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Birmingham Design Festival is a not-for-profit event dedicated to supporting and celebrating the international design community.

The team’s belief that high-quality design education should be accessible for all means the festival doesn’t charge high ticket prices, and as a result, support from those who can is vital to the future success of the festival.


Become a partner

Become a partner

Our partnerships are absolutely vital to delivering BDF and offer an opportunity for organisations who are passionate about design to support the festival whilst engaging with a broad, international design community.

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Your name up in lights

Sell your wares

Reach thousands of attendees

Engage with the design community

Benefits for 2024

Partnerships for BDF last year-round with prices alternating depending on whether we are in a ‘Festival’ year or a ‘Conference’ year. Below are the benefits for the Festival in 2024, happening 6th–8th June.

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£1,000 (+VAT)

District partner

£6,000 (+VAT)

Main partner

£12,000 (+VAT)

Free festival passes


Logo listed with fellow BDF partners on website/programme

Article on BDF journal

Activiation in the form of competitions, workshops and events at the festival

Opportunity to promote via leaflets at festival venues

Logo displayed on banners & screens at District hubs and on targetted district promotion

Sponsored District
All Districts

Opportunity to host a promo stand at District hub

Sponsored District
All Districts

Advert in BDF printed programme

Half Page
Full Page

Logo displayed on banners & screens at main evening events

Logo listed as main partner in BDF website header & BDF emails

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Like what you see? We’re keen to bring you on board as part of the BDF family in 2023 and beyond. Drop us a line and we can chat further.

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Current & previous partners

Some of the companies that have already shown support for BDF over the past two years.


“The BDF made it clear that, in the most genuine way, a huge amount of people are enthused by design, creativity, discussion and inclusion.

They came along to be part of it, to celebrate it or learn more about it. Against a backdrop of creative subjects being down-graded in our schools, your event in Birmingham (with the highest youth population of any European city) showed that young people are defiantly passionate and motivated about our creative industries.”

Mark Jessett, G . F . Smith

Case studies

Our partners continue to think of new and engaging ways to speak to our audience. Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration for how you can work with us.

McCann, 2018

Global agency supergroup McCann were a main sponsor of BDF2018, and took their role very seriously, getting stuck in with a unique and exciting partnership activation.

They invited creatives to pitch themselves in 130 seconds to ‘win’ a new job, from the back of a van! This challenge was hugely popular with over 40 pitches over the festival duration – and 4 candidates awarded placements – and one full time junior creative position!

Awesome Merchandise

As main sponsors Awesome Merchandise threw themselves into helping make BDF as awesome as possible – from hosting multiple workshops at ROPE Press and free to attend live-screen printing demo’s, to filming Aaron Draplin talking about his love of merch, to introducing our evening speakers at the Conservatoire!

All our attendees went home with awesome merch thanks to Awesome Merchandise, and volunteers were highly visible in their BDF t-shirts, lanyards, badges etc.

Get in touch

Like what you see? We’re keen to bring you on board as part of the BDF family in 2023 and beyond. Drop us a line and we can chat further.

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