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BDF 2023

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BDF returns for 2023 with a twist as we launch the first in-person BDF Conference, a day of talks from design royalty at the impressive Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Our theme for 2023 is ‘Imagine’ and we’ve invited 8 of the finest designers from around the world to share a journey through their creative mind and process on stage in front of 800 people – the biggest single event we’ve ever put on.

Leading into the day of talks we’ll be hosting a day of workshops at Birmingham City University featuring some of this year’s speakers and a few familiar faces, pop-in for one or make a full two days of it with our Conference Pass, with prices from just £75!

From pictures books to master builders, Dreams to artificial intelligence we’ll be covering multiple disciplines and backgrounds across the two days in a celebration of design that takes some of the best bits of Birmingham Design Festival and distills them into a focussed two-day event.

Tickets are on sale now! We can’t wait for you to join us and stayed tuned for more announcements over the next few weeks.

Plus workshops from

Anthony Burrill

Venessa Scott

Astrid Stavro & Brian Collins



Gemma O’Brien

Kaye Winwood

Thursday 8th June

Workshop Day

A day of grafting, crafting and learning held at BCU.

Workshop hosts include Anthony Burrill, Astrid Stavro, Brian Collins and Gemma O’Brien. Multiple workshops available throughout the day priced £40 each or included with a Conference Pass.

Full workshop details and schedule to be announced soon.

Friday 9th June

BDF Conference

Join us for a day-long schedule of talks from an unmissable line-up of designers and creatives.

Talks from Oliver Jeffers, Brian Collins, Gemma O’Brien and more! 8 speakers from across the globe share a deep dive into their imagination.

Plus more community events, socials and talks throughout the week.

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