Bergen Design Festival
– 10 days of design beyond inspiration

Save the dates for 2018: 
14 – 23 September / 
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Bergen Design Festival is an annual gathering which celebrates the great workings of design and showcases creatives from the region across fields and diciplines. Troughout the festival a range of events are taking place all across Bergen – Design Mornings, exhibitions, workshops, seminars and social gatherings.

The festival features internationally renowned speakers from the design world, and celebrates the many qualities of design; as useful, innovative, beautiful and a driver of change towards a more inclusive and sustainable society.

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Bergen Design Festival 2017: Dare to experiment
22 September – 1 October 2017

It is a well-known fact that experimentation and involving users as early as possible is vital for success – so why are so many companies afraid of doing it? Bergen Design Festival 2017 explored the theme Dare to experiment with internationally renowned speakers from across the design field to share their knowledge and experience. 

Speakers from previous years include:

  • Stefan Sagmeister (Sagmeister & Walsh)
  • Mikko Annala (Demos Helsinki)
  • Yanki Lee (Enable Foundation)
  • Cesar Harada (MakerBay)
  • Dr. Patricia Moore (“The Mother of Empathy”)
  • Richard Seymour (Seymourpowell)
  • Michael Pawlyn (Exploration)
  • Boyan Slat (The Ocean Cleanup)
  • Anne Beate Hovind (Bjørvika utvikling)
  • Scott Burnham (Reprogramming the City)
  • Gunnhild Stordalen (EAT Foundation)
  • Ravi Naidoo (Interactive Africa)
  • John Thackara
  • Aja Guldhammer (Airbnb)
  • Tomorrow Machine
  • Lorna Ross (Mayo Clinic)
  • Jessica Z. Kessin (Capital One)
  • Uffe Elbæk
  • Björn Myreze (Myreze)
  • Andreas Engesvik

Key dates for 2018

Bergen Design Festival

  • Hosted annually since 2010
  • Showcasing the best of regional and Norwegian design
  • Featuring internationally renowned speakers from across the field
  • Design mornings throughout the festival
  • Open Design Studios across Bergen
  • Pop-up shop featuring local design
  • Mouth-watering regional food
  • In the center of Bergen, on the west coast of Norway

Bergen Design Festival works to promote design as a driver for user-centered, sustainable innovation. The festival is a meeting place for anyone interested in design – or as we like to say: anyone with a professional relationship to forwardmindedness.