Due to COVID-19 we’ve put 2020 festival plans on hold. We’re looking forward to returning in 2021. Find out more
Birmingham Design Festival is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and celebrating the international design community.
The founder’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 absolutely vital to future success of the festival.
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Where does your money go?
In 2019 the generous donations we received not only helped deliver an amazing, accessible festival but also supported the local design community.
That’s how much (roughly) it costs to put on BDF taking into account all the fees, travel and expenses.
Went to local festivals, kickstarters and projects delivered in Birmingham that help support the design & tech community.
We’re hoping to do more and more over the next few years for the local community and we’re just getting started.
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.
Partnerships for BDF last year round with prices alternating depending on whether we are in a ‘Festival’ year or a ‘Conference’ year. Below are benefits for the 2020 Conference.
Free tickets to BDF 2020
Free job listings on Birmingham Design site
Logo listed with fellow Birmingham Design partners on website & programme
Article on Birmingham Design Festival journal
Listed on partner boards at venue
Flyers at venue and in festival packs
Vouchers/promotions on ticketing emails
Promo stand at BDF 2020 inside the venue
Logo on stage banners and speaker intros
Competitions, events and workshops around the festival
Logo on volunteer t-shirts
Current & previous partners
Some of the companies that have already shown support for BDF over the past two years.
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.
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!
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.