many events are there per day?
There are 5 talks that happen at each of the four hubs with a plethora of supporting events that happen in and around each hub, so usually around 30 in total. You will typically make it to around 6 events per day if you fill your boots, including the evening event.

How much does the festival cost to attend?
All of the daytime talks that happen in the district hubs are free to attend. Evening events are priced between £15 and £25. Workshop prices are set by the host and cost up to £40, though many of them a free to attend. There are a handful of other events that vary in price, again many of them are free.

Where can I work during the festival?
If you need to get some work done during the festival we recommend heading to our Digital Hub at Innovation Birmingham Campus. There’s plenty of desk space and you’ll be able to catch a talk there too.

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